Warning on dangers of roof spaces

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EnergySafety has issued a reminder of the importance of understanding the hazards present in roof spaces and how to avoid them.

Director of Energy Safety, Ken Bowron, today issued a caution to be mindful during the festive season of the electrical hazards present in roof spaces.

“The holiday season is upon us, and while we will be enjoying the usual Christmas and New Year festivities, many will take advantage of days off work to catch up on jobs around the house,” Mr Bowron said.

“Some of these jobs may involve accessing the roof space of the family home as a part of DIY projects, and there are some basic safeguards that need to be in place.

“First and foremost, please remember to turn off the electricity main switch in the home’s main switchboard before getting up into the roof space.

“There may be wiring up there with damaged insulation or exposed live parts, posing a clear risk of electric shock and possible electrocution,” he said.

Mr Bowron suggested buying inexpensive battery-powered LED headlamps to provide plenty of good lighting for anyone needing to enter their roof space.

“Good lighting is essential while moving around and doing work in roof spaces, and it is readily obtainable while the main switch is turned off,” he said.

“People need to move with care in roof spaces to avoid stepping on electrical cables or inadvertently kicking plastic junction boxes that enclose cable terminations.”

Mr Bowron also issued a reminder that DIY electrical work is illegal, and that a licensed electrical contractor must be engaged to carry out any new wiring work or alterations and maintenance on existing installations.

Further information on electrical safety can be obtained on the EnergySafety website at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/energysafety.

Media Contact: Caroline De Vaney, 6251 2363 or 0408 927 563 (media enquiries only).

EnergySafety
Media release
21 Dec 2017

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