News & Views

13th June 2017

A Faulty Electric Blanket can be fatal

13 Jun 2017

Following a recent house fire in NZ – caused by a faulty electric blanket, we are reminded of the importance of checking all electrical appliances that we bring out for the winter.

NECA also recommends the following 10 helpful safety checks rules:

  1. Have all electrical equipment checked at least once a year.
  2. Don’t let children sleep with an electric blanket switched on in case there is any liquid spillage – which could cause a nasty shock, or worse
  3. Reduce the amount of loose cord being wrapped around anything as this could lead to damaging the cords.
  4. Remember that if you are buying anything online, it may not be compatible with Australian products and can cause electric shocks and/ or be a fire hazard.

5.       If you are using equipment that has not been used for some months check that there is no exposed wiring.  And if you notice any exposed or damaged wiring, contact your local licensed electrician – don’t try to fix it yourself.

6.       If you are using appliances that you have purchased abroad always have them checked to be sure they are compatible.

7.       Take a few minutes to explain electrical safety to children – every season, so that they understand not to play with electrical items such as plug boards.

8.       Never modify or attempt to repair any lighting equipment yourself – always get a qualified electrician to do the work.

9.       Have safety switches installed on all electrical circuits in your home – safety switches are an additional safety measure that can prevent electrocution.

10.   If in doubt, ask a qualified electrician




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Notes for editors

  1. NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
  2. NECA is run by electrical contractors, for electrical contractors.
  3. We have 5,000 contracting companies as members – and they in turn employ over 50,000 people Australia-wide.
  4. NECA employs almost 350 people across its seven chapters (Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia).
  5. The chapters provide NECA members with a range of services including: Industrial Relations, Health & Safety, Legal, Technical, Training, business-support services, product discounts and advocacy representation in Canberra with Government, Industry bodies and Training bodies.
  6. NECA wholly-owns its RTOs and GTOs in NSW, VIC & WA, the EcoSmart Electricians initiative and ACRS – one of the national cabling registrars, and has a joint venture with a superannuation company in NSW (NESS Super).
  7. NECA also employ around 2,000 apprentice electricians and provides training to a further 2,000.
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