What to Do if Your Power Goes Out During a Heatwave?

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What to Do if Your Power Goes Out During a Heatwave?

Summer is well and truly here in Australia. With temperatures reaching the 40’s across the country, there is a lot of talk about how to keep cool during a heatwave.

The simplest and most effective answer is to find solace in your houses air conditioning, but what happens if you don’t have that option from a power outage?

Electrical outages from heatwaves have been a serious problem over the past few years in Australia, with over 200,000 Melbourne residents and 30,000 properties in South Australia having been without power, between 45-49.5 degree Celsius during Jan 2019 alone.

With our Summers getting drier, and hotter every year, Australians are at greater risk of power outages due to heat.

If not prepared for these heatwaves, residents are at risk of heat related injury or even death.

These heat related health issues are preventable with the right amount of planning, preparation, as well as having the following tips and tricks up your sleeve, in the case that your power ever does fail during a summer heat wave.

Why is it Common for the Power to Go Out During a Heatwave?

Before we get into the tips and tricks, it’s important to understand why it is common for the electricity goes out during a heatwave in the first place.

The simplest way to explain this is that on warmer days, people tend to use more electricity by running air conditioners and fans, on top of using their other everyday appliances.

When too many homes are generating too much electricity, the electrical generators that feed these areas can begin to experience overloading and shut down, or in the worst-case scenario, explode.

This is just one scenario in which your home could end up in the dark during a heat wave.

The second way that a power outage occurs is when power companies do something called “load shedding”.

This is essentially a forced power outage by these companies, to prevent the above scenario of the entire generator breaking down and causing more damage.

This is the most common reason for a power outage during a heatwave, and typically does not last too long.

While this type of power outage is planned and not long term, it is still inconvenient and can cause serious issues if residents are unprepared.

The Power is Out, What Do You Do Now?

So, you’re sitting at home in your Air conditioning on a 44-degree Summer day, and your power suddenly goes out.

Here are a few things that you can do to beat the heat and keep yourself, your loved ones, and your home safe:

1)      Don’t panic: The first thing and most important thing is to not to stress out. Getting yourself worked up, is going to increase your heart rate and body temperature, and when you don’t know how long you’ll be without power that can be a bad combination.

2)      Give your local power company a call: If you can, call your power company to find out what the issue could be, and report your outage. Chances are they are already aware of the problem but may be able to provide you with additional details and a timeframe that your power will be back up.

3)      Stay hydrated: Make sure you are drinking plenty of water during this time and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverage if possible. These types of drinks will cause dehydration, so try and stick with water till the heat dips down.

4)      Keep your Fridge closed: If your power is out, minimise opening your fridge and freezer. You have about 4 hours in your fridge and 48 hours in the freezer before food will begin to go off. Don’t open either unless absolutely necessary and look at having an eski with ice at the ready in case you need to start transferring some of your perishables over to it.

5)      Wear loose fitting, light clothing: Stay away from tight or thick clothes that will stick to your body. Wear light cottons, singlets and other light items that will breath and keep your body temperature down.

6)      Throw on a wet bandana: Take a wet cloth or bandana and hang it around your neck. Its refreshing and will provide some relief from the heat of the day.

7)      Seal off any windows and Keep doors close to warm rooms: Cover any windows to seal them off and prevent additional sunlight from coming in, which heats the house up more. Make sure you also close any doors to the warmer areas of your house, to prevent more heat from reaching the cooler areas.

8)      Open your windows at night: If your power outage goes into the night, open all the window in your house so the heat can escape. This will help cool your house down and make sleeping a bit more comfortable. Make sure that you close them as soon as you wake up in the morning, to trap the cool air in.

9)      Sleep downstairs: If you have an upstairs, try to avoid it for the duration of the power outage. Heat always goes up, and therefor the upper floor of your home will be especially warm during this time. Block this area off by shutting a door and try and sleep some wear in the lower floor of your house.

Now that you have a few things that you should do to stay cool and calm during a heatwave, here are a few things you shouldn’t do:

  • Don’t Cook Inside
  • Try to Avoid Hot foods
  • Don’t do any strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day
  • Don’t Eat during the hottest part of the day
  • Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine
  • If you’re overheated, don’t throw yourself into cold water
  • Can these power outages be prevented?

Until there are serious advancements in our electrical grid systems the chances are that they will keep happening.

What Can You Do to Prevent Power Outages From Occurring in the Future? 

However, you can help improve the chances of them happening less by installing energy efficient appliances and watching the electrical intake in your home.

With advancements in electrical installations, there are plenty of ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home and help reduce the overall overload on the generators.

Potentially helping reduce the number of power outages during these Summer heatwaves.

The team at KNP electrics have extensive knowledge and experience in ways to increase the energy efficiency of your home, reducing your bills and electrical foot print.

For more information on how we can help you with creating a more energy efficient home, visit our website or contact us today.

Electrical Device Checklist

Electrical Device Checklist

Summer is here and the sun is heating right up!

Now is the time to think about your electrical devices and whether they are working to their full capacity. Regular maintenance isn’t the first thing on property or business owner’s minds but it has a range of benefits that aren’t even considered. You can save on your bank balance with regular maintenance and servicing of your electrical equipment and ensure the safety of your family or employees. It is too often we see homes and lives lost from electrical faults which could have been saved by simple device checks. When it comes to electrical maintenance around your home or office, our KNP Perth Electricians have compiled a list for property owners to ensure their electrical equipment is kept in perfect working condition.

Smoke Alarms

Number one is your smoke detector! Does your home have smoke detectors at all?

Time for action! For residential properties that have smoke alarms installed half the time they don’t even have batteries in them or are flat. You should check your detectors on a monthly basis and ensure they are working condition. Majority of models have a button which says “test” and if you push this is will make the detector beep. This ensure the battery is in working order, if there is not response then it’s time for a replacement battery. Ensuring regular maintenance for replacing your units, should be a high priority. If you have been in your home for over 5 years, then you properly haven’t replaced your fixed smoke detectors as they generally have a life span of 10 years. As they are battery operated you should check as the safety of your home and occupants may be at risk.

RCDs / Safety Switches

How many times have you plugged in an appliance and it has caused a shirt circuit which disconnected the power to your home instantly? This is in place to reduce the chances of receiving fatal electric shock and times time for a new appliance! This is an example of how important ensuring your home is fully equipped with safety switches or RCDs. The Safety Switch will also stop the power to your home if any electrical wiring has become faulty over the years so ensure they are working is very important. Visit your electrical switchboard and find the safety switch. There will be a test button on it and if you press the button, all power will be disconnected to your home. This is another electrical device that should be checked monthly and if it’s not working, one of our fully qualified KNP Perth Electricians can immediately replace it for you.

Power Outlets and Switches

Your power outlets and switches are the easy part. Check for distinctive signs of wear and tear or have they been pushed into the wall too far? This causes damage to the outlets and will require replacing before it becomes hazardous. As property owners shouldn’t be installing their own electrical devices, give one of our fully qualified KNP Perth Electricians a call and we can install them for you.

Ensuring to your electrical devices are in working order is very important in your home or office. Ignoring electrical safety can have disastrous consequences if you don’t ensure your home or property is protected. Being cautious of common signs of electrical faults and ensuring electrical safety precautions are in place can reduce the risk of fire or even injuries from faulty electrical wiring or appliances. Being alert and aware of warning signs will increase your electrical safety at home and keep your home safe.

Our Electrical Services Perth are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and our Perth Electricians are based in Perth to enable a professional and prompt response. KNP Electricians work with you to step by step offering experienced advice on design, safety and practicality, which when coupled with our efficient, friendly service, guarantee the safety of your commercial business. We take pride in all of our work and every job requires the highest level of our attention to detail.

For Perth Electrical Contractors in Commercial, Residential and Emergency 24 Hour Electrician Services, contact KNP Electrics on 0439 904 180 or karl@knpelectrics.com.au

Faulty Wiring around your Home

Faulty Wiring around your Home

When your home begins to age or you are currently living in an older house, they tend to need extra attention and care especially when it comes to electricity and your homes electrical wiring. Faulty wiring isn’t always easy to spot but certain indications can raise your awareness to issues that might not be directly in front of you but behind walls and in ceilings. The following electrical issues can raise your awareness to electrical faults around your home.

Fuses or Breakers Tripping Out

Circuit breakers are installed to aid in the prevention of electrocution of fire by tripping or cutting the power supply when the consistent flow of electricity is malformed to your home. Fuses perform the same job as a circuit breaker but they need to be replaced every time they blow out. If you tend to notice that a circuit breaker or fuse is tripping frequently, then this could mean there is a fault in the wiring around the home in the circuit. If this occurs you should call your local Perth Electrician to examine the wiring around your home as soon as you can.

Discolouring of Switches

If you notice that your power outlets tend to look discoloured, they should be replaced right away. If a lose connection or faulty wiring is present it can cause the socket A loose connection or faulty wiring can cause the socket to arc and produce a small fire. This is what causes the discolouration of the surface of the socket.

Flickering of Lights

Dimming of lights can occur when an appliance or electrical good- that uses a large amount of power is switched on and plugged in. This is considered normal even though good wiring should ensure the rare occasion of dimming. If you find that your lights are flickering often it can be a sign that faulty wiring is present or a circuit breaker may need to be replaced.

Shocks from Sockets and Switches

If a socket or switch gives you an electrical shock your can be sure there is a fault in your wiring somewhere in your home. There could be a wiring problem with an appliance plugged into a socket or it could be an outlet, either way it’s dangerous and should be examined by a qualified Perth Electrician.

Burning Smells

If you ever come across a burning smell around your home you should never ignore it. These smells can be caused by a brief burn and have a distinctive scent. If you smell such a scent you should contact your local Domestic Perth Electrician immediately. Ensure you turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse so your professional Perth Electrician can examine the circuit.

Faulty wiring can be dangerous and cause major problems if left unattended to. If you suspect your home may have faulty wiring problems, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our professional Perth electricians at KNP Electrics Perth, who have extensive experience in electrical maintenance. KNP Electrics has a team of professionals who are experienced in conducting home safety audits and inspections. One of our qualified Perth Electricians can examine the wiring in your home and replace any parts where necessary.

Our Electrical Services Perth are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and our Perth Electricians are based in Perth to enable a professional and prompt response. KNP Electricians work with you to step by step offering experienced advice on design, safety and practicality, which when coupled with our efficient, friendly service, guarantee the safety of your commercial business. We take pride in all of our work and every job requires the highest level of our attention to detail.

For Perth Electrical Contractors in Commercial, Residential and Emergency 24 Hour Electrician Services, contact KNP Electrics on 0439 904 180 or karl@knpelectrics.com.au

Is it time to call a Perth Electrician?

Is it time to call a Perth Electrician

Should I call a Perth Electrician or can I do it myself?

When it comes to conducting electrical work around your home, the answer is no, call an experienced Perth Electrician. Australian Law is precise and whether it be residential, commercial or industrial, an experienced Perth Electrician must conduct the work. Each state varies in regards to the details of this regulation but the general outline defines work on any electrical equipment including:

  • Testing and Tagging
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Removing or Replacing Electrical Equipment
  • Alterations or Electrical Repairs
  • Installation of Electrical Equipment

Ensuring to be safe around electricity is very important in your home, especially if children are in the house. Ignoring electrical safety can have disastrous consequences if you don’t ensure your home is protected. Being cautious of common signs of electrical faults and ensuring electrical safety precautions are in place can reduce the risk of fire or even injuries from faulty electrical wiring or appliances. An electrical fire can occur simply from a wire overheating due to it being connected to something that draws a great current.

DIY maintenance can be expensive!

Any electrical work around your home is still against the law even if you feel comfortable and confident about electrical wiring and conducting certain electrical services. You can even find yourself in trouble with your insurance provider if you take matters into your own hands. Your insurer has the right to refuse electrical claims for accidents resulting from DIY electrical works you have conducted.

Another thing to consider is that all electrical work requires a compliance certificate from a fully qualified and licensed Perth electrician so you may find these DIY jobs could even leave you in a difficult position when you try to sell your house. This can be due to DIY electrical works seem to work well at first but can cause faults in the long term that require emergency attention. This can be due to the quality of work and lack of knowledge of electrical repair and maintenance. Even faults can arise from overloading circuits or electrical wires can deterioration to overheating.

Time to call a Perth Electrician

When it comes to major electrical services or wiring, most people know to call their local Perth Electrician but KNP Electrics can help with the simple tasks and take the stress of your hands. We can conduct electrical services such as:

  • Installing a Ceiling Fan
  • Electrical Repairs to appliances
  • Changing a Light Switch or Fitting
  • Changing the existing position Power Points
  • Building Extension Leads

All of the above services require electrical wiring so a fully qualified and licensed Perth Electrician must conduct them to ensure they are in accordance with WA safety regulations. Any electrical installation work carried out on your premises does require a Certificate of Compliance upon completion. Only registered electrical contractors can issues these certificates. Therefore it is up to you as a home owner to ensure that the Perth electrician you choose is appropriately licensed and can provide you with a compliancy certification.

With the amount of electrical equipment readily available at hardware stores, it seems like you can save on money by doing your own electrical repairs but it’s truly not worth the risk. Leave it to the professional Perth Electricians at KNP Electrics.

Our Electrical Services Perth are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and our Perth Electricians are based in Perth to enable a professional and prompt response. KNP Electricians work with you to step by step offering experienced advice on design, safety and practicality, which when coupled with our efficient, friendly service, guarantee the safety of your commercial business. We take pride in all of our work and every job requires the highest level of our attention to detail.

For Perth Electrical Contractors in Commercial, Residential and Emergency 24 Hour Electrician Services, contact KNP Electrics on 0439 904 180 or karl@knpelectrics.com.au

Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill

Person holding money to show how much you can reduce your electricity bill

These days people are always looking to save money, no one knows what the future holds. With electricity prices increasing drastically, our customers are always asking us on how to reduce their electricity bills without having to spend money on expensive solar panels or major electrical adjustments. Reviewing your electricity usage is a great place to start when you’re looking to save money off your next electricity bill. Below are a few simple changes that you can do to reduce your electricity bill, saving you money and cutting back on your electric power consumption:

  • Ensure your appliances are turned off at the power-point. Turning your TV off at the power-point could save you on your next bill
  • Turn off lights when you’re not in the room
  • Rely on natural light as much as you can
  • Use low wattage lights and energy efficient light bulbs or switch to LED
  • Pull out a rug when it gets cold in winter- lay off the heater or air conditioner
  • Dry your clothing on a drying rack and don’t use your dryer
  • Use your dishwasher or washing machine only when they are full – this will save you on both your electricity and water bill
  • Do you washing in cold water. Laundry detergents can provide great cleaning results in washing in cold water and it’s better for the environment
  • Cut your AC/ Heating needs- Keep the heater between 18-20 degrees during the winter months

Our Electrical Services Perth are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and our Electricians are based in Perth to enable a professional and prompt response. KNP Electricians work with you to step by step offering experienced advice on design, safety and practicality, which when coupled with our efficient, friendly service, guarantee the safety of your home. We take pride in all of our work and every job requires the highest level of our attention to detail.

For Perth Electrical Contractors in Commercial, Residential and Emergency 24 Hour Electrician Services, contact KNP Electrics on 0439 904 180 or karl@knpelectrics.com.au

The Importance of Safety Switches

The Importance of Safety Switches

Have you protected your home with professionally installed Safety switches?

Safety switches are designed to prevent electric shock and save lives. They monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and routinely shut off the electricity supply when an imbalance is detected in a circuit.

Our KNP Perth Electricians are frequently told by customers that they are unsure of why they need a safety switch when they have circuit breakers installed? The answer to this is- because safety switches will save your life while the circuit breakers will save your home.

Some of the most common causes of safety switches being activated are:

  • Faults in Electrical Wiring
  • Disrupting wiring such as hammering nails into walls
  • Faulty Appliances
  • Bugs and termites tripping circuits due to entering power sockets
  • Rodents eating your wiring
  • Water entering outside power sockets, lights or your roof and damaging your wiring

All of the above are everyday occurrences in residential home and without a safety switch installed, safety of your family and occupants are at risk.

Often people ask which circuits need a safety switch installed?

Our Professional Perth Electricians suggest to have a safety switch installed on your power circuit and ensure there is one installed on the lighting circuit., Lighting circuits are a hidden danger zone of rodents and rain damage so ensure you call your local Residential Perth Electrician to aid your with safety switches and electrical wiring.

Our Electrical Services Perth are available 24 hours, 7 days a week and our Perth Electricians are based in Perth to enable a professional and prompt response. KNP Electricians work with you to step by step offering experienced advice on design, safety and practicality, which when coupled with our efficient, friendly service, guarantee the safety of your commercial business. We take pride in all of our work and every job requires the highest level of our attention to detail.

For Perth Electrical Contractors in Commercial, Residential and Emergency 24 Hour Electrician Services, contact KNP Electrics on 0439 904 180 or karl@knpelectrics.com.au