7 methods to avoid the devastation of electrical fires

The survey taken by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) shows that on average, 47,820 homes caught electrical fires in 2007-2011. This is such a big figure and is strange as well. Half of the related accidents of electrical fires, near about 48%, were due to the short-circuiting caused by the electrical equipment, like poor wiring, low quality of switches, light bulbs, lamps, plugs, outlets and cords.

No doubt, electrical fires are hazardous, its devastation can be avoided.

– Says Jeremy Smith from ElecSmith – Electrician Melbourne
Here are some tips to keep your home and business safe in electrical fire hazard situation.

 

  1. Inspect your electrical wiring:

Do a regular inspection of your wiring because it doesn’t have a lifetime guarantee. If your home is 10+ years old, then have a complete and satisfactory checking of your electrical wiring.

 

  1. Check each and every plug in sockets:

The most common thing that gets heat up and catches fire is the old or poor quality plug of your electrical appliance. So, take a regular checkup of each and every plug of your home to prevent any type of hazard.

 

  1. Replace old wiring:

Now, if you have inspected your wiring and you found it old, consider repairing it or replacing it, depending upon the condition of your wiring. Moreover, if you find your switches and power cords tattered or frayed, either replace or repair them as soon as possible because one must not compromise on this serious issue as it may catch fire at any time.

 

  1. Avoid overloading your electrical outlets:

Ordinary outlets for home usage doesn’t provide enough capacity of current to pass through. So, the overloading of these outlets may cause a seriously unsafe situation. It may spark and may result in short-circuiting. Therefore, try to avoid overloading on a single outlet, try to use multiple ports to distribute the load of your home.

 

  1. Try to use surge protectors:

Surge protectors are very efficient and useful as they protect all of your electrical appliances attached to them. Surge protector protects your outlets and they prevent your outlets from getting hot and also preventing any chance of sparking which may further cause any fire hazard.

 

  1. Avoid placing flammables near outlets:

As mentioned before, plugs and outlets get heat up. This heat is enough to catch fire when the flammables like a blanket, any cloth or rug come in contact with any electrical equipment.

 

  1. Conscious about tripping:

If your circuit-breaker, attached to any appliance, breaks the circuit or get tripped, or in the case of a fuse, it blows the fuse, then you must have a satisfactory inspection of that appliance and decide whether to repair or replace it.

These 7 tips are the simplest and useful tips that you can follow to avoid any type of electric fire hazard.…

Melbourne crowned world’s most liveable city – Once Again

Melbourne has managed to maintain its position on the top of the ladder as the “best place in the world to live in”.

Ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index as the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne – an accolade we’ve received six years running.

Melbourne was at the top of the class with an overall rating of 97.5 out of 100 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual liveability survey. (The Economist Intelligence Unit helps business leaders prepare for opportunity, empowering them to act with confidence when making strategic decisions.)

Melbourne was able to emerge victorious, with even Vienna in the running. It placed a far cry from its rival Sydney that finished after Adelaide. Australia and Canada dominated the top 10 in the survey, which looks at a range of factors, mostly stability in politics as well as keeping in mind the strength of the institutions.

In good humour, Robert Doyle, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne declared that he would jump on the phone right away to inform Gregor Robertson, the Lord Mayor of Vancouver (which placed third on the list) . “It’s the middle of the night there, but I’m sure he will want to get the news as soon as he possibly can and I’m happy to help him do that.”
The main factor for this ranking seems to be due to a significant increase in international tourists, who are attracted to the city due to its “enviable” lifestyle and its superiority in art and culture.
“The figures from Melbourne airport show a 15 per cent increase, year on year, on international visitation. Our tourism is going through the roof,” says Victorian Premier Denis Napthine.

Sydney may have a warmer climate, but it has some catching upto do, since it placed seventh on the list, followed by Perth and Auckland.…

The big boy in volume home building – Meriton

Meriton is Australia’s largest home builder.
The 2014 HIA Housing 100 report reveals that Meriton started work on about 8,000 apartments in the year ending June. The housing industry survey of dwelling constructions estimates that housing starts boosted by 12.7 per cent over the 12 months ending June and reached 182,416.
In the report released Wednesday, HIA mentions that the country’s 100 largest home builders also increased their starts by 30.6 per cent and reached 66, 764, the highest level in more than ten years, The Australian writes. Now, the largest home builders account for about 36 per cent of the market.

Figures show that Meriton’s commencements rose from last year’s 2,573 to 7,929 this year, which makes it the most active apartment developer. The second highest number of commencements belongs to BGC Australia, which hit 5,004 starts, followed by Alcock Brown-Neaves and Metricon Homs. Brookfield Multiplex, also on the list, rose from 282 apartments last year to 2,189 over the past 12 months.

Commencements boosted in each state except Queensland and, according to the HIA survey, the strongest growth will continue in New South Wales and Western Australia. Victoria is expected to experience only a slight increase. The HIA survey also reveals that the number of the country’s largest home builders which started considering apartment developments is rising.…