I am excited to introduce a new collaboration with Electrician Rebecca Mair. Bec is not only an Electrician, but a presenter who is a passionate educator, focusing on all things electrical. Bec has an amazing You Tube channel, that you really need to take some time to look through.
Bec has kindly agreed to answer your electrical questions. If you have a question relating to anything electrical, please leave a comment here, or contact me via my email address. Take it away Bec,
A serious challenge facing the electrical industry at the moment is non-compliant products. With fast moving technology people are in a hurry to get new products even if it means importing items which do not comply with Australian Standards. The number of importers of LED products is crazy and non-standard cable such as Infinity and Olsent can be extremely dangerous.
Can you tell the difference between these two products?
Image Source: WRM Contracting
The first Cable (cable A) is dangerous and not compliant to Australian Standards. The second Cable (cable B) has been through stringent tests and complies with all Australian safety standards.
Any electrical item you purchase or have installed by your electrician must have the Regulatory Compliance Mark. This is the current Australian standard.
Ensuring your electrician only installs compliant products will reduce the risk of fire and/or electrocution.
If you are purchasing light fittings or electrical equipment to be installed by your electrician, only purchase from reputable wholesalers or retailers. Importing or purchasing non-compliant items from overseas sources or eBay could render any damage caused null and void by your insurer. You may also end up with a hefty fine.
When getting a quote from your sparky always request they list the products and brands they will be using. This way you will have a better idea of compliance.
Lastly don’t be afraid to ask questions or get a second opinion. It’s your property and safety that is on the line.
Thank you Bec, that is some fantastic advice. It’s a terrifying thought to me that Australians may have unsafe electrical equipment in our homes, especially after my Brother losing his home to fire last year. Knowing which compliance mark to check for is really welcome advice.