All electrical work in Australia must comply with stringent safety standards. This is what you need to know about a certificate of electrical safety.
We all know that working with electrics can be deadly. In fact, 20 people die every year in Australia due to electrical injuries.
Instead of dangerously tinkering with electrics yourself, you should call for professional help. But how do you know if an electrician is qualified to do their job? And how do you know if they’ve completed the work safely?
It all comes down to a simple certificate—an electrical compliance certificate.
So, what’s it all about? Read on to find out all you need to know about a certificate of electrical safety.
An electrical safety certificate is a guarantee that the work complies with the safety standards of Australia. Only registered electrical contractors can issue the safety certificate. This means when you receive it, you know the hired electrician is a professional, not a rogue trader.
It is a legal requirement to have one. All electricians working in Australia must give you an electrical compliance certificate after completing a job. If they don’t, they could receive a fine of $550,000.
It really is THAT important.
Check the safety certificate for these things:
As of 2019, the state discontinued paper certificates. This means the safety certificate will be in electronic form.
When do you need a safety certificate? It’s needed any time a licensed electrician does electrical work on your home. It also applies if the electrical work is for commercial or industrial purposes.
Whether you’re installing a new air conditioning unit or a power point, you need an electrical safety certificate. Because a spark that ignites a fire could start from any faulty electrical system in your home. All your electrics need a guarantee to prove they’re safe and sound.
Before any work starts, ask your electrician about the certificate. If they refuse to give one to you, don’t hire them. It’s not worth the risk, even if they offer to do the job cheaper.
But if you’ve already had electrical work done and you didn’t receive a certificate, what can you do? Go back to your electrician and ask for the certificate. It may just be an honest mistake on their part, after all.
If they don’t provide you with an electrical certificate, find a licensed electrician to check out the work. This will give you peace of mind that your electrics are safe and sound.
Yes, make sure you receive a certificate of electrical safety whenever anyone completes electrical work in your home. Don’t gamble with safety. If you do, you’re playing with your life and the lives of your family too.