Family Safety Tips 2017

Our family is the most important possession in everyones lives! Our family provides us with strength, security, support and love so keeping them safe is a main priority! Here at Ken Sutton Electrics we are always there to help! We are including tips to keep your family safe in 2017!

Ensuring our home is safe and secure: 

Whether you have never had a reason to install CCTV Security Cameras, it is always a good idea to install before an incident occurs. Security Cameras keep your home, family, pets and possessions safe and secure! You can have your whole house in the palm of your hand! Our licensed CCTV Security Camera Installers and Advisors can assist you with ensuring you install the best system for your home and needs.

When you install Security Cameras, you instantly deter possible criminal behaviour in your home. When criminals see that your house is under surveillance, they will target a home that is not protected!

Crime this year alone has increased by 8% in Victoria!

Robbery offences have increased 24%!

Dangerous and negligent acts endangering people have increased by 22%!

Theft offences have increased by 16%!

These statistics are on the rise unfortunately! If we can intervene by protecting our homes with Security Cameras, we can ensure our family is being protected!

If you would like more information about getting the right cameras for your home, please click here —-> CCTV Cameras

or Call us on 0411 438 738 for a free recommendation of suited cameras for your home.

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Is your switchboard updated?:

Modern updated switchboards play an important role in ensuring that you are keeping your home and family safe. Many older fuse boards and switchboards have rewirable fuses that are made from ceramic. These are EXTREMELY dangerous & don’t comply with electrical safety standards.

These days, new homes have switchboards that include automatic trip circuit breakers and safety switches. If ever you face an electrical fault, you can count on these switchboards to trip off and keep your family safe. The benefits of tripping circuit breakers and safety switches during a fault are that they reduce the fire risk hazard, save your appliances and save a life from being electrocuted on the spot! If your circuit breaker/s or safety switch turns off and won’t turn back on, just call us on 0411 438 738 to get you out of trouble FAST!

If you aren’t sure if you have a Switch Board that is offering the best protection for your family… Please send us a photo and we will provide you with a FREE visual inspection of the board.

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Safety Switch’s are VERY IMPORTANT!

We just spoke about ensuring your switch boards are up to date however, it is important to speak about Safety Switches as one topic!

Safety switches save lives! If there is a broken wire in the house and someone touches the object, a safety switch will trip in 0.3 seconds avoiding possible death! If there is no Safety Switch Installed in a switch board and the same thing happens… the person would be electrocuted and will face serious injuries including death!

We all know kids can be curious.. We have heard of many instances where a child has put a knife in a toaster. Luckily these people had safety switches other wise the child would have been badly hurt.

We all love our children and will protect them from anything! Ensuring there is no possible way for anyone to face electrocution it is important to have a Safety Switch Installed.

If you aren’t sure if you have a Safety Switch… Please send us a photo and we will provide you with a FREE visual inspection of the board.

Please watch this video below of a young mother who faced this exact incident!


Do you have your furniture secured?:

Our children are very curious beings. They will play with anything that comes in their way. It is very important for your family safety, to ensure your furniture is secured properly!

People are purchasing bigger and flatter TV Screens as technology is advancing. The screens are also getting lighter which means they are getting easier for children to push them over.

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Keep your furniture mounted and secured to keep your family safe!

Every 30 minutes a child is injured by falling furniture! It is important to either mount or secure a TV to a wall.

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Securing your furniture is an investment in your child’s safety! Don’t wait till it is too late!


Safety with Power Boards:

Every family is getting more an more appliances every year. This means eventually you will run out of power points you can use. When you have no more power points to use, it can be easier and cheaper to purchase power boards. However, power boards do not offer your family the safety that you deserve!

Investing in the installation of extra power points will ensure you do not have to worry about over heating power boards.

If you are currently using power boards and are unsure if you are overloading… please send us a photo and we will get back to you as soon as possible as your safety is our main priority!

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Child Proofing Power Points:

If you have young children you will know they are curious. Along with putting metal objects in toasters there is also a problem of them putting objects inside power points. To make unused power points safe for your children, you can purchase Dream Baby Safety Outlet Cover Safety Plugs. You can purchase these from your local Bunnings!

Taking all the right precautions to keep your family safe is very important!

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Knowing how to handle an Electrical Fire:

Never EVER try to put the electrical fire out with water. In the spare of the moment it may seem like the best option but it will only make it worse. Water conducts electricity therefore it will make the fire worse. Always ensure you have a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket in your home!

Ensure everyone in your house knows how to use a fire extinguisher and fire blanket.



Please rest assure that we will always be there to assist you with keeping your home and family safe! If you have any photos you would like to send us that you think are of unsafe problems… Please send them in and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Your safety and family is our main priority!

Please contact us if you ever have any questions about the safety of your home.

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Check Your Switch Board!

Why should you check your switch board?

There are many of reasons why it is important do check your switch board:

  • Ensure it does not have ceramic fuses
  • Ensure circuit breakers are protected by safety switches
  • Ensure it is up to date
  • Ensure your families safety

How do you know you have an OLD or NEW Switch Board?

Old Switch Boards look like this:

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New Switch Boards look like this:

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Benefits of upgrading an OLD Switch Board:

  • Fuses, if tripped cannot be reset. They must be replaced if ever there is an overload. However with circuit breakers, if tripped they can be reset easily by pushing the switch back into the up position.
  • Makes it easier for a home owner to distinguish where there is a fault in the home.
  • Safety switches protect your family! If your child was to put a fork into a toaster, the safety switch would trip instantly avoiding a terrible accident! In the old fuse boards, there is nothing to protect your child if this was to occur. A Safety Switch can switch the power off in as little as 0.3 seconds!
  • You can find faulty appliances with a safety switch.
  • The benefits of having Safety Switches are endless!

What happens if a safety switch trips?

If your power goes off and you cannot push the switch back into the up position, you may have a faulty appliance. You must disconnect each appliance by switching them off and un plugging them from the wall. If you are unsure of what appliance is fault you can un plug the appliances individually until you are able to restore power. If you can still not find the fault appliance it is time to call an electrician.


It is recommended to upgrade your OLD Switch Board to a NEW Switch Board with Safety Switches. There is nothing more important than family so we should do everything to keep them safe. Electrocution for young children is more likely as they are curious and are more likely to stick a metal object somewhere it shouldn’t be! It is also a benefit of being able to fault find yourself before calling an electrician as it can save you money!

We offer a service like no other!

If you are curious about if your switch board is up to date, send us a photo and we will tell you on the spot! There is nothing like having the peace of mind knowing your house and family is safe.

Smoke Alarm Knowledge

Why should you have a smoke alarm?

When people sleep, they lose their sense of smell. This means if a fire breaks out and you have no smoke alarm, you will not be woken up until it is too late. A smoke alarm is the electronic noice you need to save your life. Fires can spread and grow within two to three minutes! By having a smoke alarm, you are provided with the early warning you need to escape.

Smoke alarms protect your family, pets, property and you! Our loved one are the most important thing to us so if something was to happen that could have been prevented with the warning of a smoke alarm we would feel terrible. If you have no smoke alarm and a fire occurs:

  • You are 57% more likely to suffer property loss and damage without a smoke alarm.Smoke Alarm
  • You are 26% more likely to suffer serious injuries.
  • You are 4 times more likely to die.


Smoke alarms MUST be installed in every house.

Smoke alarms are compulsory in every house hold.

Since 1 August 1997, Victorian law states that smoke alarms (complying with Australian standards AS 3786) must be installed in all homes, units, flats and townhouses. It is the legal responsibility of all owners and landlords to install working smoke alarms.

Residential homes constructed before 1st August 1997 need only 9 volt battery powered smoke alarms installed. Residential homes constructed after 1st August 1997 must have smoke alarms connected to 240 volt mains power. In addition a backup battery must be installed in the smoke alarm.

Smoke alarms MUST:

  • Have a working battery installed.
  • They must be tested yearly.
  • Batteries have to be replaced yearly.
  • The alarm must be completely replaced after 10 years.

Did you know?

Smoke alarms have expiry dates on them.

Locating a smoke alarm

  • Smoke alarms must be located between each bedroom area and the rest of the house.
  • In addition inside any bedroom where someone sleeps with the door shut
  • In a two storey home a smoke alarm is required on every storey, located in the path that people will use to evacuate

Note: Cooking fires are common. High ceilings or the layout of your house may increase the time it takes for your smoke alarm to operate. Consider installing a photo-electric smoke alarm closer to the kitchen area.

Testing and Maintenance

Smoke alarms should be tested regularly

  • Monthly: Test by pressing the test button with a broom handle
  • Yearly: Vacuum around your smoke alarm vents
  • Yearly: Replace your 9 volt battery each year at the end of daylight savings.

The MFB’s campaign at the end of daylight saving each year reminds people to:

“Change your clock; change your smoke alarm battery”

If the Residential Tenancy Act 1997 (RTA) applies to residential premises, the landlord is not only responsible for the installation of a smoke alarm but also its ongoing maintenance as per section 68(1) of the RTA Landlord’s duty to maintain premises:

“A landlord must ensure that the rented premises including fixtures and fittings provided by the landlord at the rented premises are maintained in good repair.”

It is the tenant’s responsibility to:

  • Test the smoke alarm every month to make sure it is working
  • Contact their agent/Landlord if the smoke alarm is not working
  • Contact their agent/landlord if the smoke alarm omits an occasional chirping noise as the battery or smoke alarm is faulty

Smoke alarm subsidy for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

A specialised smoke alarm is available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Due to the cost of this type of smoke alarm, the Department of Human Services provides assistance via a subsidy.

Family comes first.

Always remember, your family comes first, therefore you should keep up to date with the maintenance of all smoke alarms in your house.

Contact us today to ensure that your smoke alarms are maintained yearly!

For more information on Smoke Detectors please visit the MFB’s website.
Information received for this post was via MFB’s website.


Landlord Smoke Alarm Servicing

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Beginning on the first of August 1997, Victorian law declared that smoke alarms are required in all residences and these smoke alarms must be in compliance with Australian standards. Legal responsibility for the installation of functioning smoke alarms falls to landlords and owners. Every single smoke alarm is required to have a battery, has to be tested on a regular basis to ensure that it is functioning properly, and must be replaced once a period of 10 years has passed.

It is the landlord responsibility to have working smoke alarms installed and maintained to Australian standards and BCA. If you fail to protect the safety of tenants/ investment property with working and regularly maintained smoke alarms it may result in the dismissal of insurance claims for any damages, personal injury or loss of life. You can also receive a $500 penalty for failing to comply with the legislations.

It is the responsibility of the tenants to test the batteries each month, make sure that the smoke alarms are clean and to report any issues relating to the Smoke Alarms. If tenants do not report the problem then it is their responsibility.

Only smoke alarms save lives, that is why it is important that they are serviced annually. The servicing is more than turning up for five minutes, testing the button for a beep on the alarms and leaving… Our Smoke Alarm services also include an electrical safety inspection.

Our electrical safety inspections include….

  • Replacing the smoke detector batteries at no charge.
  • Replacing the smoke detector at no charge if it needs replacing.
  • Ensuring smoke detectors are in the correct spot.
  • Checking expiry dates of all smoke detectors.
  • Unlimited visits per year to check the smoke detectors.
  • Check the rentals switch board.
  • Check the house wiring
  • Check the light wiring.
  • Checking all power points.
  • Checking to make sure that there are no overloaded power boards.
  • Providing a report of the inspection.
  • Provide an electrical certificate.

Don’t pay companies a service fee to inspect your smoke alarms to then find out that they were faulty and you must now pay for the replacement of them. We have a one price system for a low $99 that will include battery or smoke alarm replacements. There are absolutely no hidden fees with our smoke alarm servicing!

The best part about it is we are qualified electricians! Why should you have a general service company to check your smoke detectors only to find out that they have to call in the electricians to install a smoke alarm! We will do it on the spot for you (the landlords) and your tenants!

If you wish to contact us about this service simply give us a call!

0411 438 738

Electrical Safety Tips to keep your family safe!

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It may be an obvious pointer but when you are planning to do anything electrical to your home, turn all power off! There have been many instances when people are doing DIY’s and they have been electrocuted mildly and severely.


Extension cords can be good for a temporary fix however, if they are used for long periods of time they can cause great damage! When you are finding yourself relying on extension cords it is time to seek an electrician for more power points. It is also important to not OVERLOAD the extension cords.


This is a major problem if you are noticing any power outlets are warm. The best thing to do is to turn the switch off and remove any cords that are in the outlet. If left it can cause electric shocks or fire.


If you have young curious children they may have the urge to put objects into the outlet holes. A quick handy tip is to use electrical tape to cover the unused power outlets.


Lots of people result to eBay to buy a new charger or car adapter am i right? However, many of these appliances can often be very faulty which can lead to fires or shock. Buying good quality products is going to assure that you are getting the most out of them and also preventing possible damage.


Never EVER try to put the electrical fire out with water. In the spare of the moment it may seem like the best option but it will only make it worse! Water conducts electricity therefore making the fire worse. Always use an extinguisher!


This is your houses way of saying, there is something seriously wrong and it needs to be fixed. The problem may be loose wiring which will require an electrician to cut the power to the house, inspect and repair the problem.


When appliances are not in use they still are conducting electricity. This can help prevent fires from power surges. REMEMBER: always turn the switch off before removing a cord.


These days it can be tempting to consult google for a cheap fix for an electrical problem, unfortunately this can lead to short term or long time problems for your appliances and your home! An electrician will know the source of the problem straight away and be able to put a stop to the same issue in the future.