Throw out old and damaged electrical extension cords
ESV is urging Victorians to throw out old and damaged electrical extension cords following an incident at Numurkah on Sunday in which two children received a serious electric shock and burns.
The children were in a portable swimming pool with a pump that was connected to the electricity with a damaged extension cord that had exposed wires near the socket. When the pump started spraying water, a boy, 9, tried to pull the plug from the extension cord and received what could have been a fatal electric shock. A girl, 8, was injured when she went to help.
The house did not have a residual current device (RCD) or safety switch installed.
ESV’s Director of Energy Safety, Paul Fearon, said old and damaged extension leads should never be used, especially in the vicinity of water.
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New classes of prescribed electrical equipment in Victoria come in to effect on 29 January 2017
Amendment 2 of AS/NZS 4417.2:2012 (Regulatory compliance mark for electrical and electronic equipment Part 2: Specific requirements for particular regulatory applications) was published in January 2016 and will come in to effect on 29 January 2017.
From 29 January 2017, building wiring cable, double capped light emitting semi-conductor lamp and air-conditioner incorporating flammable refrigerant will be classified as prescribed and as such will require certification before they are supplied in Victoria.
Click here to read the definitions and class specifications for the newly added items.
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