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Five Reasons for Receiving an Electrical Defect Notice

Electricity is a necessity for modern life. But when it’s not working properly, the power we depend on to run our homes and businesses can transform from being a life-enhancing tool into a potentially deadly hazard.

In the interest of public safety, all connections to power company networks must comply with all of Australia’s relevant safety standards. If one or more connections pose a risk to the public, a property owner will be issued what is known as an “electrical defect notice”.

Electrical Defect Notice

What it means to receive an electrical defect notice

An electrical defect notice is given to a property when one or more concerns cause a property owner to be out of compliance with the community or national electrical safety requirements. A power inspection authority may issue an electrical defect notice during a routine inspection, or a notice may be provided after someone has requested that your property is investigated for a potential electrical issue.

Upon receiving notice, property owners have 21 days to repair any defects outlined in the notice. Failure to do so may result in your electrical supply being disconnected from your property.

Why you may receive an electrical defect notice

There are a number of reasons why a property owner may receive an electrical defect notice:

  • A dangerous private power pole
    If you have a private power line or power pole on your property (this includes any power lines and poles that transport electricity from the main switchboard and meter to your property), it is your responsibility to ensure that it is in safe working condition. Property owners will receive an electrical defect notice when an inspector finds that your steel or timber pole is in poor shape and may pose a risk to the public (such as falling over on roads, buildings, sidewalks, etc.).
  • Low running overhead cables
    Overhead cables and power lines must adhere to strict height clearance guidelines when located over footpaths, streets, driveways and alleys. It is also a property owner’s responsibility to ensure that trees and other vegetation are not in contact with any overhead lines (this is particularly important for protecting communities from bushfires). An electrical defect notice would be issued when cables running to your property are below regulation height or when there is low hanging vegetation nearby.
  • An unsafe or outdated switchboard
    A switchboard may become unsafe when it is unable to cope with your property’s electrical demands. This often results in the switchboard frequently overheating or “tripping” fuses. Inspectors may issue an electrical defect notice if they find that there are dangerous components in your switchboard or that it needs to be replaced.
  • Missing or damaged equipment
    Missing or damaged electrical equipment can result in switchboard failure, meltdowns, or dangerous electrical fires. This is why electrical inspectors will issue an electrical defect notice if there is missing electrical equipment or if any equipment is damaged.
  • Point of attachment problems
    If any wires on your property are improperly attached, frayed, or require repair, you will receive a defect notice from a power authority.

Why hire Level 2 Authorised Service Provider Everest Electrical

Level 2 Authorised Service Providers (L2 ASP) Everest Electrical has the qualifications necessary to guarantee that your electrical components are in safe and proper working order. Our work adheres strictly to all local and national electrical guidelines to ensure that the public is protected and that your property receives its energy as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

For more information on how we help local businesses stay power safe and in compliance here on the North Shore, Northern Beaches, Hornsby and beyond, we welcome you to contact us online or to give us a call today on 0410 229 139.