It is true that danger is a common feature of everyday life in Israel. However, while most people are worried about physical attacks from assailants on the street here – especially in a city such as Jerusalem, the reality is that a faulty appliance could cause far worse damage or harm to you and your family. So in the case of an electrical emergency or a wiring issue that poses a greater, more immediate threat to you and your household remember that there are a few basic tips and pointers that you should follow to ensure that you and your family are protected from any potential hazards.
This is why it’s generally advisable to make use of a skilled repairman or electrician such as the trained and readied technicians waiting for you at Efes Takalot. In a town like Jerusalem and a country like Israel in specific, it’s important to remember that most of the buildings (and therefore the wiring inside those buildings) that people tend to inhabit here are more volatile or vulnerable to faults in general than modern buildings are. This is simply a cause of time and wear and tear – over time, wires become faulty, broken and stop working. This can ultimately lead to the failure of electronic appliances and general electronics around the home.
By concentrating on a simple, inexpensive system of looking for visible signs of damage or faults, most of the electrical risks can be controlled. There is no legal requirement to label equipment that has been inspected or tested, nor is there a requirement to keep records of these activities. Although it is not a legal requirement, maintaining a record and labelling system can be a useful way to monitor and review the effectiveness of the maintenance scheme. It is recommended that fixed installations (the wiring and equipment between the supply meter and the point of use, eg socket outlets) are inspected and tested periodically by a competent person.
Make sure that people who are working with electricity are competent to do the job. Even simple tasks such as wiring a plug can lead to danger – ensure that people know what they are doing before they start. Check that: in suspect or faulty equipment is taken out of use, labelled ‘DO NOT USE’ and kept secure until examined by a competent person. Where possible, tools and power socket outlets are switched off before plugging in or unplugging; and n equipment is switched off and/or unplugged before cleaning or making adjustments. More complicated tasks, such as equipment repairs or alterations to an electrical installation, should only be carried out by people with knowledge of the risks and the precautions needed. You must not allow work on or near exposed, live parts of equipment unless it is absolutely unavoidable and suitable precautions have been taken to prevent injury, both to the workers and to anyone else who may be in the area
Taking the right precautions and being prepared for an emergency could save you sums of money in repair costs and damage recovery.