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  • Replace the fuse carrier and turn on the main switch.

  • Check all the appliances, lights and flexible cords that were in use on the circuit when it failed and have any equipment repaired if necessary before using this equipment again. Also check you are not over- loading the circuit with appliances as this is another cause of blown fuses.

  • If the fuse still blows call an electrician.

Never replace fuse wire with a bigger size wire as this can cause damage to wiring and possibly cause a fire

Checking Circuit Breakers

  • Look for the fuse where the lever is in the “off” position or where the button has popped out.

  • Push the operating lever to the “on” position or push in the button on the circuit breaker.

  • If the circuit breaker continues to trip, switch off and unplug all appliances on that circuit breaker. Turn off all switches at power points.

  • If the circuit breaker continues to trip call a registered electrician.

CIRCUIT BREAKERS

PROTECTING YOUR EQUIPMENT FROM SPIKES OR SURGES

Electricity spikes and surges cause rapid fluctuation in power supplies. They can be caused by a number of reasons including lightning strikes, by trees touching or falling on power lines or by neighbouring large-scale users switching equipment on and off. Switching major electrical equipment on and off can also cause some electrical surges around the home.

To eliminate the possibility of any damage caused by spikes or surges we recommend that you consider installing surge protection for the following equipment and appliances:

  • computers, especially if you use a modem

  • stereo equipment

  • television and video equipment

  • cordless phones

  • washing machines and dishwashers

  • any other expensive electronic equipment

The amount of protection you need depends on the sensitivity, importance and value of the equipment. Equipment with more features and controls typically

has more sensitive components and sophisticated protection.

requires

more

There are three kinds of filter you ca

n use to protect

equipment from spikes and surges:

  • a phone filter will prevent spikes and surges travelling into your appliances through phone sockets

  • a power filter will prevent spikes and surges travelling into your appliances through power points

  • a power/phone filter provides an overall level of protection, preventing spikes and surges travelling through both phone sockets and power points.

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