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Today I am going to take a look at LED lights for you.

When we started thinking about switching our lights from halogen downlights to new LED downlights, I honestly didn’t think it was going to make that much of a difference. I thought our house was well lit but I was happy to go with a more environmentally friendly, energy efficient light.

After our lights were in, I was blown away by just how much brighter it was! I had clearly gotten used to cooking in what now seemed like darkness! The kitchen and bathrooms are the areas that I felt like the biggest difference was made. Cooking and food preparation in high quality light made a massive difference. I also feel like the LEDs made the house feel more fresh and modern.

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One of the things that impresses me most about the LED downlights that we use is that you can choose the colour of the light that is emitted from your downlights. Colour options are cool, daylight and warm. This means that you get to pick the type of light that suits your home and your taste… so versatile!

If you are considering changing your downlights for more energy efficient LEDs but are still not quite sure… here are another few things that impress me. The LED downlight is sealed - I love that there is no space around the downlight into the roof space (I always had visions of spiders or bugs sneaking through at night!), the light is flush mounted and very neat, they last far longer than their alternatives - no more changing of light globes, and they use less power - hello cheaper electricity bills!

If you are keen to find out more information about having LED downlights installed in your home, contact me through our website and I can get you organised!

Another type of LED lighting that I am loving at the moment is LED strip lighting. Strip lighting is such a beautiful way to add some feature lighting to your home. It can be added under kitchen bench tops, behind bathroom mirrors, under bathroom cabinets… the uses are endless! Like with LED downlights, you can choose the colour of the light emitted by your strip lighting - warm, cool or daylight.

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Spend some time trawling through Pinterest and instagram for inspiration… find what you like and then contact us with your ideas and we can help you make them real! Having pictures to talk about with our electricians is really helpful in having them understand what you are after - and how we can achieve your goal.

I hope that you are enjoying my non electrician blog pieces and that the less technical talk some times is helpful to you. If there is something special that you would like me to cover, please leave your ideas in the comments below.


Guest Blog: Action and Emergency

Today we have a guest blog piece by Alicia White from Action and Emergency. Action & Emergency provide nationally recognised First Aid Training and CPR refresher courses. They offer on-site training to organisations and workplaces, as well as public courses at a training centre situated in Runaway Bay. We have asked Alicia some questions that will help you to know what to do in an emergency situation related to electricity. As we have said in many of our blog pieces, electricity can be a wonderful thing that can make our day to day life easier. However it is absolutely essential that electricity is respected and that you do not ever attempt your own electrical repairs. Check out our most recent blog post for tips about staying safe around electricity and please contact us if you need repairs or maintenance carried out.

Thank you Alicia…

If someone receives an electrical burn, what can we do to treat it?

As with any burn, our initial response would be to:
- IMMEDIATELY cool burn with cool, running water for a minimum of 20 minutes
- If possible, remove all rings, watches, jewellery or other constricting items from the affected area without causing further tissue damage 
- Remove non-adherent clothing if possible 
- Cover the burn with a loose and light non stick dressing (I highly recommend Burn Aid dressings)
- Where feasible, elevate burns to minimise swelling
- Treat for shock and maintain body temperature 

Cool the burn, not the patient! Blood vessels to the wounded area dilate (open up) and release heat to the surrounding environment, which is why the wound may appear red and hot to touch. As a result, the casualties core body temperature may start to drop. If you put the whole body of the casualty under a cool shower, their core temperature may continue to drop even further, potentially resulting in hypothermia. So only place the burnt area under cool running water.

Ideally, we remove any jewellery or clothing that is not stuck to the skin. As the damaged tissue attempts to repair itself, cells rush to the area to clean up the damaged tissue and remove any waste products... this is why we get swelling. Things like rings and clothing can tighten around the limb as the area starts to swell, and in-turn can block off blood flow, resulting in death of the limb. If an an area of clothing is stuck to the skin, leave it in place. It needs to be surgically removed. 

An important thing to remember is that our body relies on electrical impulses to function. Our nerves deliver messages from the brain to our muscles, telling them when to contract. So when electricity travels through the body in the case of an electric shock, it typically uses those nervous pathways as the most efficient route to earth itself. Typically all you would see is an entry wound and an exit wound. But it is the path of destruction that we cannot see that is a major cause for concern, as it burns everything on the way through.

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What is a dysrhythmia?

Our heart also relies on electrical impulses to prompt it to beat in a regular fashion. Electricity can interrupt the heart’s normal pattern and knock it into an abnormal rhythm. These dysrhythmias (dys = bad, rhythmia = rhythm) can be fatal to a casualty because if the heart isn't beating effectively, then blood pressure will drop and vital organs won't receive enough oxygen to survive. If a casualty falls unconscious and is not breathing, immediately commence CPR and locate your nearest Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

CPR moves blood around the body and maintains oxygen supply to vital organs. Simply put, it buys us time. CPR alone is not enough to promote return of spontaneous circulation. In order to make the heart beat again we need to "rejig" the electrical impulses, until we get a rhythm that works. An AED introduces an electrical current to the heart and momentarily stops it, in the hope that when it restarts, it fires in a beautiful, functional rhythm. I like to think of it as a therapeutic slap to the heart.

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Do I call 000 from a mobile phone?

Yes in Australia we call 000, but if you are from the U.S. or Britain you can still call 911 or 999 and it will automatically divert to 000 for you.
If you don't have reception on your mobile there is an alternative number you can call and that is 112. Basically it will bounce off the closest available network to call 000 for you. This number can be used anywhere in the world from your mobile.

Should I go to hospital if I experience an electrical shock?

Anyone who has received an electric shock should make their way to an emergency department for heart monitoring, regardless of how brief the symptoms. An ECG is a quick and easy assessment. Well worth it for that piece of mind if nothing else. 

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Should all members of the community do a CPR course? 

CPR is not mandatory for anyone, unless your employer requires you to obtain the certification to gain employment. Different workplaces have different requirements. If you work in a high risk field, then there may be a greater need for more first aid qualified workers. 
I believe everyone should experience the training and maintain their skills. The reality is that at any moment one of our loved ones, friends or colleagues could be seriously ill or injured. Paramedics can only drive so fast. Those first few moments could be the difference between life and death. Wouldn't you rather help make a difference than stand there panicking?

How often should we refresh our certificates?

CPR is refreshed annually, and First Aid should be refreshed every 3 years. 
For a full list of available courses and onsite training follow the link below.

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If you would like to contact Alicia with questions or to organise a course, you can contact her on 0400663150, email: or you can visit her website

Affinity Electrical Safety Tips

We share regular safety tips on our Affinity Electrical Instagram and Facebook pages to help you to have a healthy and safe relationship with electricity. As we are based on the Gold Coast, one of our missions is to help our fellow Gold Coasters to stay safe around electricity. Please feel free to like, comment or share.

Gold Coast Safety Tip 1:

When pulling plugs out of a power point, always pull out from the plug, not by pulling on the cord. Turn powerpoint off before removing a plug. This sounds simple but it can save a lot of grief and keeps cables in good, safe condition.

Gold Coast Safety Tip 2:

Power boards are useful! However, just because there are 6 outlets, it doesn’t mean that you should plug in 6 appliances. Each power board has a maximum load printed on the back. It is crucial that you pay attention to this and never overload your power board. Power boards and extension leads are useful, however if not used correctly, they can pose a fire or personal safety risk. Installation of additional power points is a much safer alternative.



Gold Coast Safety Tip 3:

Don't use any electrical appliances that have been wet or damaged. Have them checked by your licensed electrical contractor.
Smoke alarms are now required to be photoelectric. This type of smoke alarm senses smoke much faster than the old ionization type of smoke alarm. They are a requirement by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service in all homes. Check the QFES website for more info.

Gold Coast Safety Tip 4 

If entering your roof space, turn off all power to the property. There will be electrical cables in your ceiling. You may accidentally step on them or damage them.

Gold Coast Safety Tip 5:

Use only a licensed electrical contractor for your electrical work. You will not be covered by your insurance if anything goes wrong in your property related to electrical work if the works have not been completed by an electrical contractor.

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Gold Coast Safety Tip 6:

Light switches feel warm to the touch? You need to call a qualified, licensed electrician. Warm light switches can indicate circuits being over worked. They can also be a sign of much more sinister problems... which could result in fires. 🔥

Gold Coast Safety Tip 7: 

During festive times like Halloween and Christmas, you might be thinking about decorating your home with lights! It is absolutely essential to ensure that your lights are outdoor rated lights. It is also important to ensure that the 240v connections are housed in a weatherproof enclosure. Check that you have a safety switch on the power circuit that you use to protect the circuit from overload or possible fire. Have questions? Feel free to ask!

Gold Coast Safety Tip 8 

Look out for underground power lines. Know the location of any underground power lines before digging at your property. Call the Dial Before You Dig national referral service on 1100. Unfortunately we have been called out a few times now for people needing their power reconnected urgently after it has been cut while digging for home improvements. This can be a costly mistake which can be avoided by a phone call.

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Gold Coast Safety Tip 9:

Use bulbs that have the correct wattage requirements for each fixture – using a higher wattage bulb can cause the fixture to overheat (consider switching to more efficient compact fluorescent or LED lamps that provide the same level of light at a lower wattage level)

Gold Coast Safety Tip 10:

It is important that you make sure every member of your household knows how to manually turn off the electricity to your house in case of an emergency. Discuss possible scenarios where turning off power might be necessary.

Gold Coast Safety Tip 11:

While it might be tempting to save a few bucks and just “do it yourself” when it comes to electrical work, nearly all electrical problems require a qualified and licensed electrician to solve them. This ensures work is safe and reliable.

An average of 15 people are killed and a further 300 hospitalised in preventable electrical accidents each year in Australia.

Contact us with your electrical needs and we can sort you out!

Gold Coast Safety Tip 12:

Every home should have a safety switch. If your home does not have one, contact a licensed Electrician and have one installed as soon as possible. These devices are cheap, simple to install, and save lives each year.

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Gold Coast Safety Tip 13:

During storm season, some tips that you can follow to help keep you and your family safe include:

- Ensure mobile phone batteries are fully charged and have a landline phone ready.

- Turn off and unplug electrical appliances such as TV, DVD or VCR aerial cables.

- Stay well away from fallen powerlines. Always assume they are 'live' and dangerous. Report them immediately to Triple Zero (000).

- Take extra care around your switchboard if it's outside and wear synthetic or rubber-soled shoes. If you are in any doubt about the switchboard's safety, stay clear and call your licensed electrical contractor.

- Don't use any electrical appliances that have been wet or damaged. Have them checked by your licensed electrical contractor.

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We can not express just how important it is to teach your children to respect electricity and how to keep themselves safe. Some safety tips that you can teach your children might include: - Never put drinks on top of your video game console or other electrical devices.

- Stay away from power lines. Never climb trees near power lines or touch power lines if they fall.

- Don’t use kites, balloons or remote-controlled drones or planes near power lines.

- Never use electrical appliances if you’re wet, standing in water or near water.

- Don’t put objects containing metal in the microwave. Watch out for gold-lined cups and plates as well as kitchen foil. -

- Be sure that you have safety switches installed (and be sure that they are tested regularly) they save lives!

Gold Coast Safety Tip 15:

The human body is a good conductor of electricity. That means electricity flows easily through our bodies. Why? Because electricity moves quickly through water - and the human body is 70 percent water!

Another fact to remember is that electricity always tries to find the easiest path to the ground.

Overhead electric lines may cause serious injury or death if contacted. Maintain safe distances from electric lines at all times. Avoid using ladders, poles or other tools in situations where they may come in contact with overhead lines. Adults should call the electric company if they need to work near lines.

See Allinta Kids for more info.

Gold Coast Safety Tip 16:

It is important to routinely check cords, outlets, switches and appliances for damage. Something doesn’t look right? Give us a call!



Gold Coast Safety Tip 17:

If an electrical fire occurs, avoid putting water on the flames. Adding water will further fuel the fire and could cause electrocution. Keep a fire extinguisher handy if you are worried about electrical fires. If you don’t have one nearby, turn off your electrical power, evacuate your home and call the fire brigade.

Gold Coast Safety Tip 18:

Warm outlets, burning smells, loose outlets are a sign that something dangerous is cooking. If you notice any of these signals, call in an expert immediately to avert trouble before it is too late. Make sure electrical appliances:

* Have proper plugs

* Have complete cords

* Meet safety standards

Gold Coast Safety Tip 19:

Many people think that there is no danger around lights, however they can still use electrocution. safety tips relating to lights:

- always turn the light switch off before replacing a bulb.

- never replace a light bulb or touch a light switch with wet hands

- always use a light bulb with the correct wattage to prevent overheating

- if painting a ceiling, do not remove the plate around the light, mask it instead

- if tiling around light fittings, have the plates removed by a licensed electrician

Gold Coast Safety Tip 20:

Did you know that entertainment and gaming units can produce a large amount of heat? It is important to ensure that they have proper space and ventilation around them and are never covered. Overheating can cause a very real fire danger.

We hope that the above tips have been useful for you. If there is anything electrical that you are unsure about, please contact us on 07 55736908 or through our website contact page. We look forward to working with you soon!

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We Can't All Be Electricians!

Hi Guys!

I am Katrina, Steve’s wife. I spend a lot of time in the office doing the administration side of the business, leasing with new clients and working on our social media, blogging and website. While Steve and the boys are highly experienced electricians, I most definitely am not! And while I am more than happy to chat with them about jobs, so often what they are talking to me about could just as well be in another language! It is for this reason, I thought that it might be good to do a few blog posts that are more from my “non electrician” perspective and maybe explain a few things that I have picked up along the way.

If you hear the term RCD used, your electrician is talking about a residual current device - or circuit breaker. These are the things that give us some protection from electrocution or electrical faults and overloads that could either damage our appliances, or worse still, cause a house fire. Making sure that we have these guys installed in our home is one of the most important things that you can do. It is important to have these on each of our circuits - but it has only become a law in the last few years, so many homes do not have enough of them. If you are unsure whether you have enough, you can call me on 0755736908 and I can organise for one of our guys to come and take a look for you.

Pictured is the main switch which provides the power. The other four are safety switches. The blue switch at the top of each safety switch is a test button. It is best practise to test these every three months to ensure they are working as they should.

Pictured is the main switch which provides the power. The other four are safety switches. The blue switch at the top of each safety switch is a test button. It is best practise to test these every three months to ensure they are working as they should.

Now, I am sure that all of our homes have smoke alarms and we all know how important they are, however did you know that there are many different types of smoke alarms? There are different smoke alarms for different purposes. For example, thermal smoke alarms can be used near kitchens so that they don’t go off every time you cook. New legislation has meant that all homes need to have smoke alarms and that they should actually be interconnected so that if, God forbid, a fire breaks out you are alerted no matter where you are in your home. Seems really obvious and like a really good idea, however many homes still do not have their smoke alarms interconnected. Many homes also do not have the correct type of smoke alarm installed. It’s not electrical, but one thing that we have done with our children is to discuss and practise our fire escape plan. For more information on this you can check out the qfes website.

Pictured is a photoelectric smoke alarm by QFES legislation, you need to have these in your home.

Pictured is a photoelectric smoke alarm by QFES legislation, you need to have these in your home.

I hope that you have found this article useful - I will write more soon!


What Our Clients Are Saying About Affinity Electrical Services.

We know how important it is to select the right trade that you will welcome into your home. We understand that having someone in your sanctuary, your safe place is a very personal thing. We have worked hard to put together a team of workers that we are really proud of. We expect professionalism, hard work, attention to quality and detail, as well as getting the job done right the first time. While in your home, our workers will clean up after themselves once their work is complete.

Being able to trust a business and allowing them to come into your home is often something that you will talk to your friends and family about. Ask them whether they have used a trade that they have had a good experience with.

Viewing testimonials that have been left for a business is also a really great tool for researching a business. We have put together some of our reviews that have been left by our clients for you to take a look at. If you would like to book a job with Affinity Electrical Services, you can contact us through our website contact page or alternatively call 07 55736908.

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Very happy with the work carried out. Stephen, and his team, were very professional and courteous. We got several quotes and they were very competitively priced. The team was punctual and work was carried out to a high standard. I was encouraged to see that Stephen was accommodating a female work experience student. Always good to see. We will certainly get the team back again if required.

I highly recommend Affinity Electrical Services, Steve and his staff have to be the most professional , reliable ,experienced & honest tradesman I have met & very well priced . I have had them rewire my workshop, hoist, lighting, replace all ceiling fans , in the house , & now airconditioning the house with Steve's recomeneded units .Great job ***** Affinity Electrical have supported The Beenleigh Men's Shed , fixing up electrical work done or not done by other electricians. Another great job

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Highly recommend Steve and his team at Affinity Electrical Services. They offer excellent attention to detail, competitive pricing and a lasting customer satisfaction experience. Book them, you won't regret it.

Great job done by the team. .
On-time and very professional.
I will definitely be using them again
Thanks Affinity Electrical Services.


Highly recommended. I found them by recommendation from a lighting shop and I absolutely cannot fault Affinity Electrical Services. Steve was excellent with his communication, flexibility, punctuality and honesty. His pricing is very reasonable and service second to none. I love that he was quick to answer any questions I had before giving him the job and then he insisted on cleaning up any mess after he did the work. So refreshing compared to other tradies I've dealt with! To top it off, Steve was a lovely, well mannered person. Will be using him again!

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We would love to be given the opportunity to work with you. We are a team of experienced electricians and air conditioner installers. We are a licensed contractor and are available for domestic, industrial and commercial work. Please contact us on 07 5573 6908 if you would like to book your job in.

End of Year Tax Considerations – Rental Properties  

For today’s blog piece, we welcome Jeanette Niebling from TJN Accountants as our guest blogger. Jeanette has outlined some ways that we can minimise our tax bills in relation to rental properties. Please find Jeanette’s contact details later in the post so that you can make contact if you have specific questions. If you would like electrical help with your rental property, please contact us on 07 55736908!

With the end of the financial year rapidly approaching, now is the time to start taking action to minimise your tax bill.  If you have a rental property, there are a number of things you can do before 30 June to help reduce your tax liability.  If you have any expenses coming up for your rental property in the next few months, we recommend trying to pay these expenses prior to 30 June – this will bring the deduction into the current tax year and will help you to reduce your 2019 tax bill.

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Below is a list of the most common deductions associated with rental properties: 

  • Rental agents fees and commissions

  • Advertising for tenants

  • Body corporate fees and charges

  • Borrowing expenses 

  • Council rates and water charges

  • Cleaning

  • Depreciation

  • Gardening and lawn mowing 

  • Loan interest

  • Insurance (both house insurance and landlords insurance)

  • Land tax

  • Pest control

  • Repairs and maintenance 

It is important that you keep receipts for all of the costs incurred for your rental property.  


For your rental property, you may be able to claim a deduction for the depreciation of both the property and its fittings.  However, the rules around this have recently changed so it is important to get advice before lodging your return.

In order to claim depreciation of the building and its fittings, you will generally need a depreciation schedule prepared by a quantity surveyor.  If you obtain this report prior to 30 June, the cost of the report will also be deductible in the current financial year. 


Does your rental property need a some repairs?  Consider undertaking these repairs prior to 30 June and claiming the deduction this financial year.  Talk to your agent about the current state of the property and whether there are any repairs that might be needed.

Some of the general repairs and maintenance items you could consider include:

  • Repainting

  • Servicing of larger assets – including air-conditioning units, pool filters, hot water systems, smoke alarms

  • Replacement of older, worn assets – for example, air-conditioning units, kitchen appliances, pool equipment

  • Upgrading the existing assets – for example, swapping standard power points for USB powerpoints, converting existing lighting to energy efficient lighting



Also, a reminder that you can no longer claim a deduction for travel to or from your rental property.

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If you would like to discuss other strategies for minimising your tax liability, please do not hesitate to contact Jeanette Niebling, Principal at TJN Accountants (56656469 or

Disclaimer: The information in this article is general in nature and is not a substitute for professional advice.  Accordingly, neither TJN Accountants nor any member or employee of TJN Accountants accepts responsibility for any loss, howsoever caused, as a result of reliance on this general information.We recommend that our formal advice be sought before acting in any of the areas. 

Electrical Safety For Kids

Keeping our family safe is at the top of the list for family priorities. Considering the safety of our children around electricity is crucial - and can sometimes be an area that is only looked at briefly.

In other blog posts, we have talked about the dangers of electricity and how easily we can find ourselves in a life or death situation. Electricity is a wonderful thing that makes our day to day life so much easier, however it is important that it is given the respect it deserves.

Teaching our children how to be safe around electricity is not only important for the safety of your child, but also the safety and longevity of your appliances and home circuit.

Water + Electricity

We must teach our children that water and electricity do not mix. This means setting rules that no plugged in electrical device, including music players, should be taken into areas where water is present. Yes, we all enjoy hanging out by the pool listening to music. However it is important to have no exceptions to the rules so that children are very clear on what is or is not ok. If you would like music by the pool, using battery operated blue tooth speakers, or putting in the effort to have a safe sound system set up is a much better option.

In relation to electrical items which are supposed to be in a bathroom, for example hair dryer or straightener, it is important to learn the safe ways to use them. Ensure that the toilet lid is closed, the bath or sink is empty and taps are turned off. These items should also only be used with adult supervision.

Children should be reminded to dry themselves thoroughly after baths or showers or after washing their hands before touching anything electrical - this applies even to light switches.

Drinks or liquids should be kept well away from electrical appliances such as video game consoles, laptops, iPads etc.

Never swim during a thunderstorm. Lightning is pure electricity and is attracted to water.


There are many electrical items in a kitchen. It is important that children understand what they are or are not allowed to use. Metallic objects such as foil or cutlery must never be put into a microwave. If something gets stuck in the toaster, never use a metal utensil to get it out.

Electrical Sockets, Cords + Cables

Never ever put anything into a power socket - this should only be a job for an adult. Consider using safety plugs if you have young children.

Show children how to safely pull out a plug by pulling on the plastic part close to the wall - never pull on the cord.

Be careful not to overload power boards. This can cause a very real fire danger. Take a look at our recent blog post for more information about this.

Teach children how to recognise and alert you to damaged or faulty cords. If the plastic has worn out or the wires are visible they should not touch the cord but should tell you straight away so that you can get it fixed.

Always turn off lights before changing light globes. Changing of light globes should only be done by adults. It is important to dispose of used light globes in an appropriate manner.

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Teaching our children about how to stay safe around electricity is something that we should start working on from a young age. Children should be taught to respect rather than fear electricity. Children should be taught to turn electrical appliances off when not in use. This will reduce the risk of electrical accidents as well as save you money. Another way to ensure the safety of your family is to ensure that you have safety switches installed. So many electrical accidents that occur in homes are preventable. So, if we keep in mind that children can sometimes lose focus or become distracted, it is important to put in place ways to keep them safe when they are not doing so. The installation of safety switches in one way to do that. Safety switches can cut power in 0.03 seconds when a leak or fault is detected. This is fast enough that the person doesn’t have time to get electrocuted. Read our recent blog post about safety switches for more information. If you are unsure about whether you have appropriate safety switches or you would like to improve the electrical safety of your home, contact us now!

Keeping Your Family Fire Safe

A smoke detector can be one of the most important investments for your home. It has the ability to protect you and your loved ones if the unthinkable was to happen. It is important that the right smoke detector type is installed, that it is properly installed, and that is it in good working order. It is also important to test your smoke alarms on a regular basis and change batteries yearly.

The number of smoke detectors required in your home will depend on the size of your home. It is important that smoke detectors are placed where they will be of most use, for example in central living areas and in sleeping rooms. It is also important that smoke detectors are placed on each level of your home. If you have a new home, there should already be smoke detectors installed - however it is important to double check that your protection is adequate. Make sure there are enough and that they are the right type. If you are unsure, have a conversation with a licensed electrician.

Testing your detectors every few months is important. Don’t assume that batteries will last a few years - in fact, we encourage you to put fresh batteries in yearly. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service recommends changing batteries on April 1st. Click on the link to read more about the importance of smoke alarms.

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Installation of the right type of smoke alarm is crucial. When we sleep, our senses also sleep, which means that you may not smell smoke and wake up. Having photoelectric smoke alarms installed can protect you while you are asleep. Photoelectric smoke alarms see the smoke and will alert you to the danger. Having smoke alarms interconnected also means that you will be alerted no matter when or where a fire breaks out.

Another factor to consider when thinking of keeping your family and home safe against fire is appliances and overloading sockets/power boards. Overloaded power boards are one of the biggest risk factors for fires in homes - and it is easily prevented. Just because a power board has 6 sockets available, doesn’t mean you should plug in 6 cords. Power boards have a maximum load printed on the back. It is important that you never overload the board as this can pose a fire and personal safety risk. Instead, consider having additional power points installed.

Talk about your fire escape plan with your family. Make sure that you have talked about how to get out of your home if a fire was to break out in different locations. Discuss safe evacuation with your children, show them how to call 000 and practise reciting your address with them.

Legislation around smoke alarms can affect us differently depending on whether we are a home owner, landlord, tennant, or renovator. It is important to make sure that you are aware of your obligations. Finding out where you stand is as easy as visiting the QFES website. If you need smoke alarms installed, make contact with us today!


Why We NEED Safety Switches

FACT: 15 people are killed in Australian homes every year in preventable electrical accidents where no safety switch is installed

FACT: 300 people are hospitalised every year with serious electrical injuries and burns.


Having safety switches installed saves lives. It’s that simple. When something goes electrically wrong in your home, having a safety switch installed can be the difference between life and death.

A safety switch is a device that is designed to cut power to an electrical circuit when there is an electrical fault or leak. It cuts power in 0.03 seconds. This is fast enough that the person doesn’t have time to get electrocuted.

What Causes an Electrical Accident?

There can be many different causes of electrical accidents in the home. A handyman drilling through a live wire inside a wall, a child putting something into a power socket, changing a light globe on a fault light fitting, a faulty appliance or damaged cord. Electricity is all around us and while most of the time it makes life easier, it can take just seconds for a life and death situation.

Do I Have Safety Switches Installed?

A safety switch is also called Residual Current Device (RCD) and can be recognised by the button marked ‘test’ on the front. This helps to distinguish it from a circuit breaker, which looks similar. Many homes have circuit breakers installed, however these only protect against overloading and short circuits. Circuit breakers are good, however they do not provide enough electrocution protection. It takes just 30 milliamps to trip a safety switch, compared to 16 amps for a circuit breaker on a power circuit. This can be the difference between life and death. If you are unsure about whether you have safety switches, or you need them installed, it is important to contact your Gold Coast licensed electrician.

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Having safety switches installed in your home is crucial for ensuring the safety of the inhabitants. The long term benefits provided by safety switches far outweighs the price tag. It is important that we see them as a necessary investment in our safety. Contact your Gold Coast licensed electrician regarding safety switches in your home.


Power Points with USB Chargers

Put your hand up if you are constantly looking for somewhere to charge your phone, ipad, tablet, GPS or some other device that needs a usb for charging? I know in our home it is a constant battle. While power points with usb points do not solve all of your problems (you might still be looking for cords), it certainly overcomes half the challenge!


Here on the Gold Coast, we have found a definite increase in requests for power point with usb charger outlets. There are multiple options available and we have licensed electricians available to discuss your needs with you.

A power point with USB charging outlets has standard 240V power sockets along with USB charging sockets. This allows you to plug in any type of USB device straight into a wall socket to charge at its maximum charging speed. These can be used in both your home and business.


Power points with usb charging sockets are easy to install and can be swapped for existing power points relatively easily. However, it is essential, like with any electrical work, that it is completed by a licensed electrician. At Affinity Electrical Services, we provide a simple all inclusive price for installation of a powerpoint/usb combination (includes labour and parts in one price) meaning that you can easily understand how much your new points will cost. Contact us now to get your new points booked in!



Electricity Saving Tips for Winter

Even though, living on the Gold Coast, we are in a warmer part of Australia, we have all started to feel it recently… winter is coming. The approach of winter can cause anxiety for many of us because we know that the cold weather means heating and heating can be expensive. So, with that in mind, we have put together this article to help you to take steps to take control of your wallet and reduce the costs of keeping your home warm this winter.

1. Cook!

Sounds weird, we know! But, think about how warm your kitchen and living area becomes when you cook. Cooking is a great way to warm the air in living areas - plus you get to eat something delicious at the end - win, win! With supervision, you could even leave your oven open for a few minutes after cooking, allowing the heated air to escape. You have already paid to heat the oven - you may as well make the most of the heated air.

2. Trap The Heat..

Having your home properly insulated can make a huge difference to how well your home can hold warmth.

Close curtains and blinds as the sun goes down. This keeps the warmth from afternoon sun in and cuts down on the cool night air that can enter. As the air outside cools, the glass in windows also gets cold. Closing windows and blinds forms a barrier so that the cold air is not able to enter as easily.

Adding bookshelves or artworks to solid brick walls can also help to insulate and trap heat.

Adding ‘door snakes’ to doors that lead outside can cut down on cold draughts from entering the room, further trapping the warmth inside.

3. Think Flooring…

You may have noticed that rooms with carpet seem warmer. This is because carpet offers insulation, further trapping heat. If you have tiles, floorboards, stone or exposed concrete, you may find warming a room more difficult. Adding rugs and mats can make a huge difference - yes they can be an investment, but in the long run, they can be much kinder on your wallet!

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4. Shut the Door!

If you are not using a room for the night, shut the door. This means that you are able to more efficiently warm your home, putting energy only into the spaces where you need it.

5. Heating…

Heaters are absolutely a great way to heat your home, however it is important to use them effectively so that they are able to run most efficiently.

Turn heaters off when you are not home - sounds obvious?! You would be surprised! Use a thermostat and set the temperature to 20 or 21 degrees. It might not sound warm enough, but this is actually the optimal heat for winter.

It is important to be aware that while electric heaters can be cheap to purchase, they can sometimes be more expensive to run for long periods.

Consider investing in a reverse cycle or ducted air conditioner if you are a home owner. While they can be slightly more costly at the beginning, they can heat an area quickly, efficiently and with relatively low power usage. Contact a licensed electrician to discuss your home’s suitability.


If you use your air conditioner for heating, set the timer. Having your heater come on 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning can make getting out of bed easier - and it makes it less tempting to blast the heater because you are feeling too cold! Likewise, if you arrive home in the evening, setting the timer so that it comes on half an hour before you arrive, you will be much more comfortable. Having a wifi controller added to your air conditioner can mean that you can turn your heating on before you get home if your schedule is less predictable.

While heating your home can seem expensive, implementing some of the ideas outlined in this article can make a definite impact. Making small changes can help your family to stay warm and snuggly this approaching winter.