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Updated: Jul 2, 2021

At work and home when engaging in something potentially hazardous we protect ourselves by wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We know by wearing PPE, it will safeguard us in the event of an accident or against the elements. PPE is an armour of protection to ensure we continue to be with those we love, it is your insurance. In some instances, not everyone engages in the correct PPE which leads to determinantal consequences impairing the individual’s quality of life. We know when using something like a Whipper Snipper, there are hazards we need to take into account like noise, slips, trips, petrol fumes, and particles moving. To protect ourselves we would use gloves, a face mask, eye protection, hearing protection, and appropriate footwear. We do this to minimise risk to our eye-sight, facial injury, and, or burns. We don’t question the need to invest in our well-being, why then do we not always place the same level of importance on our properties?

The importance of property maintenance is too often overlooked, and only when a problem occurs, do we look at getting it resolved. Faults that can be prevented or detected early enough, minimise heavy financial outlay. When we think of Stewart Little, Tom and Jerry. and Ratatouille we see an abundance of cuteness. Unfortunately, rodents tend to chew just about everything, including wires. Property owners don’t necessarily understand the hidden dangers of electrical malfunctions as a result of rodent destruction. Recently we are seeing a mouse plague unfold in the Eastern States, causing havoc and extensive damage to equipment and properties. History has shown us that when electrical wiring and connections are left damaged and unrepaired, it causes electrical fires.

Mice are referred to as Rodents as their incisors continuously grow in each of their upper and lower jaws. Therefore, the need to unceasingly chew is instinctive to these undesirable critters. Simply put, these little guys can cause inconceivable damage to your property causing serious risk to the structure. and compromising the integrity of your wiring and connections. If you are experiencing a short in the circuit, tripped breakers, or a home outage contact your local electrical company. Prevention of course is the best defence to ensure your property is maintained. It is cost-effective to have an electrical check done yearly, like wearing PPE, going to the doctor, or servicing your car, it is a necessity.

Rodents are nocturnal and are most active at night, there are some signs to look out for to understand if you do have unwanted critters in your property. Do you hear activity in your ceiling space at night, like scratching? Do you see rodent droppings that are hard, black, and are semi-elongated in shape? Have you seen any materials that have been shredded? Mice take softer materials like fabric and newspapers to line their nests. Is there a strong odour of ammonia-like smell? These are a few of the signs to look out for and to make it a priority to contact your local Pest Control Experts and local Electricians. Rats and mice prefer warmth and with cooler days ahead they will be casing out the perfect location to make residence.

Universal Electro Tech, together with Universal Switchboards, provides a comprehensive range of technically advanced electrical services to homes and businesses throughout Perth. Electrical safety is a necessity 365 days of the year, irrespective of the day, month, or season. Our team is equipped with decades of knowledge and industry experience to ensure electrical safety, sustainability, and first-rate customer service. We make sure your wires are intact to maintain your property’s longevity and safety while wearing the appropriate PPE. Reach out to our team of dedicated electricians at Universal Electro Tech and Universal Switchboards | | | (08) 9328 9491 | located at 105 Robinson Avenue, Belmont, WA 6104 and Unit 4/4 Picton Road, WA Bunbury 6230.

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