Ask an emergency electrician: how to identify frayed wiring

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Ask an emergency electrician: how to identify frayed wiring

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As an emergency electrician we understand that one of the biggest hazards facing homes and businesses is potentially frayed wiring.

Frayed wiring can occur for a number of reasons. They could just have gotten old and worn out, or they could have been gnawed at by pets or mice. 

Sometimes the wires are exposed and it’s easy to see when they have become frayed – in other cases, it’s not as clear-cut. 

This is a potent danger. That’s why our team of sparkies have put together a list of things to look out for that might indicate your wiring has frayed.

If you notice any of these things happening around your home, don’t wait – call an emergency electrician immediately.

Ad whatever you do, don’t try to fix it yourself!

Need urgent support? Call our emergency electrician in Melbourne!

No matter the time of day, or the day of the year, Briggs Electrical is ready to take your call! 

For non-urgent matters, you can always lodge a job through our website, but if you’re need urgent assistance, give us a call anytime on 1300 300 222.

Our emergency electrician identifies common signs your wiring might be frayed

1) Flickering lights

If you notice  flickering of the lights in your house or workplace, you may have a faulty lightbulb – in other cases however, there could very well be something wrong with your electrical wiring!

In many cases, a flickering light can be caused by the wiring to your lights becoming frayed, which in turn causes them to flicker.

There could also be additional electrical issues in your home electrical circuit causing your lights to flicker on and off.

Regardless of the cause, our emergency electricians in Melbourne can take a look at your electrical system.

2) Sparking outlets

If any of your outlets spark, call an emergency electrician straight away!

Sparking outlets can very quickly lead to electrical fires. It is imperative you get in contact with a professional electrician immediately should you notice this occurring in your home or business.

Long story short, any type of sparking whatsoever can be a warning sign that there is something wrong with either your electrical wiring or the appliance your are using.

When this happens, turn the power off straight away, unplug the appliance if you are using one and wait for your emergency electrician to arrive.

3) Electrical buzzing sound

Do you hear an unfamiliar buzzing or crackling sound?

If so, step back and start dialling your local sparkie’s number!

As an emergency electrician in Melbourne, we get called to lots of homes and businesses affected by electrical buzzing sounds. It always astounds us how many of them think buzzing lights is normal!

You can never be too safe when it comes to mysterious buzzing noises. In many cases, it’s a symptom of an electrical hazard within your home – hazards such as frayed or exposed wires. 

When this problem occurs, don’t brush it off or leave it too late: Give our team a call on 1300 300 222.

Your emergency electrician explains why frayed wires are dangerous


Electricity is dangerous – we shouldn’t have to tell you that.

Frayed wires mean that all that power that surges through your home is completely exposed – if you come into contact with a frayed wire, you could be electrocuted.

Depending upon the strength of the electric current and how long you’re exposed to it, you may suffer from a range of consequences:

  • Skin burn
  • Tissue burn
  • Heart damage

Electricity is no laughing matter –  it can cause very serious injuries when not respected properly, and can even be fatal. 

Don’t risk it – the moment you notice one of the symptoms mentioned above, get in touch with an 24 hr emergency electrician in Richmond!

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Electrical fires

In addition to the potential for physical injury, frayed and exposed wires can also damage your house,

The CFA responds to an average of 3,000 house fires a year – if you ask us, that’s 3,000 too many.

And many of these fires are electrical in nature.

Luckily for you, a lot of these fires could be prevented by having your electrical systems regularly maintained.

This is especially important for businesses that use a lot of power. Due to the increased load and heavier usage, wires are more susceptible to wear-and-tear, which may in turn cause fraying.

To avoid this, we suggest scheduling regular electrical inspections. Using their wealth of knowledge, your electrician will identify and replace frayed wires before they have a chance to do serious damage.

Code violations

If there are frayed or damaged wires in your workplace, you may be in breach of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) standards if you don’t take swift action to fix it.

And in the worst-case scenario that one of your workers are hurt in the process, you could be liable. Not only does this open you up to a lawsuit, but it may even result in a prison sentence if tough new industrial manslaughter laws get passed in Victoria!

If there is the slightest chance of frayed wires in your workplace, you need to have a commercial electrician inspect your system immediately. You won’t just be protecting your employees – you’ll be protecting your business, too.

Think you have frayed wires? Call an emergency electrician ASAP!

Our team at Briggs Electrical has more than 15 years’ experience providing quality electrical services to the people of Melbourne.

And that includes emergency electrical services.

We’re an emergency electrician Melbourne can always count on. We work:

  • Rain or shine
  • After-hours
  • On public holidays
  • On weekends

It doesn’t matter when or where – if you have an electrical problem our team is ready to help!

Our team of emergency electricians will:

  • Identify and remove the hazard
  • Find additional hazards
  • Keep your home and workplace safe

We also offer domestic and commercial data electrician services too, including routine electrical inspections to help you keep on top of electrical issues before they turn into major problems.

Click here to lodge a job – our friendly team will be in contact with you soon.

Alternatively, save 1300 300 222 to your phone – you never know when you might need an emergency electrician!

Briggs Electrical & Data Solutions is a family-owned business operating across Melbourne and Bayside. We offer all types of commercial, domestic, and emergency electrical services, any time of the day or night! Call us at 1300 300 222 today. Our local emergency electricians are available 24/7!