It's important to know where your meter box is in case of emergency.
Your meter box houses a number of electrical components including the meter, main switch, fuses and circuit breakers, which control the flow of electricity into your home.
To inspect your meter box if it shows any signs of burn marks, worn wires or a strange smell
At the main switch if you are doing any household maintenance or renovations
Circuit breakers and fuses in the meter box for easy identification
Should you need to access your RCD, and/or meter readers requiring access to read your meter
Safety switches are mandatory in all new homes, they can save lives and prevent injury from electric shock
Check your safety switch in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions
if a fuse, safety switch or appliance blows repeatedly have a licensed electrician check it
Have fuses replaced by a licensed electrician
Make sure that the meter box is protected from exposure to the elements and has a meter box lid
Safety Switches and RCDs
Safety switches provide an important defence against electric shock and are mandatory in all new homes. A licensed electrician should install all safety switches except portable units.
A safety switch is designed to immediately switch the power off when harmful levels of electricity (usually 30 milliamps) ‘leak’ to earth. Safety switches typically operate within 10 to 50 milliseconds.
There are three types of safety switches:
A safety switch will not protect against all instances of electric shock. If a person comes into contact with the active and neutral conductors while handling a faulty plug or appliance, the safety switch will not detect this contact unless there is also a flow to earth.
Make sure all appliances are in good order and test your safety switch regularly by pressing the test button.
Underground connections (Green domes - pillars)
In areas where underground power has been installed a pillar or ‘green dome’ is placed just inside the property boundary. The green dome contains live electrical wires and should be treated with a high degree of caution, particularly when performing work nearby.
If you make contact with a green dome or notice any damage, make the safe call to Western Power on 13 13 51.
Private underground cables from the green dome to the house are not shown on Dial Before You Dig plans.
Private underground cables
Western Power requires unimpeded access to green domes. Ensure the area is kept free from obstructions and do not change the ground level.