Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Did you know that according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage? Those numbers are shocking--and many of the fires reported could have been prevented with proper electrical safety care. As it gets darker earlier this time of year, it forces us to rely on our indoor and outdoor lighting more. Keep your family and your home safe with these electrical safety tips:
Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.
Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.
Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets.
In addition to these tips, it’s really important for you to schedule a home electrical safety inspection to make sure you’re doing everything possible to keep your family safe. Always rely on a professional to check your electrical components to avoid the risk of injury. The expert technicians at A.B. May can be sure that your home is securely wired, giving you peace of mind.
Our Trained Electrical Experts Will:
Check general receptacles
Check for GFCI receptacle locations and existing GFCI
Check attic for proper wiring and components
Assure that the electrical system is up to code
Check all electrical panels, main breakers, and circuit breakers
Check ARC-fault breakers
Evaluate electrical service cable and grounding system
Provide a post-inspection report identifying areas of safety concerns