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The Importance of Electrical Safety

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Understanding Electrical Systems 

Electricity is something we take for granted. How many times do you think about a light switch you turn on? Or the outlets that charge your phone? With the number of electrical incidents that happen yearly, it’s important to understand the workings of your electrical system.  By having this basic understanding of what to look out for, you will be better prepared to keep your home and family safe from electrical disasters! 

What is the cause of Electrical Home Fires? 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, damaged wiring and related electrical equipment cause 69 percent of electrical fires. This is followed by lamps, light fixtures, cords, plugs, transformers, and other power supplies. 

Electrical Safety Warning Signs 

Have you ever walked across the carpet and touched a light switch and received a shock? That was a shock of electricity. But, the kind that can come from appliances in your home is much greater. Take note of these electrical overload warning signs provided by the ESFI below: 

  • You experience frequent tripping breakers
  • Dimming or flickering lights with the use of other power
  • Strange sounds (like buzzing) coming from electrical components
  • Burnt or discolored looking outlets
  • Appliances that are underpowered

These warning signs aren’t something to turn a blind eye to. Left unchecked, these warning signs could turn into potential danger. Call a certified electrical technician to come out and take a look at your home’s electrical system. They will be able to best advise based on their whole home evaluation and make sure your home is safe. 

Electrical Safety Tips 

Keep your home and loved ones safe with these tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation:

  • Test GFCIs and AFCIs monthly to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.
  • In homes with young children, install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent electrical shocks and burns. (Visit our previous blog here for information on electrical outlets)
  • Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician as needed.
  • Leave the electrical repairs to a certified electrician!

Bring Electrical Safety Home 

When is the last time you had your home’s electrical system evaluated by an electrical technician? We are currently offering $39 Whole Home Electrical Evaluations at Service Professor! Our technicians will take a look at your whole home’s electrical system and make any recommendations based on their findings. Electricity is a vital part of our daily lives, and most of us couldn’t imagine life without it! Gain peace of mind knowing that your friendly Service Professor technicians are here for you and your family! 

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