Always hire a licensed electrical Contractor to perform electrical work. Not only do they employ only state licensed electricians but carry insurance for your protection. Be aware of individuals who "moon-light' (performing side jobs), they may be electricians but are not insured and maybe not even licensed at all. Finally, if you or a family member are the "do it yourself" type, please make sure you are qualified and understand the codes and hazards associated with electricity. If not, don't risk it.
Make sure all electrical cords equipped with 3-prong plug have the grounding prong securely attached. The ground prong is what provides a path to ground if a short or fault occurs. If this prong is not secure or missing, the equipment the cord is attached to is not grounded protected and may become energized with catastrophic results. If you find any danged cords or cords missing the ground prong, we can have them proeprly repaired or replaced.
Always use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected circuit when plugging in devices outdoors, anywhere inside that is within 6 ft of water or when using power tools. Test your GFCI's monthly to assure they properly function. GFCI's can weaken over time and may not trip quick enough, even if they test properly. With the correct testing equipment we can verify your GFCI's are working properly, and make sure your home has the GFCI's in locations required by code. GFCI's do save lives so contact us to have them proeprly tested and to make sure your home has all the required GFCI's.
Portable space heaters need to be properly tested and inspected prior to being used for the winter. Always check the cord and plug for any damaged insulation or missing ground prongs. Test the tip over safety switch by turning on your space heater and slowly tipping it down, the space heater should automatically shut off. If it does not shut off do not use it, it can very easily result in a fire if it tips over and does not shut off. Remember keep all space heaters away from flamable material and off floors such as carpet. Space heater inspections, including proper grounding, are include in all are electrical safety inspections. If you would like your space heater proeprly inspected or to scehdule an inspection please contact us.
Never place an electrical extension cord under any flammable material such as carpet or buried under leaves. Misused or damaged extension cords can heat up and start a fire when improperly used. Always check extension cords and appliance cords, such as lamp cords, for pinched, damaged insulation or exposed conductors. We can replaced damaged appliance cords and install permanent wiring to reduce this common electrical hazard which is a leading cause of home fires.
If an outlet or wall switch ever fills warm to the touch,makes noises, doesnt always work, your lights flicker or anything similar this is an indication of a potentially serious electrical hazard in your wiring system. In addition, if a circuit breaker tripped, it tripped for a reason don't just reset it and hope it doesnt happen again. IF you experience any of this indications of potential electrical hazards please Contact Us.
Extension cords are not intended for permanent use only temporary use. This is because the insulation used for extension cords is not rated for continuous use and may produce heat when used for long period of times. If you have an extension cord being permanently used please contact us for a free on site guaranteed quote to install a permanently wired power.
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