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Electrical wiring and equipment can pose a danger in any home or workplace. Improper use of electrical appliances can increase the risk of electric shocks or produce a fire hazard.

The Electrical Safety Foundation Recommends Electrical Home Inspections:
When purchasing a home
When a home is 40 years or older
When adding an appliance
When a home has had a major renovation


An Electrical Home Inspection Is Important for the Safety of Your Home, Offering Peace of Mind By:
Ensuring the safe operation of electrical components in your home.
Identifying common electrical mistakes made by contractors and previous DIY homeowners.
Recognizing outdated wiring such as aluminum or knob and tube.
Identifying electrical wiring and components that may have degraded over time.
Spotting oversized fuses or breakers that could lead to fire.
Allowing for the correction of fire and safety hazards.
Helping you save energy and reduce costs.
Meeting insurance risk assessment inspections requirements.
Letting you know the electrical in a new home is safe before you purchase it.

Fuses

Fuses and circuit breakers are essential to the safety of an electrical system. If a circuit becomes overloaded, the fuse will blow, preventing a dangerous buildup of electricity. When fuses do blow, be sure to replace them with the same type of fuse that is rated for the same ampere load. If you replace a home fuse box, install an S-type fuse box that will only allow the correct fuse to be installed, preventing any accidental use of the wrong type of fuses.

Outlets


Never overload outlets with too many appliances or outlet splitters. Check outlets to ensure that they don't become hot to the touch or discolored over time, as this can indicate a potentially dangerous overload. If there are small children in the household, cover all unused outlets with a protective cover to safeguard against shocks. Every outlet should be checked for ground faults.

Wiring

Always make sure that appliances are plugged in firmly without any strain or tension on the cord that could cause the plug to come partially loose. An electrical inspector will ensure that the wiring in a building is safe and meets local building codes before the building can be sold. However, it's a good idea to hire an electrician to check the wiring if you notice any irregularities, such as circuits that often trip or blow fuses, or heat coming from outlets or the fuse box.

Lighting

Be sure to replace light bulbs with new bulbs of the same wattage. In addition, ensure that new light bulbs are always screwed in firmly, as a loose bulb can overheat and pose a fire danger. Keep all lamps and other lighting fixtures away from curtains or beds where flammable fabric can come into contact with the bulb.

Appliances

Read the owners manual before using any small appliances, including hair dryers, irons, power tools and portable space heaters. Make sure that the ampere requirements do not exceed the capacity of the circuit. Unplug appliances whenever they're not in use and seek professional repair to any damage to appliance cords.


Let us provide an Electrical Safety analysis of your home or business.  You will be glad you did!



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