Your home contains so many vital aspects for it to function comfortably the way you want it to, and the electric system is no exception. This post will introduce you to information you need to know for a safe functioning home.
The electrical system is nothing to be taken lightly as one small defect could cause serious fires or injuries. Therefore all must be noted and taken care of immediately by a professionally qualified electrician. Modification or changes should also be taken care of by a licensed electrician.
This is potentially the number one thing in your home that could cause fires. So how would you prevent that? Here are some points to take notice:
- Computer and other sensitive electrical equipment fitted with surge protectors must be installed on grounded circuits.
- Relocate any outlet heaters above baseboard heaters. Wires from operating appliances could drape over the heater.
- Fuses and circuit breakers are safety devices in your electrical panel that are designed to prevent fires and hazard.
- Make sure all branch circuits are properly protected by fuses or breakers. Do not use larger fuses or attempt to prevent fuses or blowing breakers from tripping by adding extraneous materials.
- Aluminum wiring was installed in many areas until the 1970’s. Easily oxidize and become brittle in damp conditions has made this method unsafe. A quick way to correct is by pig tailing to receptacles or switches marked co/air.
- Ground fault circuit interrupters (G.F.C.I’s) are special outlets with the ‘test and reset’ buttons in the middle. They are required to be installed in all outlets for bathrooms, exteriors and plumbing fixtures like swimming pools, hot tubs and recently kitchens. They should never be installed where a fridge or freezer will be plugged; the G.F.C.I trips and cause your food to spoil.
Be observant to any deficiencies and note them immediately. Make sure it is always a licensed professional that makes any changes or modifications to the electrical system.