Electricity is so much a part of our homes and daily lives that we can forget that it can be very dangerous when not handled properly. There are some basic steps you can take to help ensure you and your family’s safety when it comes to handling electricity, and we’ll list some of these suggestions below. However, if you’ve noticed arcing, smelled a burning smell or are having problems with tripping breakers, etc., it may be time to consider calling in an expert. The trained electricians at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., are available 24/7 for any type of electrical problem you may have, but in the meantime, review these electrical tips to help secure your Carnation, WA, home:
Repair Wiring Correctly
We’ve all seen the overloaded, mess of extension cords at least once in our lives, and while it may be humorous in a movie or other scenario, it is actually a very dangerous one. Using extension cords to make up for poor or inadequate wiring is a big mistake because it still overloads your system. It is also a bad idea to use temporary or flexible wiring to repair or replace wiring that calls for a permanent solution.
Install GFCI Outlets
Ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCI outlets, are outlets that will shut off as soon as an overload of electricity is detected. This indicates there may be a wiring issue, and the GFCI outlet cuts the power before damage can occur.
Don’t Force Tripped Breakers
Circuit breakers trip as a safety precaution for your electrical box and your home. If you have a tripped breaker that gives resistance or trips again immediately after re-setting it, don’t force it; instead, call for an expert who determine why the breaker is tripping.
Don’t Use Taped Extension Cords
Extension cords should never be used when the electrical wiring has come through its protective coating, even if the damaged area has been wrapped with electrical tape. Using a damaged electrical cords can create dangerous situations, as they can be unstable.
Have Warm Electrical Outlets Repaired
If you have an outlet plate that is warm to the touch, there is an underlying electrical problem that needs to be dealt with by a professional.
These electrical tips can help you maintain safety around your Carnation, WA, electrical system.
However, if you need help with any kind of electrical repairs, call the people with the training and expertise: G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.