Faulty electrical outlets are a major cause of home fires. At least 25,000 electrical fires each year can be attributed to bad electrical outlets, causing over $1 billion in damage. Routine maintenance on electrical outlets can drastically reduce the risk of electrical fires in your home, making the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” never more … [Read more...] about Five tips for electrical outlet maintenance
Outlets & Adapters
Installing new electrical outlets
Ever moved into a house and configured your room the way you like it only to realize that there are no convenient sources for power? Quit debating shuffling the furniture and get rid of all those extensions cords before you burn the house down. Strategically installing new electrical outlets where you need them will keep your electronics powered up and your Feng Shui intact. If … [Read more...] about Installing new electrical outlets
What are GCFI and GFI Outlets?
What Are GCFI and GFI Outlets? Have you ever wondered what those electrical outlets with the two little buttons between the sockets are? Ground fault circuit interrupters, commonly called GFCIs or GFIs, are special outlets that minimize the danger of electrocution in the home, usually where outlets are located by sources of water, often near sinks and in the garage. Sometimes … [Read more...] about What are GCFI and GFI Outlets?
Summer storms: electrical safety tips
If you’re like most Americans, you’re aware of the dangers lightning poses if an unexpected summer storm suddenly catches you outside. Getting to shelter is your top priority. However, lightning can hit you while you’re protected by walls. Even if you aren’t hit directly, lightning can do severe damage to your appliances and your home itself. There are a number of electrical … [Read more...] about Summer storms: electrical safety tips
Electrical outlet safety tips
Worn-out or faulty outlets are one of the most common causes for electrical fires and electrocutions at home. Inspecting all the electrical outlets regularly for damage or deterioration, updating them, and using them safely will all minimize your risks of a house fire or other accidents. Electrical Safety Tips at Home Most home fires are preventable if electrical systems … [Read more...] about Electrical outlet safety tips