Fire Prevention Week – Checklist

Do’s

  • Replace any worn out appliances or devices showing signs of age or damage
  • Replace Smoke Detectors every 10 years, replace batteries every year
  • Install interconnected smoke detectors, when one goes off they all go off
  • Install a smoke detector in every bedroom
  • Install a C0 detector in your house. It’s the new law
  • Replace fixtures that do not have a cover over the bulbs especially in closets and other confined spaces
  • Use appliances and devices according to guidelines and instructions
  • Have a licensed electrical contractor do a safety/fire prevention check of your electrical system
  • Hire a qualified, insured & licensed electrical contractor for all electrical installations & repairs

Don’ts

  • Use damaged appliances or devices
  • Overuse extension cords or power bars
  • Ignore signs of a problem
  • Overload your electrical system
  • Use unlicensed workers

 

BE SAFE AND BE AWARE

For more information on fire Prevention go to Fire Prevention Canada at www.fiprecan.ca

For more information on the Electrical Safety Authority go to www.esasafe.com

Fire Prevention Week – part 3

Installation

3, Any electrical wiring or device is only as good as the person who installed it.
Quality workmanship in the installation. service and maintenance of electrical wiring and devices is essential in preventing the potential of electrical fires.

Always use a qualified electrical contractor licensed by The Electrical safety Authority.  While many people are handy, intelligent, skilled, hardworking and caring of others only a licensed electrician/contractor has the specific, complete skill set and experience to perform quality, accurate installation and service of your electrical system and wiring needs.

Take time during Fire Prevention Week to walk through your house inside and out to do an audit of your electrical service, wiring, devices and appliances to ensure your home is up to date, protected and safe.  If you are unsure about anything, call a qualified electrical contractor to come by and do a walk through with you.  For a reasonable fee you will have great peace of mind.

Things to watch out for include but are not limited to, frayed or damaged cords on appliances, use of extension cords and power bars for anything other than temporary use, wires stapled to baseboards or running under carpets, plugs & switches that are discolored or too warm to the touch, fixtures that flicker, blow bulbs too frequently or difficult to remove bulbs, outlets and cords that spark/arc, use of outlets behind furniture, dimming or flickering of power, tripping breakers or blowing fuses, 20 and 30 amp fuses in the panel, more than one wire under a fuse or breaker, fixtures sockets that are discolored or cracked, fixtures with exposed bulbs, plugs and switches that are too close to a water source.

If you have any questions or are concerned about any possible electrical safety issues, Albright Electric is always available to come to your home or business to inspect, and if necessary, make repairs.  Call or email us anytime to arrange an appointment.

You can also find part 1 and part 2 here

Peggy

BE SAFE AND BE AWARE

For more information on fire Prevention go to Fire Prevention Canada at www.fiprecan.ca

For more information on the Electrical Safety Authority go to www.esasafe.com

Fire Prevention Week – part 2

In Your Walls

2. Connections inside wall plugs and switches can become loose over time and cause electricity to arc as power flows through it.  This can cause overheating, burning of the wires and discolouration of the switch or plug.  This is not only a fire hazard but can also damage or reduce the life of anything plugged into it – especially electronics.  This is more difficult to inspect but if there is any discolouration, or you hear any noise coming from the switch or plug when you turn it on or plug something in – it would be wise to arrange for a licensed electrician to inspect and, if necessary, repair any loose connections.

Connections inside the fuse or breaker panel can also loosen over time which, as above, can cause overheating and possibly damage anything connected to that circuit.  There is a lot of power inside the panel and inspecting, tightening or repairing anything inside the panel should only be done by a qualified licensed electrician.

Albright Electric can inspect, repair or replace any loose or damaged switches and plugs at a very reasonable rate.  Feel free to call us if you have any questions.

Watch for part 3 tomorrow, or link to part 1 here

Peggy

BE SAFE AND BE AWARE

For more information on fire Prevention go to Fire Prevention Canada at www.fiprecan.ca

For more information on the Electrical Safety Authority go to www.esasafe.com

Fire Prevention Week – part 1

Around Your Home

We are kicking off Fire Prevention Week with a 3 part blog that will help you ease into the colder months with some peace of mind about the electrical safety in and around your home.

Most electrical fires fall into one of three categories

  1. Wiring, electrical devices and appliances that have become old, worn out or outdated.

One of the easiest things to check is the cords on small appliances such as those in the kitchen (blenders, toasters, etc.) and the bedroom or bathroom (hair dryers, curling irons, shavers, etc.).  These cords can become frayed or worn over time and can increase the chance of getting a shock or, if the cord heats up enough, starting a fire.

If you find any worn or frayed cords either replace the cord or, if necessary,  the device or appliance.

Extension cords should only be used for temporary power but often are found behind couches or under area rugs to supply power for lamps and other devices.  This can be hazardous because, once in place, we seldom think of these cords.  An extension cord under a rug may experience greater wear and tear when the rug is walked on and the connection may become loose.  As with worn or frayed cords on small appliances, an extension cord hidden under a rug may heat up or spark – the difference is that it is covered and could start the rug on fire.

Take a little time to make sure your home and family are safe from electrical fires.

Check back for part 2 tomorrow!

Peggy

BE SAFE AND BE AWARE

For more information on fire Prevention go to Fire Prevention Canada at www.fiprecan.ca

For more information on the Electrical Safety Authority go to www.esasafe.com

 

Fire Prevention Week

Electrical Safety Blog

October 4th through the 10th is Fire Prevention Week and we at Albright Electric thought it would be the ideal time for the first blog on our website.

Our goal is to provide helpful tips and timely, useful information for our customers.   Some of the topics we’ll be covering in the coming months deal with electrical safety, smoke alarms and the new CO detector laws.

If there are any topics you would like to see covered, please feel free to send us an email with what you would like to know more about.

Peggy