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
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