7 Questions to Ask During An Electrical Safety Inspection

Posted On: October 10, 2016

Damaged Outlet in Electrical InspectionAn electrical safety inspection is highly important this fall. A single frayed wire or damaged outlet may prove to be the one thing puts your home at a far greater risk of fires and the well-being of your family in danger. When you look at the statistics, neglecting your electrical safety needs may be your most costly mistake. An average of 51,000 fires are reported each year, according to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Your home may just become another number in the statistic if your electrical problems are not treated soon. You also risk other setbacks as well, like increased spending on repair service and reduced property resale value. But don’t just allow faulty electricity to ruin the season; you should instead be proactive and take charge of your electrical problems so you can spend the fall worry-free.

Why Call Reliable for Service?

If you want to improve electrical safety, allow Reliable Electrical Services to help with a proper electrical safety inspection. The safety of our customers is the top goal of all our electrical services. We want to see you enjoy the fall to its fullest and not be interrupted by patchy wiring or outdated appliances. Our team of electricians can provide a wide range of services aimed at making life in your home easier including the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detection, whole home surge protection, emergency lighting, and code compliance checks. If you expect to live comfortably this season, we should be the first call you make. Our services don’t just ensure safety; they guarantee convenience for your home at any time of the year!

Electrical Safety: What Should You Consider?

In addition to a helping hand from Reliable Electrical Services, you can do your share in performing an electrical safety inspection in your home, to check for any safety hazards. Even if you think is 100% safe and secure this season, there is certainly no harm in giving your electrical system a second look. You may just find something like a loose wire or damaged appliance ready to be bring serious danger to your home. If you’re unsure how to begin, here are 7 questions to ask yourself during your safety search:

  1. Have You Unplugged Appliances? If you’re the type of person who is always on the phone, then you are probably used to plugging in the battery charger. However, like any appliance, it needs to be unplugged after usage or the risk of a fire will rise significantly. Plugged-in chargers and other appliances still run electricity through their wires even when you are not currently using them. When you’re looking to keep your home safe, this is the first thing you should check.
  2. Have You Installed GFCI Outlets? Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets can literally save your life. If your home isn’t equipped with them, you need to place it atop of your to-do list this fall. A GFCI outlet will cut off electrical power if it senses any irregular flow of current. They are primarily used in areas of the home where electrical power is more likely to be exposed to water, like kitchens and bathrooms. It can save anyone in your household from electrocution and keep appliances away from danger.
  3. Is There Any Damaged Wiring? Loose, damaged, or frayed wiring is a recipe for disaster. They may be responsible for any short circuiting, power loss, or electrical fires you experience during the season. It is highly important you inspect the wiring in your home at any time of year. If you notice any significant wear and tear, it is time to call a professional electrician from Reliable Electrical Services for help before it is much too late.
  4. Have You Tested Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detection? Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be inspected at least once a year so they are ready to immediately alert you of a problem. Testing may reveal that you need to change the batteries of either to ensure the best performance or, if they are not working at all, you need to replace them entirely.
  5. When Is the Last Time You Upgraded Your Electrical Panel? An electrical panel can last you up to 20 years and if your panel is soon to hit its twenties, now is the time to upgrade for the sake of safety and top-notch electrical performance. The panel is responsible for evenly distributing electrical power throughout your home. However, once it reaches advanced age, it may result in frequent circuit breaker trips. A modern electrical panel should distribute 100 to 200 amps of power. If your current panel is averaging 60 amps, it cannot keep up with modern electrical demands, and could cause a ton of problems.
  6. Is There Any Clutter Around Electrical Fixtures? Take a look at your outlets. Are piles of clothing or furniture residing next to them a little too closely? If so, that could be a huge residential fire waiting to happen. One spark from the outlet can set any surrounding clutter aflame, especially if outlets are already hot to the touch. If you notice any personal belongings or objects, especially ones that are highly flammable, hanging around electrical fixtures, you need to place them a safe distance away.
  7. Do Switches & Outlets Need to be Replaced? Speaking of outlets, you may need to replace them altogether if they cannot keep up with modern electrical demands. This is true for any household with two-prong outlets or builder’s grade outlets.The longer you keep outdated panels in your home, the greater the safety risk. You need modern three-prong outlets instead, designed to maintain a steady yet safe flow of power for all of your needs.

Contact Reliable Electrical Services today if you want to learn more on how you can ensure a more enjoyable fall with our electrical safety inspection!