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8 Ways to Protect Your Family from Electrical Hazards

(1) Electrical systems age and can become overloaded, particularly in older homes. Over the years as more lighting, appliances and equipment are added, the electrical system becomes overburdened and problems can develop. If fuses blow or circuit breakers protecting branch circuits trip frequently, new branch circuits or other repairs may be necessary. Depending on the condition of the equipment and the extent of the repairs, the cost may be nominal or could run into several thousand dollars. A qualified licensed electrician can determine if repairs are necessary and can estimate the cost. (2) Consider installation of arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which detect arcs in electrical systems, a leading cause of electrical fires. (3)Consider installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), which can protect from lethal electrical currents. (4) Always follow appropriate safety precautions and manufacturer's instructions. If you have a question about a specific electrical product, contact the manufacturer. Many electrical manufacturers have web sites, including contact information. (5) Check outlets and extension cords to make sure they aren't overloaded. (6) Examine electrical cords to make sure they aren't frayed, damaged or placed under rugs or carpets. (7) Make sure that the proper wattage light bulbs are being used in light fixtures and lamps. (8) One of the most important precautions consumers can take is to test GFCIs and smoke detectors monthly. Replace smoke detector batteries annually.

Posted 01-19-2008 8:25 AM by Lindsay, Christopher
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wendie stefanko wrote re: 8 Ways to Protect Your Family from Electrical Hazards
on 04-27-2008 7:22 PM

We moved into a rental home in akron,ohio,at the end of october2008.We have been having electrical problems that to put it mildly have us concerned for are safety.The house electrical system is old,it has the old style fuse box,we keep blowing fuses and the fuses are extremely hot,yesterday the glass face of the fuse acually disintegrated when my son went to unscrew it.can you give me any feed back?the landlord just keeps jerry rigging it.

Joe Estrada wrote re: 8 Ways to Protect Your Family from Electrical Hazards
on 08-15-2013 8:37 AM

Great tips to protect from electrical hazards! When you are in doubt about electrical concerns, it is best to contact  a licensed electrician near you to help you.  It can  save your life, devices, and property.

As a licensed electrician with many years in Orlando (, I will recommend to use your common sense, check your  electrical cords, wires, outlets, smoke detectors, and   follow safety instructions during the installation of your new products.

It is better to be safe than sorry.

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