Unexamined electrical outlets and lines cause over $100 million in home and commercial fire damage every year. Almost all of these fires are completely preventable with routine maintenance. The majority are caused by common electrical components and/or rodent damage. Our Tracy electricians suggest that you check the following things at least once a month to help avoid a fire.
Our Electricians in Tracy Recommend That You:
Check Your Cords – Electrical cords are one of the biggest fire starters, especially in areas where they come into contact with carpet and fabric. All cords should be checked for cracking and fraying. Any damaged cords should be replaced immediately. You should also keep cords out of high traffic areas where people could trip over them and yank the plug from a wall outlet causing damage to the plug prongs.
Read Light Bulb Wattage – Whenever you replace a bulb make sure it is the correct wattage for the socket. This is important with incandescent bulbs but also needs to be kept in mind with CFLs that are housed under lampshades. When the bulbs get too hot, they can explode and start fires. Using a bulb that uses a higher wattage can also cause an unsafe heat build-up in the wires leading to the socket and cause it to short out.
Flip the Circuit Switch – Circuit breakers and fuses need to be checked periodically. If a fuse of the wrong size is placed in a breaker it could cause a host of problems from allowing too much electricity to pass through to sensitive electronics to blowing prematurely and causing power outages. In this new era of high consumption electronics, many older circuit breakers are not correctly wired for the new electric demands. If you aren’t sure what size fuse belongs in a particular slot, call in a Tracy CA electrical contractor to label your box for you.
Get an Interrupter – One of the most important pieces of equipment that can be placed in a utility room, kitchen or bathroom is a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter). This device immediately shuts off the electrical supply if it detects water. This can prevent accidental shocks and electrocutions due to electrical devices coming in contact with water for any reason. Call us today to get a dependable electrician in Tracy on the way for an installation.
Most Electrical Damage is Preventable
Our Tracy electricians suggest that you install surge protectors on all of your major appliances and electronics to prevent damage from lightning strikes or power cycling. A $15 surge protector could save you from having to replace a $1000 computer or refrigerator. Call Gentec Services to shock proof your home today!