Electrical Inspections 101

By JDFerris | Electrical

May 28

Keep Your House Safe From Electrical Threats

Your home is a safe house from the world, a place to relax and enjoy your time with family and pals. Covert risks may be hiding behind the walls that threaten your safety and that of your loved ones. That’s why it’s an excellent time to discover how safe your home is from electrical threats.

According to the National Fire Defense Association, there are many factors for concern: Nearly 32,000 fires in the home were triggered by faulty house circuitry or damaged circuitry devices each year between 1999 and 2002. Even still, there are certain things you can do to safeguard your home from unsafe electrical risks. The Leviton Institute recommends that with May being National Electrical Safety Month, homeowners perform an inspection of their home and outside locations as part of their routine spring-cleaning tasks.

Ground fault circuit interrupters protect you and your loved ones from hazardous electrical shock.

Other than these ground fault circuit interrupters, you will also find what are known as GFI breakers inside of the main electrical service panels in a home.

“The GFCI is based on Kirchoff’s current law that states: Any currents flowing into a junction must equal the sum of currents flowing out of that junction in a parallel circuit. Simply put current going in = current going out.
Using this principle, a GFCI monitors current in the hot (black) wire, and the neutral (white) and the current in both should be equal according to Kirchoff’s law. If there is a leak of between 4-5mA, this will shut down power. This leak can occur due to short circuits, which means current takes an unintended path either through faulty wiring, malfunction or going through a human body. If a GFCI trips it is required to be manually reset at the receptacle, it is also essential to use the test button on your GFCI once a month to ensure it is working correctly.”

(Author David L.7, Jan, 2018, “Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter”, https://thegrid.rexel.com/en-us/knowledge/electrician-documentation/w/wiki/713/ground-fault-circuit-interrupter-gfci)

Also, kitchen areas, bathrooms, utility room, or any other location around your house that has a water source within 6 feet of the receptacle needs GFCI protection. Inspect all outlets and switches for fractures, damaged parts or loose-fitting plugs. Change defective devices right away, along with those that feel hot to the touch. You ought to likewise inspect all power cables and extension cables: Those revealing signs of breaking, fraying or visible wear ought to be replaced instantly. Never run extensions under carpets, carpets or furniture where damage can hide.

Make certain outlets are not strained. Many household outlets are usually ranked around 15-20 amps. Plugging in too many devices into one outlet can surpass that rating and create a fire or shock threat.

At times, it becomes necessary to add an electrical subpanel to your home‘s electric system in order to safely and properly supply all areas of your home with power.

Always plug the home appliance into the extension cord initially before inserting the extension cord into the outlet when you utilize an extension cable.

If you believe your home may have potential electrical problems such as single-strand aluminum wiring, do you and your family a favor and contact SPS Inspections to schedule a walkthrough of your home and help alleviate any anxieties you might be having about it.

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