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Each year, fire claims the lives of 4,000 Americans and injures approximately 20,000 more. During a typical year, home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires,
hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and $868 million in property losses. Home electrical wiring causes twice as many fires as electrical appliances.
Many of these fires are caused by misuse or overloading electrical circuits .
You've upgraded your kitchen, plumbing, roof, bathroom, and carpet...
now pay some attention to the most critical and unfortunately
most overlooked system in your home. Your electrical System!
Winter months are the most dangerous time for electrical fires. Fire deaths are highest in winter months which call for more indoor activities and increase in lighting,
heating, and appliance use. Most electrical wiring fires start in the bedroom.
Most electrical fires result from problems with "fixed wiring" such as faulty electrical outlets and old wiring. Problems with cords and plugs,
such as extension and appliance cords, also cause many home electrical fires.
In urban areas, faulty wiring accounts for 33% of residential electrical fires.
Many avoidable electrical fires can be traced to misuse of electric cords, such as overloading circuits,
poor maintenance and running the cords under rugs or in high traffic areas.
The home appliances most often involved in electrical fires are electric panels, stoves and ovens, dryers, central heating units, televisions, radios and record players.
Have your electrical panel checked by a licensed electrician
Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; pay special care to electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen.
If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
Never overload extension cords or wall sockets. Immediately shut off, then call electrician to professionally replace,
light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker. Use safety closures to "child-proof" electrical outlets.
Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently
with your family.
Electrical Panels & Services
Electric panels are the heart of your electrical system. When your electrical panel goes out almost everything shuts down or worse yet a fire.
Electrical panels typically last 20-25 years. Sure signs of a failure in your electrical panel are flickering lights and excess heat at the circuit breakers.
If you see any of those signs call us immediately.
Do You Need An Electrician?
Who do you call?
What questions do you ask?
10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Home Electrical System
Do circuit breakers in your home trip often or do fuses keep blowing?
A home electrical system has these built-in safeguards to prevent electrical overload.
Too much current causes the breakers to open automatically or the fuses to melt.
When a circuit shuts down repeatedly, it's a warning that should not be ignored.
Are GFCI outlets installed where required?
The National Electrical Code now requires extra protection for outlets in specific areas of the home, such as kitchens, baths, utility rooms, garages and outdoors.
Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)— which are identifiable by their TEST and RESET buttons—are generally required in proximity to wet locations.
If your wiring has not been upgraded with GFCIs you're not protected.
Are extension cords needed to reach the outlets in any room?
Electrical outlets, especially in older homes, are often spaced too far apart for modern living. This not only creates too much demand on too few outlets,
it also poses a hazard when the extension cords are run under rugs and furniture.
Is there rust on the main electrical service panel?
Even permanent fixtures wear out or suffer the ravages of time.
When rust appears on the metal service panel it often indicates a moisture problem or that deterioration has reached an advanced stage.
Do the lights dim when appliances turn on?
High-demand appliances such as air conditioners, clothes dryers, refrigerators and furnaces need extra power when they start up.
This temporary current draw can be more than just a nuisance; it can damage sensitive equipment.
Do electrical switches or outlets feel warm or tingly?
Loose or deteriorating electrical connections, such as the wiring junctions in switches and outlets, impede current flow and create resistance.
THis may create a dangerous condition that can result in shock or fire.
Do your electrical outlets need accessory plug-strips?
Too many things plugged in at one location can create more current demand than a single outlet or electrical line can safely handle.
Adding multiple plug-in strips won't solve the problem. What you need are additional outlets, and possibly new wiring runs to service them.
Do your outlets not accept three-prong plugs?
The third, or grounding, prong on a typical appliance plug provides an extra measure of safety against electrical shock.
Older two-prong receptacle outlets, installed in homes before this innovation, may not be adequately grounded and should be upgraded.
Is the wiring in your outlet boxes old and crumbling?
If you look at the wiring to your home's light switches or outlets, do you find wires wrapped in cloth sheathing or bits of black rubber in the electrical box?
Very old homes often have antiquated wiring that should be upgraded to ensure your safety.
Have you never upgraded your electrical service?
If your home is over 25 years old, you could have an inadequate and possibly hazardous electrical system—and not even know it.
To be safe, call in an electrician for a thorough inspection, and if necessary bring your home up to today's electrical code standards.
Questions to Ask an Electrician
If you need to consult a professional electrician or electrical contractor, ask the following questions to learn whether the individuals you're considering
are fully qualified and likely to do reliable work at a reasonable price.
Are you licensed in this municipality?
Not all states, counties or towns regulate or require licenses for electricians, but it's prudent to check first with your local building department.
Also ask if electrical work in your municipality must adhere to standards established by the National Electrical Code.
Will my electrical panel need replacement?
The current National Electrical Code recommends a minimum 100-amp incoming electrical service. If your service panel provides less,
it should be upgraded to this level or better to meet today's home requirements. Most new homes are wired with 200-amp service.
Will I have to apply for a permit?
If a permit is required, the electrician often will make the application for the homeowner.
Some municipalities allow homeowners to do minor electrical repairs and installations if they first secure a permit and have the work inspected when complete.
Is my home's electrical system adequately grounded?
Ground-wiring protects a home and its occupants in case of an electrical fault, such as a short-circuit.
But grounding also protects expensive electronic equipment like computers and many appliances. An electrician can quickly check and add grounding capacity if needed.
Are there any hidden costs for the work?
The electrician should do a thorough preliminary inspection and provide you with a firm,
accurate estimate of the work involved, along with the cost of fixtures or wiring that will be installed. If additional work is necessary,
it can be negotiated and billed separately.
Will you use all-copper wiring for any new installation?
Solid copper wiring is the material of choice for new homes or renovations. Although 14-gage wire is allowed for many circuits,
it's smart to install heavier 12-gage wiring, which costs a little more but can handle more electrical current, making it safer and more energy-efficient.
If my service needs upgrading, will the entire house have to be rewired?
Unless you live in a very old home with antiquated wiring, you probably won't have to replace your existing electrical lines.
However, if you require more electrical capacity in certain rooms, new wiring runs and additional outlets are likely to be needed.
Can you provide references from other homeowners?
Every tradesperson or electrician is only as good as their reputation. If you have never contracted with the electrician who answered your call,
it's fair to ask for the names of other homeowners who have and to give them a call to check the contractor's work.
Maintain Electrical Safely
The insulation on electrical cords can
become damaged by wear, flexing, or age.
Do not use any cord that is stiff or cracked.
Some clues that you may have an electrical
problem are :
1. Flickering lights. If the lights dim every
time you turn on an appliance that
circuit is overloaded or has a loose
2. Sparks. If sparks appear when you
insert or remove a plug, they could be a
sign of loose connections.
3. Warm electrical cord. If an electrical
cord is warm to the touch, the cord is
underrated or defective.
4. Frequent blown fuses or broken
circuits. A fuse or circuit breaker that
keeps tripping is an important warning
sign of problems.
5. Frequent bulb burnout. A light bulb
that burns out frequently is a sign that
the bulb is too high a wattage for the
Use Electrical Devices Safely
Light bulbs, especially the newer halogen
types, get very hot and can ignite
combustible materials that get too close.
Clothing or towels should never be placed
atop a lampshade and table lamps should
not be used without a shade where they
might fall over onto a bed or sofa. Most
light fixtures are labeled to show the
brightest bulb that can be safely used in
that fixture; too high a wattage bulb can
cause the fixture to overheat and start a
fire. Extension cords are a common cause
of electrical fires. You must be careful to
use only extension cords that are rated for
the power used by the device they are
powering. Extension cords should never be
used as a long term solution to the need for
another receptacle. Extension cords must
never be run inside walls or under rugs or
furniture. Extension cords can get warm in
use and must be able to dissipate this heat
or they can start a fire.
Prevent electrical problems
Studies of electrical fires in homes show
that many problems are associated with
improper installation of electrical devices
by do-it-yourselfers. Common errors that
can lead to fires include the use of
improperly rated devices such as switches
or receptacles and loose connections at
these devices. Both can lead to overheating
and arcing that can start fires. Fires are still
caused by people using the wrong size fuse
or even putting a penny behind a fuse when
they don’t have a spare. These practices are
very dangerous. The fuse is a safety device
designed to limit
carried by the
circuit to a safe
and water are a
outdoor use. Outdoor receptacles as well as
those in kitchens, bathrooms, and anywhere
else near water should be the ground fault
circuit interrupting type (GFCI).
GFCI - What Is It?
What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, and how does it protect you?
A "GFCI" is a ground fault circuit interrupter. A ground fault circuit interrupter is an inexpensive electrical device that, if installed in household branch circuits, could prevent over two-thirds of the approximately 300 electrocutions still occurring each year in and around the home. Installation of the device could also prevent thousands of burn and electric shock injuries each year.
The GFCI is designed to protect people from severe or fatal electric shocks Because a GFCI detects ground faults, it can also prevent some electrical fires and reduce the severity of others by interrupting the flow of electric current.
Have you ever experienced an electric shock? If you did, the shock probably happened because your hand or some other part of your body contacted a source of electrical current and your body provided a path for the electrical current to go to the ground, so that you received a shock.
An unintentional electric path between a source of current and a grounded surface is referred to as a "ground-fault." Ground faults ground-fault. Ground faults occur when current is leaking somewhere, in effect, electricity is escaping to the ground. How it leaks is very important. If your body provides a path to the ground for this leakage, you could be injured, burned, severely shocked, or electrocuted.
Some examples of accidents that underscore this hazard include the following:
- Two children, ages five and six, were electrocuted in Texas when a plugged-in hair dryer fell into the tub in which they were bathing.
- A three-year-old Kansas girl was electrocuted when she touched a faulty countertop.
These two electrocutions occurred because the electrical current escaping from the appliance traveled through the victim to ground (in these cases, the grounded plumbing fixtures). Had a GFCI been installed, these deaths would probably have been prevented because a GFCI would have sensed the current flowing to ground and would have switched off the power before the electrocution occurred.
HOW THE GFC1 WORKS
In the home's wiring system, the GFCI constantly monitors electricity flowing in a circuit, to sense any loss of current. If the current flowing through the circuit differs by a small amount from that returning, the GFCI quickly switches off power to that circuit. The GFCI interrupts power faster than a blink of an eye to prevent a lethal dose of electricity. You may receive a painful shock, but you should not be electrocuted or receive a serious shock injury.
Here's how it may work in your house.. Suppose a bare wire inside an appliance touches the metal case. The case is then charged with electricity. If you touch the appliance with one hand while the other hand is touching a grounded metal object, like a water faucet, you will receive a shock. If the appliance is plugged into an outlet protected by a GFCI, the power will be shut off before a fatal shock would occur.
AVAILABILITY OF GFCIs
Three common types of ground fault circuit interrupters are available for home use:
* RECEPTACLE TYPE
This type of GFCI is used in place of the standard duplex receptacle found throughout the house It fits into the standard outlet box and protects you against "ground faults' whenever an electrical product is plugged into the outlet Most receptacle-type GFCls can be installed so that they also protect other electric-cal outlets further "down stream" in the branch circuit.
* CIRCUIT BREAKER TYPE
In homes equipped with circuit breakers rather than fuses, a circuit breaker GFCI may be installed in a panel box to give protection to selected circuits The circuit breaker GFCI serves a dual purpose - not only will it shut off electricity in the event of a "ground-fault," but it will also trip when a short circuit or an over-load occurs Protection covers the wiring and each outlet, lighting fixture, heater, etc served by the branch circuit protected by the GFCI in the panel box.
* PORTABLE TYPE
Where permanent GFCls are not practical, portable GFCls may be used One type contains the GFCI circuitry in a plastic encio-sure with plug blades in the back and receptacle slots in the f rant. It can be plugged into a receptacle, then, the electrical product is plugged into the GFCI. Another type of portable GFCI is an extension cord combined with a GFCI. It adds flexibility in using receptacles that are not protected by GFCls.
WHERE GFCIs SHOULD BE CONSIDERED
In homes built to comply with the National Electrical Code (the Code), GFCI protection is required for most outdoor receptacles (since 1973), bathroom receptacle circuits (since 1975), garage wall outlets (since 1978), kitchen receptacles (since 1987), and all receptacles in crawl spaces and unfinished basements (since 1990).
Owners of homes that do not have GFCls installed in all those critical areas specified in the latest version of the Code should consider having them installed. For broad protection, GFCI circuit breakers may be added in many panels of older homes to replace ordinary circuit breaker. For homes protected by fuses, you are limited to receptacle or portable-type GFCIs and these may be installed in areas of greatest exposure, such as the bathroom, kitchen, basement, garage, and outdoor circuits.
A GFCI should be used whenever operating electrically powered garden equipment (mower, hedge trimmer, edger, etc.). Consumers can obtain similar protection by using GFCIs with electric tools (drills, saws, sanders, etc.) for do-it-yourself work in and around the house.
Circuit breaker and receptacle-type GFCIs may be installed in your home by a qualified electrician. Receptacle-type GFCIs may be installed by knowledgeable consumers familiar with electrical wiring practices who also follow the instructions accompanying the device. When in doubt about the proper procedure, contact a qualified electrician. Do not attempt to install it yourself.
The portable GFCI requires no special knowledge or equipment to install.
TESTING THE GFCIs
All GFCIs should be tested once a month to make sure they are working properly and are protecting you from fatal shock. GFCIs should be tested after installation to make sure they are working properly and protecting the circuit.
To test the receptacle GFCI, first plug a nightlight or lamp into the outlet. The light should be on Then, press the "TEST" button on the GFCI. The GFCI's "RESET" button should pop out, and the light should go out.
If the "RESET" button pops out but the light does not go out, the GFCI has been improperly wired. Contact an electrician to correct the wiring errors.
If the "RESET" button does not pop out, the GFC1 is defective and should be replaced.
If the GFCI is functioning properly, and the lamp goes out, press the "RESET" button to restore power to the outlet.
GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection is a system that shuts down the protected electric circuit -- opens it -- when it senses an unexpected loss of power, presumably to ground. GFCI protection devices constantly monitor and compare the amount of power flowing from the panel on the hot or phase wire and the amount returning on the neutral wire. Any time the returning power drops even slightly below the amount being supplied, the protection device will trip and open the circuit.
GFCI devices work by passing both the hot wire and the neutral wire through a sensor such as a differential transformer and connecting the sensor to a solenoid or relay that opens switch contacts built into the power conductors inside the device -- in front of the transformer, of course. The schematic above (or in a larger version here) shows all of that.
You may have noticed that the working parts of a GFCI system don't include the circuit ground wire or the ground slot on a receptacle. That's because GFCIs are designed to protect us against a ground fault, which is an unintended loss of power to ground -- possibly through a person. The regular grounding system protects the equipment that is attached (or plugged in) to the circuit against a ground fault in it. GFCI devices are designed to protect people, not equipment.
When it is working properly, a GFCI device will open its protected circuit when the difference between the current coming in and the current going out reaches .005 ampere. That's 5 milliamp, an amount most of us can't even sense. Making sure it is working properly is the reason for testing it once a month.
Note: sometimes GFCI is called GFI.
When and where do you need Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter protection?
GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection should be provided for every receptacle outlet and motor connection in every location where someone might be and the environment might be wet, moist or damp. Yes, that means everywhere in a bathroom, all the countertop outlets in the kitchen, and within six feet of the sink in the wet bar. It also means everywhere outside and all of the electrical circuits associated with your swimming pool, spa, hot tub, or hydro-massage tub, even if these are indoors.
There are four more locations for GFCI that might not be as obvious: a boathouse, a garage, an unfinished basement and a crawl space. If you're trying to find the location of a GFCI that you suspect is responsible for a dead receptacle somewhere else, you should check in those places.
Knob and Tube Wiring
Many houses constructed pre 1950's have what is called knob and tube wiring. One can determine if you have this type of wiring in your home, by closely looking at basement or attic and looking up at the joist or down under the insulation in the attic rafters
To determine if your home is wired " knob and tube", look for ceramic knobs or tubes in which the wire gets attached to, or passes through, joists or studs. If the knob and tube wiring is not easily visible, you can usually tell by looking at your electrical outlets and switches. You may only have two prong outlets to plug into. Basically, no ground at each outlet or fixture outlet means knob and tube wiring is present, likewise if you have older pushbutton switches, this is also a good sign you may have knob and tube
Nowadays, Home owners with knob and tube wiring may find it difficult or impossible to obtain insurance on their home because most insurance companies are reluctant to insure a house they perceive as risky. Insurance companies usually require a certificate of inspection and compliance from a licensed electrician, that all knob and tube has been removed and replaced with modern 3 wire grounded circuits before it will insure a home that previously had knob and tube wiring. After the electrician rewires your home, they give you a satisfactory assessment of your home, and the insurance company will consider giving an insurance policy for your house.
Pacific, Algona Washington Electrical Contractor and Electricians - If you’re in need of some serious re-wiring, Hi Amp Electric will shock you back to normal.
Pacific, Algona electricians work hard to bring electricity to every
Pacific, Algona home and building. At the most basic level, we install wires, which carry electricity throughout the home or businesses. Our experts also repair electric machinery, fix or replace bad wiring, or install surveillance wiring.
Pacific, Algona electrical contractors are always employed as part of a new home or building. They are vital when preparing and implementing electrical blueprints. These blueprints typically include information on where wires will be routed, identify potential wiring problems or hazards, and highlight the location of electrical equipment and outlets. Hi Amp Electric can run conduit inside walls for wiring, install junction boxes on the walls to hold switches and outlets, and pull wires through the conduits to connect the boxes and create a circuit so the electricity can flow.
Our electrical experts can repair and install circuit breakers, transformers, and other equipment to control the flow of electricity. They are also responsible for verifying that the correct amount of electricity reaches machines and appliances in use. Following strict regulations for wiring in buildings is an essential part of an electrician's work.
Some of the common tools used by electrical contractors in Pacific, Algona include ohmmeters, voltmeters, and oscilloscopes, all of which measure the amount of electricity running through a circuit. When hiring a Pacific, Algona electrical contractor or electrician it is important to choose one who is licensed, accredited, and recommended. You don’t want your home subject to faulty wiring. Hi Amp Electric is a family owned business dedicated to your safety, not what is in your pocketbook. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured. Call Mike @ 888-278-3616
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