Electrical Safety: Outlets for Your Protection

Electrical Safety: Outlets for Your Protection

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety, shock and fire prevention tips with a special focus on specific outlets that provide special protection to keep you safe in your home. Tips include the description of GFCIs and AFCIs  and how they work and what they do to protect you very specifically. Also included are links for more information about these devices so you can be in the know about how your home’s electrical system can work on your behalf to keep you safe. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart with the outlets in your home! 

Special Thanks to Community.NFPA.org, to NFPA, to ESFI, and to Lisa Marie Sinatra for the article, The ABCs of AFCIs and GFCIs: Your Protection from Home Electrocution. 

Electrical Safety: How to Protect Your Home

Electrical Safety: How to Protect Your Home

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety, fire prevention and shock prevention tips with a special focus on electrical hazards that may be present and how to properly use the electrical components in your home to avoid shock and fire. Tips include proper appliance use, the protection AFCIs and GFCIs provide, electrical cord safety, and specific electrical hazards to look out for with breakers, light switches, outlets, appliances and lights. Awareness of your home’s electrical system and its components can help you stay educated and safe by implementing action steps to prevent electrical shock and fire. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart in your home!

Special Thanks to TheDailyNewsonline.com, to City of Batavia Fire Department and Fire Chief, Stefano Napolitano, and to NFPA and ESFI for the article, Batavia Firefighters Offer Electrical Safety Tips. 

Electrical Safety: Fire Risks to Avoid

Electrical Safety: Fire Risks to Avoid

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety and fire prevention tips with a special focus on fire hazards you may not consider in your home and what you can do to protect yourself from those hidden hazards. Tips include the use of Arc Fault Circuit Interruptors, electrical cord safety, Outlet hazards and how to know when they need replacing, plus whole house electrical systems that may be a fire trigger due to age and type. Be proactive in bringing your home to a more protected place to help prevent fires. It could save you life! Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner! 

Special Thanks to TheDay.com and to Day Marketing for the article, Sawdust, Loose outlets and other hidden fire risks. 

Electrical Safety: Fire Hazards in Older Home Wiring

Electrical Safety: Fire Hazards in Older Home Wiring

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety and fire prevention tips with a special focus on older wiring in homes and the potential there is for arcing and sparking of fires. Tips include having your home’s electrical system inspected by a licensed electrician and having the wiring replaced if needed. Also discussed are the hazards associated with damaged wiring in walls, under furniture, etc, that can lead to fires. The benefits of Arc Fault Circuit Interruptors are explained concerning protecting your home from these electrical hazards. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner especially if your home has older wiring! 

Our condolences to the family effected by the house fire whose family member passed away featured in this video. 

Special Thanks to National Fire Protection Association and State Farm Insurance as well as the other authorities who share these tips on this video, Hidden Electrical Hazards, P 1. 

Electrical Safety: Home and Work Hazards to Avoid

Electrical Safety: Home and Work Hazards to Avoid

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety, fire and shock prevention tips with a special focus on electrical hazards both on the job and in the home and what you can do to avoid them. Included are electrical hazards and injury/fatality statistics with many examples of what could have been avoided. Proper purchase, usage and maintenance of work and home power tools and electrical wiring, the protections GFCIs and AFCIs provide in the home and on the job, and how to avoid power lines both above and below ground. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart both at work and at home by avoiding electrical hazards!

Special Thanks to Click Safety Training, to Pete Rice, CSP and CIH, and to ESFI for the video, How to Avoid Electrical Hazards. 

Electrical Safety: Home Hazards to Avoid

Electrical Safety: Home Hazards to Avoid

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety, shock and fire prevention tips with a special focus on home hazards and what you can do to avoid them and stay safe. Tips include the benefits of GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interruptors) and AFCIs (Arc Fault Circuit Interruptors), proper use of electrical outlets, extension cords, and breaker box basics. Tips include ways to avoid initiating fires and hazards that cause them as well as what damage to look for with electrical components that could cause electrical shock. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner. 

Special Thanks to FastMed Urgent Care and Jay Baker for the video, Healthy Home-Preventing Electrical Fires. 

Electrical Safety: Fire Hazards in the Home

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Electrical Safety: Fire Hazards in the Home

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety and fire prevention tips with a special focus on fire starters in the home and how you can prevent fires from happening in the first place. Included are electrical fire statistics and some of the main causes of fires in the home. Tips include cooking guidelines to help prevent fires, electrical hazards to look for with outlets, lighting, fuses, appliances and extension cords and the importance of smoke detectors. Arc Fault Circuit Interruptors (AFCIs) are also explained with their benefits. Educate yourself on how you can help prevent fires in your home. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner!

Special Thanks to HeraldExtra.com and to NFPA for the article, Fire Safety Reminders to protect home, family. 

Electrical Safety: Proper Usage Can Help Protect

 

Fire Hazard with Loose Connection in Outlet

Fire Hazard with Loose Connection in Outlet

Electrical Safety: Proper Usage Can Help Protect

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on fire prevention in the home. Included are electrical fire statistics and tips to help prevent overload with can lead to electrical fires with outlets, extension cords, improper appliance use and other electrical activity. Also included are benefits of Arc Fault Circuit Interruptors (AFCIs), Ground Fault Circuit Interruptors (GFCIs) and Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR) for protection and safety from electrical shock and fire. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart in your home to help prevent fires!

Special Thanks to NJ.com, to Patrick Villanova of The Jersey Journal, to PSEG and NFPA for the article, 10 Tips for preventing electrical fires. 

Electrical Safety: Outlet Information for Your Protection

Electrical Safety: Outlet Information for Your Protection

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips and information with a special focus on the different kinds of outlets available and how they protect you in your home. Discussed are Ground Fault Circuit Interruptors (GFCIs), Arc Fault Circuit Interruptors (AFCIs) and Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) and the imperative protection each of them provide. Whether you’re trying to protect children from shock in connection with playing with an outlet or preventing fires, installation of these outlets can bring the protection you need when installed by a qualified, licensed electrician. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner and be sure your family and home is protected from fire and shock! 

Special Thanks to ESFI for the video, ESFI: Outlets, The Ins and Outs – Do You Need to Upgrade? 

Bill’s POV: The Value of AFCIs

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Aged Standard Outlet (Image Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC)

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Closer view of Standard outlet aged and melted (Image Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC

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Close up of wires in aged Standard Outlet (Image Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC

Bill’s POV: The Value of AFCIs

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips and information on the Value of Arc Fault Circuit Interruptors for prevention of fire and images of a standard aged outlet preparing to begin a fire!

Bill has a word of warning and caution concerning this standard electrical outlet and how you can help prevent fires in your home with AFCIs:

“The standard outlet in the images above shows a perfect example of insulation and conductor deterioration due to an overload on the conductors as well as age. This is either from use at a particular receptacle itself, or in this case, where you see all four conductors, 2 of them feeding into the device, two of them feeding out of the device to other devices, due to a heavier load from other devices down line, which is more than this device was designed to carry.

Note that these conductors are plugged into the back of the device rather than secured around the screws, which would give you a much larger point of contact and a much safer installation when using the device as a feed through.

Most homes are wired in this inferior manner as shown in the images above, with wires plugged into the device rather than wrapped around the screws. If there were Arc Fault Circuit Interruptor Circuit breakers installed on this circuit, the breaker would have tripped, disconnecting power to the circuit and thus, preventing a fire, which, had this condition gone on much longer, would have resulted in a fire.

This fire would have started with the melting and incineration of the plastic receptacle, the plastic box, the plastic insulation on the wires, the paper of the fiberglass insulation, the paper on the drywall and with the wood itself.

Once the outlet starts burning, then the fire spreads very quickly.

Note that the neutral wires (the whites with negative polarity) are where the majority of the melted insulation is. Standard Circuit Breakers only protect the black wires carrying the positive polarity.

AFCIs protect and MONITOR the positive and negative polarity, both black and white conductors, insuring a much safer installation with total overload protection when sized and installed properly.

AFCI breakers are the single greatest electrical safety device since the GFCI came out many years ago. Today, under the 2014 National Electrical Code, almost every circuit in the house is required to be protected by an AFCI breaker.”

Stay Electrically Safe and Smart with AFCIs to help prevent fires in your home!

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