Electrical Safety: Ground Fault Circuit Interruptor

Electrical Safety: Ground Fault Circuit Interruptor

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety and shock prevention tips with a special focus on the life-saving device, Ground Fault Circuit Interruptor, and why it’s important that your home should have these devices in every area of your home where water is nearby. Information on older homes and home inspections when you’re looking to buy a home is offered so you can know how to proceed concerning the electrical safety of the home’s electrical system to help prevent electrical shock. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart with GFCI outlets installed! 

Special Thanks to ESFI and to HomeInspectionChannel.com for the video, What is a GFCI outlet? 

Electrical Safety: For the Older Home

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with special focus on older homes and what you can do to reduce the risk of electrical fire in connection with older electrical systems. Tips include what upgrades you can make and how often to replace electrical components to help reduce the risk of fire. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as the owner of an older home!

Special Thanks to Generation 3 Electric for the video, 4 Tips to Keep Your Older Homes Safe from Common Electrical Problems. 

Electrical Safety: Inspections on Boat Docks

 

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares an electrical safety word regarding the electrical hazards associated with boat docks, electrical systems and the need for electrical inspections to assure the safety of all using those docks, including swimmers. Discussed are the issues of Electric Shock Drowning related deaths due to electrical hazards present from the electrical systems on the boat docks and the lack of electrical inspections being done to provide safety for swimmers. Especially focused is the issue of ungrounded systems and the financial issues prohibiting electrical inspections and how homeowners can initiate electrical inspections on their boat docks. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart if you are a boat dock/residential owner or the owner of a public boat dock to help save lives!

Special Thanks to ConnectMidMissouri.com and to Meghan Lane of KROG13 Live for the article and video reporting, Dock Dangers: Dock Inspection Uneven. 

Electrical Safety: Permits and Your Protection

 

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety information regarding permits and when they may be required, depending on what type of work is being done, whether commercially or residentially. Discussed are the different types of permits issued for different jobs, modification described, and the different types of trade permits you may need to have issued. Permits are for your protection, whether on a construction site or in your home when necessary. Always be sure to follow the rules in your city when having work done. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner or business owner!

Special Thanks to ContractorsInsurance.org and to Devin for the article, Do You Have the Proper Permit? 

 

Electrical Safety: A Summer Celebration

 

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips for summertime celebrations, both large and small, whether a family and friend’s event or a more public venue. Stated are electrical requirements depending on any equipment you may need to use. Also mentioned are safety tips around power lines when setting up for your event as well as proper use of generators if needed and proper use of extension cords, such as type and placement. We can all enjoy summertime events and be safe when we take the time to plan well with electrical safety in mind. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as you plan your next summertime event! 

Special Thanks to Newswire.ca and to Electrical Safety Authority for the article, Put Safety First At Your Summer Celebration. 

Electrical Safety: The Dangers of DIY!

 

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares an electrical safety word of caution concerning folks who attempt to do DIY with electrical work, whether for a small job or a larger renovation. This cautionary word explains the dangers inherent when attempting a job that involves electricity. Shared is the importance of hiring a licensed electrician, pulling permits and getting inspection to keep your home, you and your family safe. Also included you can maintain your home’s electrical system to keep it in good working order as well as warning signs when a repair may be needed. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner!

Special Thanks to News.Nationalpost.com and to Mike Holmes of Holmes Makes It Right, for the article, Mike Holmes: Futzing with your home’s electrical repairs will come back to burn you.  

Bill’s POV: The Importance of Permits for Electrical Safety

 

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares an electrical safety word concerning the importance of permits for electrical (and other) work done on your home, depending on what is required by your local building department. Although this resource is focused on a specific county in Ohio, this issue of permits can touch all homeowners no matter where you live. When you work with a contractor, sometimes you have to do the research yourself to determine if a permit is needed for the work you want done in your home so that if it is required, you can get a qualified electrician, etc, to do the work right in the first place. This helps protect you and your home from the possibility of shoddy work being done, which can lead to dangerous circumstances, including the possibility of fire and fatality concerning electrical work.

Bill’s response addressing this permit issue: “This has not always been the case, but, at this point in time, in the state of Texas, most municipalities require that if any new wiring such as conductors, cable assembly, etc, meaning, if you add plugs, lights or switches, and if it’s over 30 volts, require that a permit be issued and the work be inspected.” 

He continues: “Sometimes a homeowner doesn’t want a permit issued because they don’t want a city inspector telling them they have to upgrade certain items in their home. Or they do not want the project to take longer, especially on a remodeling job where multiple inspections are required. It is still in the best interest of the homeowner to have a permit issued when it is required.”

Bill also says that getting a permit issued does cost more because of the extra time involved by the contractor to obtain the permit and to meet with the inspector to go over the work that was done. However, it is still in the homeowner’s best interest to have a permit issued and electrical inspections done for their safety. 

Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner and stay protected when having work done in your home!

Special Thanks to RecordPub.com, to Mike Sever, and to Randall Roberts, Chief Building Official of Portage County, Ohio, for the article, Portage County Building Officials Remind Homeowners to Get Permits for Work.

Electrical Safety: Proper Power Use

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Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips to help with prevention of fires with an emphasis on the type of wires being used and whether or not the circuits are meant to hold the amount of power you are attempting to use. The reasons of this being a fire hazard are expalined as well as tips on proper use of power strips, space heaters and extension cords as well as how to prevent circuit overload. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart in how you use electricity in your home to prevent fires!

Special Thanks to localnews8.com, to Dennis Valera and to NPG of Idaho for this video, Pocatello Fire Department Shares Electrical Fire Safety Tips.

 

Electrical Safety: Renovation Risks and How to Avoid Them

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares some electrical safety tips in regards to any electrical renovations you want to do in your home, whether in the kitchen, bedrooms or entertainment centers, indoors and outdoors. Tips include different types of electrical products and how to avoid electrical fires by using the right one, whether outlets, ceiling fans or lights. Avoid fire hazards in your home whenever making electrical renovations and, as recommended, hire a licensed electrical contractor! Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner! 

Special Thanks to the Electrical Safety Authority and to Steve Smith, General Manager for Central Region as well as Abdul Mirza for the video, Electrical Safety Hazards at Home. 

Electrical Safety: Does Your Home Need a Panel Upgrade?

 

 

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety information in regards to the electrical panel box that controls the electrical system in your home and whether or not your home is in need of an electrical upgrade. This information explains what an electrical panel is, what it contains and how it works. It also discusses signs inside your electrical panel box that show when you may need an upgrade as well as other electrical safety components, such as AFCIs and GFCIs. Also discussed is who should install your electrical panel so you can be safest in your home, thus reducing the initiation of fire and other electrical hazards that can occur when the capacity of your electrical panel is just not enough. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner with your home’s electrical system! 

Special Thanks to Myfoxaustin.com, to Networx.com and to NFPA for the article, Electrical panel upgrade–when and why.