Everyone knows electricity can be dangerous but have you considered that some of the habits or actions you take could be putting your family at risk of an electrical fire or other hazard? Peterkin Electric has prepared the following guide of useful electrical tips and tricks to keep your loved ones safe.
Safety Tips for Lighting
Light bulbs are the single most common electrical fixture in homes and offices. Proper light bulb safety can keep them from becoming a common electrical hazard as well!
•Always use the correct type of bulbs for the fixture and always choose the appropriate wattage requirements. Using a higher wattage bulb than recommended can be a fire hazard as fixture can overheat.
•Consider switching existing light bulbs to more efficient compact fluorescent bulbs that provide the same level of illumination but at a lower wattage level. Contact Peterkin Electric to find out how much you could save by switching out your incandescent bulbs to higher efficient compact fluorescent bulbs or even LED light bulbs.
•Always screw bulbs in tightly as a loose fitting bulb can cause sparks or shorts.
•Be sure to turn off or better yet unplug a fixture completely before changing light bulbs.
Tripped Branch Breaker at Main Service Entrance Panel
•For your safety, Peterkin Electric strongly suggests against resetting a branch or main breaker. Each breaker in your panel has been designed to detect different types of faults and current and they will trip when those levels have been met or exceeded. When breakers trip, they are just doing their job and detecting an electrical problem. Please contact Peterkin Electric so that a qualified electrician can diagnose the problem and address the issues at hand. If a short is detected and you reset the breaker back to the on position, you are putting yourself at risk for potential injury caused by sparks.
Electrical Fire Safety Tips
When an electrical short or spark does happen, electrical fires can happen and spread quickly. It is necessary to understand what to do to prevent or put out an electrical fire to keep the damage and devastation at a minimum.
•Call 911 immediately in the case of electrical injury or fire.
•Do not touch anyone who is being shocked as the shock can spread to you through body contact.
•Refrain from putting water on an electrical fire. Instead use a dry fire extinguisher or baking soda.
•Never attempt electrical repairs or rewiring yourself. It is best to hire a professional electrician like Peterkin Electric that has proper certification and experience.
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