Home Electrical Safety: Are You Knowledgeable?


Why is the outlet in my bathroom different? Why does the bathroom outlet have a reset button? Why do I have to press the reset button when I use my hair dryer? Why am I not supposed to overload an extension cord? What is the difference between an outdoor and an indoor extension cord? Why are Christmas tree lights fire hazards? Why are space heaters potential fire hazards?

Do you feel confident that you know all there is to know about residential electrical systems? If you’re like most of our customers, your answer is “no” but for the sake of your family’s safety, it’s important to change that because what you don’t know can hurt you.

“Electrically-related home fires and incidents result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and more than a billion dollars in property damage each year. A healthy respect for electricity and a basic knowledge of electrical safety practices can help keep your home and family safe from electrical hazards all year long,” according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Home Electrical Inspections

Is your home electrically sound? Is it safe from electrical hazards or is it an electrical fire or an electrocution just waiting to happen? If you’re not confident in your home’s electrical system, it’s extremely important that you learn to identify potential hazards and that you do something about them before someone gets hurt.

As a bonus, if you make the necessary electrical upgrades, it can increase energy-efficiency and save on your electrical bill.

Do you need an electrical safety inspection? You should consider one if:

  • Your home was built 40 or more years ago.
  • The electrical system hasn’t been touched in 25 or more years.
  • You have increased your electrical demand by a lot in recent years.
  • You bought a home that was previously-owned (not brand-new).
  • You have done some major renovations on the home.
  • In the last 10 years, you’ve installed some major appliances.

Next: Should I Do My Own Electrical Work?

If you believe an electrical inspection may be in order, contact Lighting Bug Electric to have an Atlanta electrical contractor sent to your home!

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