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Posted by Judie Langford on Oct 25, 2013 in Business Services

Electrical Safety 101

Every homeowner should take proper precautions for electrical safety in their home. Here are some easy tips to keep in mind when dealing with the electrical system of your home:

Basic Electrical Work: If you plan to perform basic electrical work in your home there are some common sense precautions you must take. First of all, electrical work in general should be handled by an electrician. It is unsafe to assume you can handle anything more complicated than a simple change such as changing a light switch or fixture. However anything further that you might attempt can lead to serious wiring issues including shock and fire.

The Danger of Life Wires: Many home owners make a serious mistake and do things such as changing a light bulb without turning off the light switch. Even more dangerous is attempting to do jobs such as installing new light fixtures without turning off the power of the HFD Series Circuit Breakers. Make sure you have turned off the proper switch on your circuit breaker before you try to do anything.

Updating your Safety: If you are planning to make any upgrades to your home consider making some electrical updates such as adding GFCI’s to cut power in case of ground fault as well as AFCI’s to detect arc faults and stop the chance of fires.

New Switches and Plugs: If you have old light switches and plugs that are loose allowing plugs to fall out easily you should consider replacing them as soon as possible. These are the types of situations that can cause issues including shock and fires.

Repeated Blown Fuses and/or Circuit Overloads: Depending on what kind of HFD Series Circuit Breakers you have if you are experiencing either blown fuses or circuit overloads there is probably an issue with the circuits wiring. You should call an electrician to come check out the situation in order to avoid the danger of fires.

Child Safety: It is important to practice electrical safety when you have children. Install safety plugs in both wall outlets and extension cords. Make sure you never leave appliances such as shavers, hair dryers and curling irons plugged in near sinks and tubs. Tell children to never use anything electrical in or near water so they are aware of the dangers, including wet floors and the operation of appliances.

Taking care of these issues and using common sense will help keep you, your family and your home from electrical accidents.

Depending on what kind of HFD Series Circuit Breakers you have if you are experiencing either blown fuses or circuit overloads there is probably an issue with the circuits wiring. Visit for more information.