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Typical Home Electrical Codes for Safety

Standardized electrical codes from the NEC (National Electrical Code) are for the safety of homeowners and their families. We’ll discuss the typical codes applicable for new homes and remodels and those that would increase safety in older homes. Discuss how to comply with local codes as well with an experienced and licensed electrician.

Bathroom

More than one circuit is required because people will often have several items running simultaneously. A combination heater, light, and fan should be equipped with an individual 20-amp circuit. An appliance like a hair dryer will also require its own 20-amp circuit. A GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) for each circuit will be necessary for safety because of the presence of water.

Closet

Every closet will require a covered light fixture controlled by a wall switch. Dated fixtures with exposed bulbs are hazardous.

Garage (Attached)

At least one wall switch should operate a ceiling light, independent from the garage door opener light. A separate circuit should be installed, along with a minimum of one GFCI wall outlet. Exterior outlets require GFCI protection.

Hallway and Stairway

At each end of a hallway or stairway, a 3-way switch is required. Hallways longer than 10 feet should have a general purpose wall outlet. Full lighting is required for stairways for safety. Landings and turns may require additional lighting.

Kitchen

Every major appliance, including the dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, and garbage disposal will require a dedicated 240-volt circuit. Above the countertop, there should be a minimum of two circuits with outlets.

Laundry Room

The washer and dryer will require their own 20-amp circuit. A separate 240-volt circuit will be needed for an electric dryer.

Living, Dining, and Bed Room

Every room should have a wall switch next to its door to let people turn on the light when entering. Ceiling fixtures should be operated by a wall switch, rather than a pull chain that may detach or break. Wall receptacles will require installation within 12 feet of each other. A dedicated 20-amp circuit may be required to provide power to a window air conditioner, microwave, or entertainment center.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.

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Written by Larry Cook

Make Your Older Home Safer with ESFI Safety Tips – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, electrical fires occur in almost 48,000 homes every year, causing more than 1,500 deaths. Older homes with dated and deteriorated wiring are make their residents more vulnerable to electrical fires and shocks. Devices like an AFCI provide more protection. Part 2 will discuss GFCIs and TRRs. 

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Electrical Safety Basics for a Commercial Building

As found by a study of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), electrical fires are one of the five leading causes of fires in commercial buildings. In addition, fires that were started by electricity were responsible for more damage than other causes.

Business owners and commercial property owners should use education as a tool for protecting people and property. Imparting knowledge regarding best practices when electricity is being used is one of the most effective ways for improving electrical safety. An ongoing training program for employees or tenants can significantly reduce occurrences of electrical fires and save lives. 

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Written by Larry Cook

Child Proof Electrical Outlets for Play Time Safety

Raising a family with children in your home will require taking a few extra steps for safety.  One of them is protecting young kids from the dangers of electrical outlets. Fortunately, this is quite simple with the help of a licensed electrician. Child-proof outlets can be quickly installed by an experienced electrician in most homes.

Child Injury Data

Data gathered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found more than 2,000 children a year received emergency room treatment due to electrical receptacle incidents. That is an average of seven kids daily. More than 70% of these incidents happened at home, and they usually resulted from sticking household items like keys, paper clips, nails, and hairpins into outlets. The injuries were typically first or second degree burns, but some were much more serious. 

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How Important is Electrical for a Kitchen Remodel? – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, a kitchen remodel, electrical design and installation can not only improve the quality of everyday usage, but it can also increase your home’s resale value. Part 2 will discuss Kitchen Lighting, Electrical Circuits, and Contractors.

Kitchen Lighting

An excellent layout of switches and electrical lighting circuits can significantly raise the functionality and pleasure of using a new kitchen. In addition, it can help reduce energy use as well. Creating work areas will help you determine a plan for switches and lighting. One idea is a handful of recessed lights illuminating a work island.  Another design idea is track lighting for a counter dining area. One notion is installing one light over the sink connected to a dimmer switch.

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Updating an Older Home’s Electrical System – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, the increasing number of appliances and devices often overload the electrical systems of older houses, condominiums, and apartment buildings. This can lead to several problems that could have been prevented by updating their electrical panel and wiring. Part 2 will cover Update Symptoms, Upgrade Benefits, and Electrical Fires.

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Five Most Common Electrical Dangers at Home

Every holiday season typically brings more devices and appliances into your home. Nowadays, people are much more dependent on electricity to power both traditional and modern devices. Unfortunately, this generally increases electrical hazards. If you have an older home, your electrical needs in terms of the existing wiring may be over capacity and unsafe. An electrical safety inspection by a licensed electrical services company is a good idea to ensure the well-being of your family. The following are five common electrical dangers at home that you should keep in mind.

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The Bubble Cover for Outdoor Outlet

Many homeowners are unaware that the National Electrical Code (NEC) now requires that outlet covers in wet locations be weatherproofed. In the NEC 2008, Section 406.8(A) and (B) require receptacles installed in damp or wet locations to be weather-resistant. Meeting a specification like this requires expertise, and this is where an experienced licensed electrician will come in handy.

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Ten Common Electrical Wiring Issues – Part 2

Last time, we discussed the first 5 of 10 common electrical wiring issues: Flickering Lights, Outlet Shortage, Overlamping, Exposed Junction Boxes, and GFCIs Absent.

As mentioned previously, older homes have a greater probability of hazardous electrical problems, and a thorough property inspection should be performed by a licensed electrician.

The following are the second 5 of 10 issues.

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Dangers of Overloaded Electrical Circuits

We derive many benefits from the use of electricity. Unfortunately, electricity can also endanger our lives. Annually, the U.S. averages 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and property damage amounting to $1.3 billion attributed to 51,000 home electrical fires. An overloaded electrical circuit is the most common occurrence, so we’ll focus on its prevention here.

Electrical Basics

A wire heats up when electricity flows through because of its resistance to the electrical current. Two factors determine the amount of heat a wire generates:

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