Electrician, Electrical services, wiring
Written by Larry Cook

Make Your Older Home Safer with ESFI Safety Tips – Part 1

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) statistics found there are almost 48,000 home electrical fires annually. As a result, more than 450 deaths, 1,500 people injured, and property damages amounting $1.5 billion occur every year.

Numerous electrical fires occur in homes constructed prior to 1970, which number more than 50% of the country’s housing. These older homes were built before the invention of many appliances and electronic devices that are now common. Nowadays, a typical home contains more TV sets than residents. This ever-growing need for electricity increases the risk of overloading the electrical system of an older home and the chances of electrical shock and fires. 

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electrician, electrical services,
Written by Larry Cook

Electrical Fire Dangers Caused by Arc Faults

Arc faults are a dangerous electrical problem in American homes. In the U.S., more than 50% of the nearly 51,000 electrical fires are attributable to arc faults. Arc faults are caused when appliances, electrical devices, and electrical wiring undergo damage, overheating, or stress. Typically, arc faults are caused by aging electrical wires that are frayed or cracked, overloaded circuits or outlets, or wires punctured by a nail or screw. 

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Commercial ,Home,Electrician ,Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Updating an Older Home’s Electrical System – Part 1

Nowadays, the growing 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 electrical panels and wiring.

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Electrical services, electrician, Annapolis
Written by Larry Cook

Checking Your Home’s Outdoor Electrical Safety

One of the most respected non-profit organizations around the world, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace. They have drafted a very helpful booklet that guides homeowners in checking the electrical safety of their outdoor spaces. The following is a summary of the information provided. Consult with an experienced licensed electrician regarding performing a safety audit of your entire home for the best results.

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electrical safety, electrician
Written by Larry Cook

Electrical Fire Prevention for Your Home

As noted by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more than 25,000 electrical fires in the U.S. are reported every year, and they cause injury or death to at least 1,300 people. What may not be commonly known is that home electrical fires cause more monetary losses than non-electrical fires. Fortunately, electrical fires can be prevented by common sense methods as discussed below.

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safety,electrical services,contractor,electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Key Changes to the 2017 NEC Code – Part 1

The National Electrical Code (NEC), also known as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 70), is the standard for the safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in the United States. The 2017 edition of NFPA 70 puts more emphasis on new technologies and worker safety. The following summarizes the first six of twelve critical updates that contractors must be aware of for their new projects.

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electrical safety, home and office
Written by Larry Cook

May Is National Electrical Safety Month

Although it plays a large role in our modern existence, we take for granted how much convenience electricity brings to our everyday lives. People also forget how the use of electrical devices can lead to fire-related hazards. This is the reason why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) supports National Electrical Safety Month every May. Sponsored by Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), this annual campaign works nationwide to raise awareness regarding home electrical hazards and electrical fire safety.

NFPA statistics note that American fire departments reported more than 48,000 home structure fires that were started by electrical problems in 2015. These fires caused 455 deaths, injuries to about 1,500 people, and estimated property damages of $1.5 billion. About 50% of these fires were attributed to electrical distribution or lighting equipment.

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electricians,wirings, electrical contractor
Written by Larry Cook

Modern Bathroom Electrical Wiring Needs

The increased electrical demands of modern bathrooms, along with their damp environments, must be considered together. The following will discuss the proper wiring for your bath in relation to ventilation, lighting, outlets, and circuits. Before you proceed with any project involving wiring, make sure to consult with a licensed and trusted electrician to get the best electrical results for your bathroom.

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Commercial ,Home,Electrician ,Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Why a Winter Electrical Home Inspection is Important

During the holidays, both kids and adults will be unwrapping presents and receiving all sorts of new devices to plug in and try out. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) found that the significant growth in the number of electrical products and their usage in winter increase the likelihood of electrical fires, injuries, and deaths. Winter has more occurrences of home fires than any other season, so it’s critical to make sure your family is safe during the holidays with an electrical home inspection if one is overdue.

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Commercial ,Home,Electrician ,Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Electrical Safety Inspections

Electrical safety inspections should take place for the following reasons:

  • When you are purchasing a new home,
  • When your home is 40 years or older to be sure the wiring is still safe,
  • When you add a new appliance to make sure it is compatible with your home wiring, and
  • When you have done a renovation to your home to be sure that the wiring meets local standards.

Any time you need to have an electrical inspection, it must be conducted by a licensed electrician.

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