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.
Aside from a major natural or man-made disaster, there aren’t many events that can cause as much business disruption as a prolonged power outage. If your company has ever suffered the devastating effects of the loss of electrical power, you may be seeking a solution that will limit losses and allow your business to continue running. A commercial standby generator installed by an experienced, reputable, and licensed electrical services company is the answer.
A commercial building’s electrical service capacity is primarily based upon the building’s wiring system capacity and any connected electrical equipment’s load calculations. The breaker or fuse box size can also provide an estimate of service capacity. An electric service upgrade may also include replacing the underground cables that are connected to service panels and meters.
A break in the low-resistance grounding path from a tool or electrical system will result in a ground-fault, and electrical current can instead take a path through the user to the ground. This unfortunate occurrence will result in either severe injuries or death.
A GFCI is a rapidly activated circuit breaker that can shut off electric power when there’s ground-fault in 1/40th of a second. It functions by measuring the amount of current traveling to and from equipment along the circuit conductors. If their amounts differ by about five milliamperes, the GFCI will interrupt the current.
If you suspect your older home’s electrical system is not up to code, it may be time for an electrical wiring upgrade. Unfortunately, upgrades are labor intensive and costly because wires are located behind walls, and they need to be accessed one way or another. The project may take from 5 days to 2 weeks with a bill of several thousand dollars. So, if your home will be undergoing extensive remodeling, it makes sense to have an electrical wiring upgrade done simultaneously to save time and money. Let’s discuss the benefits.
There are regions of the country that regularly experience power outages caused by natural events such as floods, blizzards, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Increasingly, homeowners are considering installing standby generators. Power outages are often hazardous and costly to affected residents. Standby generators, also known as permanent generators, help prevent such problems. Installed by licensed electricians, they provide electrical power to a house automatically during these outages.
On April 16, 2016, 15-year-old Carmen Johnson died from electrical shock drowning (ESD) as she swam in Smith Lake, Alabama. Weathered dock wiring conducted electric current into the water. Since the tragedy, Carmen’s parents, Carmen and Casey Johnson, have raised public awareness regarding ESD. Below are ESD prevention tips for those who use marinas or own a private dock.
Never allow swimming within 100 yards of a marina or dock that is using electrical power. Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) because ESD victims can be saved with the procedure.
When you need to add electrical wiring to your home, it’s best to leave this to a certified professional electrician. New wiring requires extreme caution and the proper tools and training.
When you begin to plan any type of make sure to plan ahead, so that you know exactly where the outlets, switches, and fixtures are going to be placed before you begin. This also allows you to check that your electrical professionals have the appropriate tools and plenty of the needed materials.