Tips for preventing electrical problems

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It’s comforting to know that an electrician in San Luis Obispo is only a phone call away. The local company, Electricraft, Inc. is available for any kind of electrical work, including new wiring and troubleshooting problems. The company’s service goes beyond fixing problems at your home or business to helping you avoid problems in the first place.
The electricians from Electricraft have identified the top items that anyone can check to prevent electrical problems:

  1. Watch those extension cords! Minimize the use of extension cords. When you must use them, make sure they are the correct cord for the job. The extension cord you use for your bedroom lamp is not the same as a heavy-duty cord required for operating power tools. Make sure the insulation is free from cracks, tears, and abrasions before use. Store cords wound on a reel to avoid pinching and cracking the insulation and wire. Don’t use household extension cords outside and when using the properly graded cord for outside use, make sure it is out of the way of foot and vehicle traffic. Heavy-duty cord covers can be used on job sites to help protect the cords and workers.
  2. Uncle Bob might say he can save you some money by adding some wiring to your home office, but unless he is a licensed electrician, you may want to politely decline the offer. Hiring a properly trained and licensed San Luis Obispo electrician makes sure new wiring is completed to building codes, and that any electrical wire dismantling is completed to safety codes.
  3. When remodeling a building, or making major repairs, conduct a thorough check for electric wires before cutting through any wall, floor or ceiling. A tool accidentally coming in contact with an electrical line can shock or electrocute the tool operator as well as cause a fire.
  4. Inspect cords to appliances and power tools on a regular basis. Repair any damage to cords, plugs, and connectors before using the tool or appliance again. Pay attention when operating appliances and tools, stop use and disconnect at the first sign of overheating, smoke, or a burning smell.
  5. Use the right outlet for the right cord. If you are not sure that your home or business has the outlets that are required by electrical codes, make an appointment for an inspection by a licensed electrician.
  6. Check insulated tools for damage to be sure the insulation layer is not cracked or cut. If the tool is no longer effectively insulated it can conduct electricity and be dangerous to use. If the insulated covering is damaged, replace the tool with a new one.
  7. Never modify any electrical plug in any way. Plugs are manufactured to match the appropriate outlets and any modification increases the risk of shock, electrocution, and fire.
  8. Make sure electrical components stay dry. Electricity and water don’t mix. Cover outdoor receptacles. Store power cables and electrical tools in safe dry places. If there is water or storm damage to walls, roofs, ceilings or floors, turn of the power to the building can get an electrical inspection as soon as possible.
  9. Have your property inspected on a regular basis.

Electricraft wishes the best of health and safety for everyone. These tips will help families, workers, and property owners avoid many of the hazards associated with faulty electrical wiring and power tools.

If any electrical problems are observed or suspected, immediately disconnect the offending tool or appliance, or turn off the power to the building. If there are sparks, smoke or flames, call 911 and get everyone out of the building.

Call Electricraft as soon as possible to inspect and repair any electrical issues.