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Electrical Safety 101

Electricity has become an integral parts of our daily lives. So much so that we don’t realize how dependent we’ve become until the power goes out on a stormy night. Just think about all the devices you use on a regular basis that need electricity to function properly — from your phone and its charger, to the television and internet, and even your oven and other kitchen appliances.

According to the American Burn Association, more than 4,400 people are injured each year because of electrical hazards. With that in mind, the expert electricians at John Nugent & Sons have come up with some tips to keep you safe and aware of your surroundings.

Common Electrical Accidents

Taking a look at some of the most common causes of electrical accidents can help you recognize a dangerous situation before it becomes deadly.

Damaged electrical cords or plugs

Never—and we repeat, NEVER—use a cord or plug with visible damage such as evidence of burning or melting. If the insulation is damaged or the cord has become loose from the plug, replace it. Attempting to repair the damage with electrical tape will not make the cord less prone to an electrical accident.

Overloading outlets with too many devices

Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggy back” extra appliances on extension cords. Piggy back wiring involves plugging a device into an outlet that is already plugged into another outlet. For multiple devices, use outlets or power strips used to equipped to handle more.

Misuse of fixtures

Lamps specify bulb wattage for a reason. For example, using a 100-watt bulb in a fixture that calls for a 60-watt bulb can result in melted wires or, in extreme cases, a house fire.

Wet areas

GFCI outlets are required in all bathrooms, kitchens, and other potentially wet areas in and around the home. GFCIs protect against shock or fire from an electrical current reaching water, faulty appliance and tool wiring, and other ground-fault hazards.

Electrical Services in Northern Virginia

If you’re facing an electrical problem, the electricians at John Nugent & Sons can solve it! We’ll diagnose the problem and perform the electrical repair as quickly as possible so you can have your home back to normal. Don’t put up with damaged outlets that could be unsafe; give us a call for electrical services in McLean, Arlington, Vienna, or anywhere in Northern Virginia and we’ll get them fixed! Give us a call today at 703-291-1926 or contact us online!

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