Electrical Safety Practices Are a Must! This coming May is National Electric Safety Month, and what better way to celebrate than for homeowners to boost electrical safety measures in their homes! Of course, homeowners should take electrical safety precautions every month, but May is a great time to kick things off for those with little prior experience. Electrical safety is essential, as there are many sources of electricity within homes that can pose safety hazards. If not properly addressed, these can result in severe injuries and potentially even fatalities! Homeowners should know the types of safety appliances they can use, as well as how to identify problems and protect against surges in their electrical systems. Electrical Safety Appliances Electrical safety appliances are extremely important, as these devices can protect against fires or electrocution. There are several electrical devices that homeowners should be sure to install: Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) – these protect against electrical malfunctions and fires Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) – these protect against electrical shock Surge protection devices – these protect against surges that can impact the entire electrical system/devices and can improve system longevity Tamper-resistant receptacles (TRRs) – great for homes with young children; these prevent foreign objects from being inserted into the outlets Other devices like fuses and carbon monoxide/smoke alarms are also extremely helpful. Installing these safety appliances is non-negotiable, as they can drastically reduce the risk of electrical injuries and accidents.   Ways To Identify Overloaded Electrical Systems Homeowners should be on the lookout for overloaded circuit breakers, as these occur when too much electricity is used relative to what a circuit can safely handle. This can often occur if there are too many appliances running simultaneously or multiple sources use the same wall outlet (as is the case when using extension cords). Some common signs of overloaded electrical systems include: Blown fuses (frequent) Burning smells near wall switches Cracking or buzzing sounds from outlets Hot or discolored wall plates Malfunctioning light bulbs Mild shocks when touching appliances, outlets, or switches If homeowners notice any of the signs above, they should immediately reduce electricity usage and, if necessary, call for professional help.  Protecting Against Surges Surge protection is vital, as surges can heavily impact homes, in addition to putting homeowners at risk. Depending on the strength of the electrical surge, this can lead to: Blown out fuses Damage to older connections and wiring Damage to household appliances Greater risk of electrical fires Power loss in outlets and switches One option is to install surge protective devices, which limit transient voltage to guard against surges. An even better option is to have whole home surge protectors installed directly onto the electrical panel or outside meter. They protect homes by grounding excess power any time a large spike is detected. These require professional installation and are most certainly worth the investment.  About Beltz Home Service Co. Beltz Home Service Co. of Findlay, OH is a veteran-owned and operated company providing full-service electrical, plumbing, heating, and AC services for over 20 years. Their team of trusted technicians delivers top-quality service with ethical and honest solutions for their customers. Call them for help with any electrical service needs today! +++ Distribution Links + lifestyle.us983.com panhandle.newschannelnebraska.com midplains.newschannelnebraska.com wrde.com metro.newschannelnebraska.com lifestyle.1045thedan.com wboc.com wicz.com snntv.com ktvn.com rfdtv.com htv10.tv central.newschannelnebraska.com southeast.newschannelnebraska.com northeast.newschannelnebraska.com plattevalley.newschannelnebraska.com rivercountry.newschannelnebraska.com wpgxfox28.com lifestyle.mykmlk.com wtnzfox43.com lifestyle.3wzfm.com lifestyle.bigtalkerradio.com lifestyle.rewindmymusic.com lifestyle.koltcountry.com lifestyle.967thewolf.net lifestyle.southernsportstoday.com lifestyle.thepodcastpark.com lifestyle.680thefan.com lifestyle.xtra1063.com lifestyle.953hlf.com lifestyle.rewind1019.com lifestyle.countrylegends1059.com lifestyle.967wshv.com

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