Making Your Home Safe For A Visiting Electrician

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Electricians are necessary for keeping any home safe from serious electrical problems. And since they're working so hard to keep you and your family safe, you should do what you can to ensure their visit is smooth and safe for them. Performing the following steps to make your home comfortable for your electrical expert.

Inspect Your Cords

Start by inspecting all the power cords in your home. Check your cords for cuts and breaks in the insulation and for any severe frays that may cause physical wire damage. Immediately unplug any device with a frayed cord and consider replacing it soon.

Even if your cords aren't frayed, you should probably unplug them and move the devices away from the outlets, just in case your electrician needs to access any during his repair procedures. Speaking of outlets...

Move Furniture Away from Outlets

Try to move furniture and other items away from your outlets during your electrician's visit. This gives them easy access to the outlet and saves them repair time. It also speeds up the process and can even save you money.

You should also remove any outlet safety plugs during their visit, as they can be difficult to remove. In fact, some studies show that outlet safety plugs are potentially dangerous. Once you've moved your furniture away from your outlets, you can move on to the next step...

Remove Clutter Around Wires

Clutter is an incredible nuisance during an electrician's visit. It has a way of finding its way under their feet and getting in the way while they're working. Remove any clutter, such as toys, books, and DVDs into storage boxes until after they leave.

You should also try to clean up any dust or dirt around wires located in a rarely used basement or attic. A vacuum with a hose attachment should do the trick.

Double-Check Fuse Box

Although circuit breakers have generally replaced fuses, many homes still utilize fuse boxes. And if your home has one, you should double-check to make sure each fuse is in good shape, without cracks in the surface or any signs of burning.

Double-check fuse color to ensure you have the correct fuse in the correct spot. Most household fuses are blue and have 15 amps of power. However, kitchen circuits are often red, as they require 20 amps. Most fuse boxes should have a schematic explaining fuse positioning.

Follow these steps and your electrician will love you forever. And that'll make them more likely to visit you during serious emergency situations or for basic repair needs. It's basically a win-win for you both.

For more about this topic, reach out to a local electrician.

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