Are Sparking Outlets Dangerous?

 

You’ve probably seen it plenty of times — a small blue spark when you plug in an appliance. Most of the time, this is a normal and harmless event. But it’s worth paying attention to, because some sparks can be early warning signs of dangerous problems.

Why Do Outlets Spark?

Your home’s electrical system is divided into circuits, and some circuits may have multiple outlets along the way. Electrical current runs hot and fast in this continuous loop, and the outlet is the point where an appliance can “hop on”. When this happens, there’s always a split second when the plug and outlet connections are almost touching, and the electrical current can reach across that gap, producing a spark.

Whether you see it or not, this happens every time you plug something in, and it’s completely safe and normal. But there are other types of sparking that are cause for alarm.

What Makes a Bad Spark?

There are four types of outlet sparks that you shouldn’t ignore:

  • Long sparks: A safe spark will come and go in a flash, but one that fizzles and lingers is a sure sign of a problem.
  • Big sparks: If sparks are leaping out of the holes in the outlet cover, chances are they’re not the harmless type.
  • Yellow or white sparks: The benign sparks you see when plugging in an appliance are usually visibly blue.
  • Smelly sparks: If an outlet spark is followed by the smell of smoke or melting plastic, you may have an immediate problem and should immediately shut off the outlet at the circuit panel.

What Causes These Problems?

There are a few reasons why dangerous sparking can occur:

  • Short circuiting: If an outlet’s hot wire is touching its neutral or ground wire, it can cause a short circuit. When this happens, the outlet draws excessive current and produces significant heat, which can melt wire sheaths and even cause a fire. You can shut off the outlet’s circuit breaker and remove the outlet plate to check for visible signs of scorching or melting that would indicate a short circuit.
  • Moisture: There may be a leak within your walls, or perhaps water has splashed in through the outlet cover. But if you have moisture in there, there’s potential for sparking caused by short circuits and other electrical damage.
  • Overloading: The more appliances and devices you have plugged into a single outlet, the greater the potential for sparking. Spread your appliances out responsibly across outlets and circuits.
  • Old outlets: With repeated use over time, the electrical contact points inside your outlets can wear out. In cases of extreme wear, this can result in significant electrical arcing.
  • Improper repairs: If you see sparking in an outlet that was installed or repaired by someone who lacks the required licensing and certifications, you should have the work inspected by a licensed electrician.

Are you Worried About Damage Caused by Sparking Outlets? Contact Fab Electric for a Professional Inspection

Are you seeing troublesome sparking in one or more of the outlets in your home? Unless you’re sure it’s the result of safe, ordinary use, reach out to Fab Electric for a thorough inspection and on-the-spot repairs. At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely in your home and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

 

 

 

Malfunctioning Appliances Can Cause Electrical Damage

 

When one of your appliances starts showing signs of disrepair, you might think the trouble is confined to that appliance only. But that’s not necessarily true — there are some ways in which a faulty appliance can send surges of electricity into your home’s electrical system, and the resulting damage can range from a tiny bit of wear and tear on other appliances to a destructive electrical fire.

With these consequences in mind, it’s important to discontinue use of an appliance if you suspect there’s a real problem. Seek out a repair professional who can fix the underlying issue and give you the all-clear to plug it in again.

What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

When a fizzling appliance sends a significant burst of electricity into your electrical system, your circuit breaker should trip. If you weren’t expecting this, a tripped circuit breaker may be your earliest sign that something is wrong.

It’s also an important safety mechanism designed to prevent further electrical damage, so you shouldn’t just flip the breaker back on while ignoring the root cause. Doing so will only create more opportunities for electrical damage.

Even with the protection of your circuit breakers, malfunctioning appliances can potentially cause you problems in three ways: surge damage, physical damage and fire damage.

Surge Damage

Chances are that you use a surge protector in conjunction with your home computer, and possibly with your television and other home theater electronics. Perhaps you even have whole-home surge protection installed. This technology protects sensitive microprocessors that can be easily damaged by power surges, which can originate with lightning strikes or power outages.

But surges can also take place internally, and this happens every day — appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators typically use an excess of energy when they initially switch on, sending small surges of power to other appliances on shared circuits. Faulty appliances can sometimes send much larger surges.

When this happens, certain electronics can receive permanent damage in an instant. They may also experience even more damage over time from smaller surges, which can reduce device lifespan.

Physical Damage

Large surges can literally burn some electrical components, such as the delicate connectors in light switches and electrical outlets. When these components are replaced after this type of damage, you can often see the telltale scorch marks and melted plastic.

It takes only a fraction of a second for a flash like this to render a switch or outlet inoperable, and damage can occur even if your circuit breaker trips. You should always consult a licensed electrician, such as Fab Electric, to help you replace damaged components and track down the source of the surge.

Fire Damage

In the worst-case scenario, a malfunctioning appliance will cause an electrical short that sparks a fire. These may be tiny fires that flare out on their own inside metal appliances, but depending on where they occur, they can ignite insulation, wallpaper, curtains, or other materials that may allow them to spread quickly. This is why it’s so important to address appliance failures at the earliest signs of malfunction.

Are you worried about damage caused to your home electrical system by faulty appliances? Contact Fab Electric for a Professional Inspection

The best way to prevent an electrical emergency due to faulty appliances is to have your system professionally inspected. At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely in your home and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

How to Winter-Proof Your Home Electric

 

Winter time should be reserved for building snowmen, baking cookies, and enjoying all the season has to offer — not worrying about electric emergencies and heating hazards. Luckily, there are things you can do to safety-proof your home electric for winter months.

Prevent Fire Hazards

According to the Electric Safety Foundation, more home fires occur during the winter months than during any other part of the year. Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. These fire result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage.

Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home in cold weather, but they also increase the risk of fire and electric shock if not used properly. If you plan to use a space heater, purchase a model that shuts off to avoid overheating. Never run your space heater when you aren’t at home, and don’t run it overnight.

Have a Backup Power Plan

Portable generators are commonly used in the winter as a result of storm-induced power outages. But this safety fact might startle you: The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that 50% of all portable generator-related carbon monoxide deaths occur during the winter months (November – February).

A standby generator can safely deliver backup power to your entire home. A portable generator can overload, damaging your expensive electrical equipment. In general, a standby generator can provide enough electricity to resume all normal home functions. It’s important to note that any propane generator runs the risk of engine exhaust and carbon monoxide poisoning. That’s why you should always keep generators outside in a dry, safe, and well-ventilated area.

Another investment consideration is a whole house surge protector to prevent your sensitive devices from downed power line or other electric surge-inducing events. The power surge protector attaches to your home’s main electric panel. This heavy duty surge protector redirects excess electricity to the ground, sparing your appliances and electronics from damage.

Be Winter Storm Savvy

Winter storms can also lead to serious hazards such as downed power lines and flooding. Learn how to spot hazards and educate your family on safety during storms. High winds, lightning, fallen trees and car accidents during a storm could cause a power line to fall down. Downed power lines are considered live and dangerous. If you see one, locate local authorities immediately.

If your property or a portion of it is hit by a hard storm, the electric aftermath can be downright dangerous. Contact us if you spot any of the following signs after a storm:

  • Burning odor or smoke (contact local fire authority)
  • Light switches or outlets not working
  • Humming or buzzing lights
  • Flickering lights
  • Hot ceiling fixtures
  • Visible sparks (contact local fire authority)

Keep the Heat On

While it seems wise to turn your heat all the way down to save on electric, your HVAC system might end up using significantly more energy when you decide to crank up the thermostat. Never turn off the heat when you leave home during the winter. Instead, set the temperature to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit (or higher if you’ve had problems in the past or live in an area of extreme cold). If you have multiple heat zones, be sure to adjust all thermostats appropriately.

That being said, it can be awful costly to crank up your heat all winter long. By lowering your temperature 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit for at least eight hours daily during cold weather, you can save up to 15% a year on your heating bill. Energy.gov recommends the following settings:

  • 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home
  • 55 degrees Fahrenheit or lower when you’re not home or sleeping

Many thermostats allow you to pre-set temperatures to suit your schedule: at work, when sleeping, or when traveling. This allows you to keep the heat at a consistent temperature, which not only protects your pipes from freezing, but optimizes HVAC efficiency, too!

Contact Fab Electric for a Professional Inspection

The best way to prevent a winter electric emergency is to have your system professionally inspected. A certified electric technician will inspect potential circuit board issues, fire hazards, smoke alarm batteries and carbon monoxide detectors. Luckily, Fab Electric services all of the above — and more. It’s never too late to schedule an electric safety inspection so you can focus on fun instead of fear this winter! At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely in your home and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

 

A Flickering Light Bulb Could Mean a Lot More Than You Think

 

Do you have a flickering light bulb, and you’re not sure why? As you are likely aware, there are a lot of abnormal electrical issues that can go unnoticed, but a flickering light bulb isn’t one of them. It’s visible, annoying and potentially alarming if you’re not sure what’s causing it. And it shouldn’t be ignored. While the most likely explanations are harmless and easy to fix, a flickering light could also be an early warning sign of dangerous wiring problems.

Start With the Bulb

If you only have one flickering light, your best hope is that there’s simply a problem with the bulb. The problem could be as simple as the bulb being a little off-kilter. Unscrew the bulb and screw it back in carefully. If your bulb was simply making a poor connection, that may fix it.

If you’re using a CFL or fluorescent bulb and the flickering only lasts for a few seconds after the light is turned on, this is completely normal. If you find it jarring, you can always switch to LED bulbs, which are more energy efficient and activate at full luminescence as soon as they’re turned on.

It’s also possible the bulb is burning out or is faulty. Try replacing it with a different bulb. If the new one works fine, it’s likely that the old one was simply due for replacement.

If your flickering light is attached to a dimmer switch, the problem could be that you’re not using a compatible bulb. Not all light bulbs are dimmable, and incompatible bulbs may flicker or even strobe when used with a dimmer switch. Read the packaging carefully when purchasing replacement bulbs for dimmable fixtures.

Process of Elimination

If the flickering continues after troubleshooting the bulb, you should see if you can narrow the source of the problem to a wall outlet, light switch or the light fixture itself. If your flickering light is a hardwired ceiling or wall light, start by investigating the light switch. Does the flickering occur or intensify if you lightly touch the switch? Can you hear a crackling sound or see arcing electricity when you flip the switch? Those are signs your light switch is wearing out and should be replaced.

You can investigate the switch of a plug-in lamp the same way, but you should also try running the lamp in a different electrical outlet. If that solves the problem, the offending outlet should be inspected and likely replaced.

If it’s neither the switch nor the outlet, the problem could be within the wiring of the fixture or lamp itself. Unless it’s an expensive fixture, it may not be cost effective to try to repair it. Consider replacing faulty plug-in lamps or having a licensed electrician replace a hardwired fixture.

Searching for Surges

A power surge in a home’s electrical system is a common cause of lights that flicker or temporarily glow brighter. It doesn’t have to be a major power surge like one from a lightning strike; smaller power surges occur whenever a large appliance starts up.

Try adjusting your thermostat so that you can watch the light at the exact moment your air conditioner turns on. If you see the flicker or brightness right at that moment, it’s safe to assume that everyday power surges are the cause. These surges aren’t a safety concern, but they can cause cumulative damage that can shorten the lifespans of things like light bulbs and electronics.

If the flickering does not correspond with any large appliances starting up, it’s possible that something is causing uneven voltage levels in your electrical system. Fluctuating voltage can damage sensitive electronics and even start electrical fires, so it’s important to have this issue inspected immediately and repaired as needed.

All bulbs go bad eventually. But paying attention to unusual bulb behavior can help you get the jump on electrical problems in your home. If you need help replacing fixtures, investigating power surges, or tackling any other electrical issue, reach out to Fab Electric today. At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely in your home and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

 

Prevent a Shocking Experience with GFCI Outlet

GFCI outlets are essential for safety and required in today’s homes by National Electrical Code. GFCI outlets, or ‘ground fault circuit interrupters’ prevent serious electric shock and reduce the risk of electrical fire by monitoring electrical current, cutting power or ‘tripping’ when the outlets detect an imbalance or excess current flow down an unintended path.

GFCI outlets prevent serious electric shock and reduce the risk of electrical fire by monitoring electrical current, cutting power or ‘tripping’ when the outlets detect an imbalance or excess current flow down an unintended path. Easy to identify, GFCI outlets are recognizable by the ‘test’ and ‘reset’ buttons on the outlet face.

What Do GFCI Outlets Do?

Super-sensitive and with a far faster response time than circuit breakers or fuses, GFCIs are designed to respond before electricity can affect your heartbeat – in as little as one-thirtieth of a second – and will even work in outlets that aren’t grounded.

Where Should GFCIs Be Used?

GFCI outlets are required by code in moist or wet locations of the home to protect people from being shocked, including:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens (including with dishwashers)
  • Laundry and utility rooms
  • Garages and outbuildings
  • Crawlspaces and unfinished basements
  • Wet bars
  • Spa and pool areas
  • Outdoor areas

Why are GFCIs a Safer Outlet Option?

Before GFCI requirements, nearly 800 people died annually from household electrocutions, versus less than 200 people annually today – and that’s not the whole story. On average, electricity causes more than 140,000 fires, 4,000 injuries, and 400 deaths annually. These numbers would be much lower if all homes employed proper GFCI protection.

Inexpensive and easily swapped for run-of-the-mill outlets, even older homes ‘grandfathered in’ by code should swiftly swap traditional – and especially ungrounded 2-prong outlets – for GFCI protection. GFCIs have been required by code outdoors and in bathrooms since the 1970s and are hardly a new concept. Designed to safeguard people, not wiring, they are an essential safety feature today’s homeowners and homebuyers look to for protection and can make or break an electrical home safety inspection.

Test Your Outlets Regularly

Nearly half of all American families fail to properly test their GFCIs according to operational and safety recommendations. How can you avoid becoming a statistic? Test all GFCI outlets in your home regularly, at least once a month at a minimum, and after storms as well. Testing is fast and easy, simply press the ‘test’ button, ensuring electrical flow has been cut off with a nightlight or other small appliance, then press ‘reset’ to restore power to the outlet.

The experts at Fab Electric want you to understand why GFCI protection in moisture-prone areas should never go overlooked. At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely in your home and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

 

Is Your Electrical System Enough for Your Electric Car?

 

You decide to buy an electric car to save on gasoline. You have an outlet in your carport or garage, but is it enough? Could you be jeopardizing your safety by charging your car?

As an electric car owner, you want a safe, fast, and reliable charge. Charging your voltage-powered vehicle by plugging into a standard 120-volt electrical outlet is possible – though in some cases your system may not be up to the challenge. Should you upgrade your system?

Although it is not always necessary, an upgrade can be worthwhile in certain cases. Most modern electric cars can plug into a standard 120-volt outlet. However, when performing electric vehicle charging at home, dimming lights and repeated circuit breaker tripping are sure signs of insufficient electrical service for meeting your charging needs – a common issue in homes more than 20 years old.

Why does this happen? According to studies, vehicle charging at 9.6 kW can double or triple your home’s prior peak electrical load, creating problems with insufficient power supply throughout the day or night as you charge. In addition to providing safer, more reliable charging, addressing these insufficiencies in your home’s electrical system, combined with a home charging system upgrade, can vastly improve the safety and speed of the recharging process.

Should You Upgrade?. . .AC Level 1 vs. AC Level 2

The following are details about the current outlet that most people have, and an upgraded outlet with double the power:

  • AC Level 1 (120V/15A): A 120-volt outlet is capable of providing a ‘Level 1’ charge via a standard, 3-prong household plug/outlet combo, but requires a dedicated branch circuit for the safety of your system and home appliances and electronics. With this method, it takes 8-12 hours for a full charge, adding 2-5 miles of driving range per hour of charging time.
  • AC Level 2 (240V/30-70A): ‘Level 2’ charging via a larger, 240-volt AC plug and receptacle requires the installation of special home charging equipment and a dedicated circuit – but cuts down vehicle charge time to 3 to 6 hours, or 10-60 miles of driving range per hour of charging time. Bonus: Your local government or utility provider may offer incentives and rebates for the installation of this equipment – and you can customize your setup, with features ranging from timers and status lights to smartphone connections and keypads.

Get Your Electrical System Checked

Just as you adjust your car mirrors for maximum visibility and safety, why not perform a quick safety check on the state of your home charging setup, verifying its suitability with the help of a qualified electrician, such as Fab Electric?

The significant savings from your greener, more fuel-efficient lifestyle with your electric vehicle purchase can go a long way toward a rapid return on investment in a safer, faster, more reliable electric vehicle charging system installation from Fab Electric. At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely outside and inside the home this summertime and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

 

 

Electrical Hazards in Warm Weather—Is Your Family Prepared?

Whether your ideal seasonal activity is tanning by the pool or walking along a sandy beach, there’s no doubt summertime offers a lot of family fun. However, it can present many safety concerns for homeowners. Here are a few reminders from Fab Electric to give you and your family peace of mind this summer.

Prepare for an Emergency

With the sun shining bright, the warm, moist air provides optimal fuel for hurricanes, heavy rain storms, and wind storms to form. Are you and your family prepared? In the case of a power outage, you’ll want to have a generator handy. If you’re unsure of the amount of power that will be needed for a generator in your home, ask us to determine that for you.

Plan for a Power Surge

Because of extreme heat and electrical charge in the air, lighting storms are also common during this season. In the case of a power surge, a good preventive option is to install a whole home surge protection system if you want to protect devices plugged into outlets anywhere in the home.

Test your Smoke Alarms

Fun events such as bonfires and fireworks present great opportunities to remind ourselves of fire safety. When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your house? This should be done monthly, and the batteries should be changed yearly (except for lithium batteries).

Electrical Connections and Water Safety

As you likely know, electricity travels very quickly through water and can lead to electrocution. Make sure the electrical connections to your pools and hot tubs are fully grounded. Our residential electricians can help you if you have any questions about appliance connections and their safety.

Hope this is helpful and that you stay safe and enjoy the rest of your summer! Need electrical work done in your home? At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely outside and inside the home this summertime and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

Ways to Keep Your Electrical System Stress Free This Summer

The weather is heating up, and with it, so is the load on your electrical system. Don’t let the stress pile up. Protect your electrical system – and your wallet – from the stresses of summer with the help of these simple tips.

Reduce Stress from Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling comprises about 30%-50% of your electric bill, making it one of the biggest stressors on your electrical system. However, there are many ways to reduce that stress, including…

  • Keeping your air filter clean;
  • Scheduling a professional cleaning and tune-up once a year;
  • Clearing your outdoor system and indoor vents of debris and blockages;
  • Addressing ductwork leaks;
  • Setting your system on 85 degrees when you’re not home, or
  • Installing a programmable thermostat.

Keep a Lid on Energy Consumption

Your refrigerator is among the largest consumers of energy in your home. Keep a lid on energy consumption by:

  • Ensuring seals are clean and tight;
  • Verifying proper operating temperate: 37°-40°F in the refrigerator and 0°-5°F in the freezer.

Lower the Temperature of Your Water Heater

The water heating is typically the third largest energy expense in your home. The hotter the temperature of the water, and the more it is used, the harder your electrical system is forced to keep up with the heating demands.

Summer is hot enough! Cool your use by…

  • Setting water heater temperature to 120 degrees;
  • Properly insulating your tank;
  • Taking a shower instead of a bath;
  • Turning hot water – and your heater – off when you don’t need it.

Cook on Your Grill Instead of Your Stovetop

Using your stovetop or oven in summer’s heat can really put a strain on your air conditioner and electrical system. Save some money and maintain comfort by firing up your grill instead.

Reduce appliance stress by turning off items that are not in use rather than letting them run such as lights, laptop and mobile devices, TVs, radios, and more can take a lot of pressure off your electrical system. Unplug items or plug them into a power strip, flipping them off when they’re not in use. 

Electrical system all stressed out?

Need electrical work done in your home? At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely outside and inside the home this springtime and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

 

How to Childproof Outlets

Young children are curious, which is why they are susceptible to dangerous situations. Anyone who has a toddler knows that as they become more mobile, it is increasingly essential to protect them from themselves, particularly when it comes to the outlets in your home. The National Fire Protection Agency notes over 2,400 children are injured stuffing items into electrical outlets annually, resulting in 6-12 deaths per year. How can you safely childproof outlets?

Because outlets are found in every room, it’s only a matter of time before your curious little child tries to stick something into an outlet. Luckily, there are several options for childproofing outlets:

  • Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR)

    Because the majority of incidents involving children and electricity happen in the presence of adults, National Electrical Code has mandated tamper resistant receptacles in new and renovated homes since 2008. Also called childproof outlets, these receptacles are designed to prevent little fingers from jamming objects into receptacles, featuring spring-loaded shutters that close receptacle slots when they are not in use. With these outlets, even pressure on both springs simultaneously is required to open shutters and allow for the flow of electricity. Newer or updated home? Don’t assume you have TRR – check. Unfortunately, some contractors cut corners. Ensure your little one is safe by verifying each of the outlets in your home bears the letters “TR” or the words “tamper-resistant” on the receptacle surface. You’ll also see the plastic shutter plate behind the outlet slots.

  • Outlet Covers
    Cheap and common, plastic outlet covers are a good option if replacing outlets is not possible. The trick, however, is remembering to put outlet covers back in after your done charging devices or using appliances – a common mistake. Abandoned outlet covers not only leave outlets exposed, but also are a choking hazard. Toddlers with strong fingers outsmart your covers? Try a keyed outlet cover option instead.
  • Sliding Plate Covers
    A slightly pricier, but safer option, are sliding plate covers, also called self-closing outlet covers. Simply unscrew your existing outlet cover, replacing it with these, which feature a spring-loaded piece of plastic that keeps outlet slots covered when they are not in-use. Use the outlet, and the cover automatically snaps back into place when items are unplugged. So, there are no tiny little plastic outlet covers to keep track of with this option.

Here are some other tips to keep small children from electrical dangers in the home:

  • Avoid extension cables unless absolutely necessary (children love to chew these, especially teethers). If they must be used, hold them down securely with gaffers tape.
  • Block off access to outlets with furniture, hiding outlets out of sight as best you can.
  • Consider the addition of whole outlet covers that prevent children from yanking cords out of the wall, such as Lectralock for receptacles and power strip covers for surge protectors and power bars.
  • Have older children help you keep an eye out on cords and outlets.

We hope this was helpful in keeping cords out-of-sight and outlets protected from little fingers!

Need electrical work done in your home? At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely outside and inside the home this springtime and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!

 

 

Don’t Forget These Springtime Electrical Safety Tips

Now that it’s spring and the weather is warmer, people are spending more time outside. For the sake of safety, it’s important to make sure certain electrical components are functioning properly and you are practicing good habits both inside and outside of the home.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), thousands of people in the United States become critically injured or electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents outside their homes. Focusing on electrical safety awareness can help ensure you are not injured due to an electrical malfunction.

Here are some simple safety rules to remember:

  • Ladders of every material should not come in contact with a power line, as it may result in a serious injury or death. Keeping a 10 feet distance from an overhead power line is a good rule of measure.
  • If your power tools are not being used, make sure to unplug everything. If not, it’s possible for the tools to overheat and cause a fire.
  • Check for damaged cords on power tools. It is important to check if the cord is frayed or the plug is broken. This makes the tool dangerous to operate.
  • Avoid wet areas while using any electrical item. Be aware of your surroundings, being sure to check for a running hose or sprinkler. Wet grass is particularly an issue.
  • Teach kids to never fly a kite or climb a tree near a power line. If a kite gets tangled in overhead power lines, don’t try to remove it yourself. Kite string can conduct an electrical current, which can cause serious injuries or death.
  • Call 811 before you dig, so underground utility lines can be properly marked. This free service is required by state law, and should be done at least two business days before the digging begins.

Remember, electrical lines and equipment should be treated seriously and with caution. Use these simple and easy to follow tips to stay safe this spring!

At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely outside and inside the home this springtime and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!