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Are you concerned about the electrical safety of yourself and your loved ones? Electrocutions are responsible for more than 4,000 injuries and 300 deaths per year, so it makes sense for parents and homeowners to be concerned about electrical hazards. At Mr. Electric of Atlanta, we provide commercial and residential services in Atlanta, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Buckhead, Alpharetta, Georgia and other local communities. We work hard to ensure that local property owners have homes and buildings that are safe from electrical fires and electrocutions, and we want to help you avoid personal injury as well. Here are some tips for how you can avoid electrical hazards in your own household.
Use Tamper Resistant Outlets
If you live in a home with children, it’s important to take precautions by replacing all standard electrical outlet covers with tamper resistant models. They are available in a wide variety and are a relatively affordable way to keep curious little ones safe from harm.
Install GFCI Circuits
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, or GFCI outlets are automatically installed where appropriate in newly built homes. However, older houses, previously owned homes and rental units may not have them. Check for these outlets in your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, basement and any other area where contact with water or excessive moisture is a possibility. They should be easily recognized by the two distinctive switches on the front plate. If your home still has the conventional outlets in places where water is present, you need to install them as soon as possible.
Be Cautious During Home Construction and Demolition Projects
Many people enter into major renovation projects without much thought to their wiring systems. Any demolition or remodeling tasks that require cutting into walls, flooring or other “hidden” areas of the property, you’re likely to run into wiring. Cutting through the electrical system with power tools is a surefire way to get hurt. Consult your homes blueprints, or call a professional electrician in Atlanta or in your area to get professional advice before you begin.
Always Use Insulated Tools
If you do need to work around electricity, always use insulated tools. If your hand is touching metal tools that connect to the electrical current, you will likely suffer injury. Don’t work with electricity if you haven’t had proper training and experience and proper tools.
Call a Professional
If you have a home project that involves electrical work, it’s always best to call someone with professional certification. You’ll have your tasks completed faster, and have the reassurance of safety and security for those you love the most.
Need a Certified Electrician in Atlanta, Georgia or Nearby City? Call Mr. Electric
Do you need to repair, replace or upgrade your electrical system? Then pick up the phone and call the professionals at Mr. Electric of Atlanta, GA. Our team of qualified experts are ready to put their tools and talent to work for your home or business. Contact our office for more information about our wide range of services or to schedule a convenient appointment.