This May, we want everyone in the Houma and Thibodaux area to be aware that it’s National Electrical Safety Month. This month is dedicated to helping homeowners like yourself learn about home electrical safety and the importance of professional electrical safety inspections that find potential threats in your home.
Quick Safety Tips
- When using electricity, always keep a safe distance from any wet areas like swimming pools or gardening hoses and sprinklers.
- Inspect all cords and plugs before use. Damage can cause safety hazards.
- Perform a monthly test of your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
- Use surge protection devices to prevent damage to expensive electronics and electrical fires. These can be caused by lightning strikes or degraded wiring systems.
- When using any type of ladder, always stay a minimum of 10 ft away from nearby power lines.
Professional Inspections Find Potential Issues
When a licensed Doug’s electrician inspects your home’s electrical system, we will be able to find any wiring or outlets that are damaged. This allows you the opportunity to fix the problems before they have the chance to become safety hazards. An electrical safety inspection will illuminate issues with:
Plugging too many appliances into one circuit can result in tripped breakers or worse, electrical fires. Our electricians will find potential overload points in your electrical system that may require dedicated circuits.
Outlets near water sources are at risk of ground faults that can cause serious, painful shocks from the outlets themselves or appliances plugged into them. A GFCI outlet, or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, will automatically turn off the outlet when ground faults occur, protecting you from getting shocked.
Arc faults are large discharges of electricity between connections and circuit breakers. They create high heat that can damage your wiring or start electrical fires. Make sure there is an AFCI, or Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter, device in your home’s panel to stop current in affected circuits.
Outdoor Outlet Bubbles
These covers work to protect outdoor outlets from weather damage so they will be able to work when they need to. This protects you from potential shocks and protects your electrical system from power surges caused by outlet damage.
Call Doug’s For Thorough, Professional Electrical Safety Inspections
Don’t risk your family’s safety. Call Doug’s today at (985) 746-1116 for an electrical safety inspection from one of our licensed electricians. We’ll identify potential problems with your electrical system and address them before they can put your home or family at risk.