The Hazards of Extension Cords

The Hazards of Extension Cords

Though we use them in our homes and offices frequently, extension cords are surprisingly hazardous. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that about 3,300 residential fires originate with these cords each year. The CPSC has even issued a safety...

Should I Upgrade My Electrical Panel?

Why Electrical Panel Upgrades Are Important You might know the panel by another name, such as circuit breaker or fuse box. No matter what you call it, the system function remains the same—distributing power throughout your home. Just like the central nervous system...
Why Do I Need a GFCI Outlet?

Why Do I Need a GFCI Outlet?

A GFCI outlet is actually a replacement for a standard electrical outlet. It protects any appliance plugged into it, and can also be wired to protect other outlets that are connected to it. The GFCI outlet is part of a GFCI circuit breaker. The breaker controls an...
An Annual Electrical Inspection …

An Annual Electrical Inspection …

Is it Part of Your Home Maintenance Routine? The start of a new year prompts the review of annual home maintenance checklists. But do you include an annual electrical inspection as part of your home maintenance routine? According to the Electrical Safety Foundation...