Safety Tip: Electrical Safety and a Flipped Breaker

Electrical safety is an important part of responsible homeownership. It requires that you always follow the proper procedures when working with electrical outlets and wiring. Remember, electricity can be deadly. If you’re not experienced in electrical work, it’s always best to call in a licensed electrician to perform repairs or improvements.

Flipped Breakers and Blown Fuses

Flipped breakers and blown fuses are nothing to take lightly. Breakers flip and fuses blow because an electrical circuit in your home has been overloaded. Overloaded circuits get hot, and that heat causes fire. In other words, circuit breakers are there for your safety. If your circuit breaker is cutting off electricity to a portion of your home, first think about whether you’ve added any new appliances or other electrical draws that would explain the extra electrical demands being placed on the circuit. You might be able to solve the problem by simply unplugging your new microwave, for example, and moving it to another circuit that isn’t experiencing such high demand.

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Tip: Understanding Electrical Switches

You probably already have a pretty firm grip on what electrical switches do, but you may not realize what they can do for your home. Redesigning the layout and function of your switches allows you to completely redecorate your home. Here’s a breakdown on what electrical switches do and some ideas for upgrades, repairs, or replacements.

The most familiar electrical switch is the common light switch, referred to by hardware dealers and electricians as a single-pole switch. A switch that operates lights from two locations—the ends of a hallway, for example—is called a three-way switch.

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Tip: Bundle Electrical Repair Jobs Together

To save money and time on electrical work, bundle projects together. Anytime you discover an electrical problem, put it on a list.

When you feel it’s time to call an electrician, such as Mr. Mighty Electricians in Chicago, review your list and then conduct a mini-inspection of your home. Look for faulty switches and dysfunctional or crowded outlets. When the electrician comes, you’ll save money and time by getting everything taken care of at once.

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