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Electricity is one of mankind's greatest achievements, but it also presents one of our greatest dangers. Every year, hundreds of people die and thousands more are gravely injured in accidents traced back to electricity. Lunar Electrical Contractor, Inc., has compiled some facts and helpful tips to keep you and your family safe. Read these important facts and help make Old Bridge, New Jersey, a little safer.
The Dangers of a Fuse
If you have fuses in your home, we highly recommend replacing them with a newer circuit breaker. Circuit breakers are a much safer option, as they trip instantaneously and shut down power before an electric accident can occur. When a breaker trips, identify what caused the problem and correct it before resetting. In addition, watch out for placing fuses and breakers with currents that exceed their amperage range. Prevent overloads like this by avoiding the use of high-amperage devices like hair dryers and irons in the same socket.
Ground Fault Circuit Interceptors (GFCI)
GFCIs are electronic devices installed in homes to constantly monitor the amount of electrical current flowing through a circuit. These life-saving devices cut power at the first sign of imbalance and protect you from prolonged electrical shock in the event of an accident. GCFIs are required by the national electric code on all kitchen counter areas and bathrooms, in addition to unfinished garage and basement areas. GCFIs can be hard-wired into individual circuits and if present in your home, should be tested monthly to ensure functionality.
When to Give Us a Call Right Away
Many times there are signs that precipitate an electrical issue before it becomes serious. When you see any of the warning signs listed below, take action and call immediately. Be alert to issues such as:
Recurrent Blown Fuses or Circuit Breakers • Feeling a "Tingle" when Touching an Appliance, Water Faucet, or Pipe • Discoloration or Sizzling Sound from Wall Outlets or Switches • Flickering or Dimming Lights in Response to a Motor Appliance Being Used