Electrical Safety Tips To Protect Your Home

ELECTRICITY CAN BE DEADLY

Electrical safety should not be taken lightly. All electrical systems have the potential to cause harm as electricity seeks the easiest path to ground most often through a conductor. Most metals are excellent conductors. The human body is also conductive. The electrical voltage and current in a regular home or business has enough power to cause death by electrocution.

There are numerous safety devices to help keep your family and especially your children safe from electricity.

SAFETY DEVICES REQUIRED BY THE ELECTRICAL CODE

ARC Fault Protection

New homes are required to have the bedroom outlets protected with ARC fault breakers, but older homes did not have this requirement. An arc of electricity can be extremely dangerous, with temperatures of up to 10 000 degrees f, and can be caused by a multitude of issues; frayed electrical cords, old wiring, nails through the wires, most of which is hidden behind the drywall and cannot be seen. At Gentlemen Electric, we will happily provide you with a quote on installation of ARC circuit breakers to help protect you from this unseen danger.

Tamper-proof Receptacles
GFCI Protection
Security Lighting
CO/Smoke Detectors 

ELECTRICAL DIY DANGERS

Doing electrical work yourself may seem like a good way to save money. We have often seen the aftermath of such endevours.   Untrained individuals working on an electrical system may unknowingly create fire or electrocution hazards. This 'money saver' often ends up costing more in the long run when an electrician must be called in to fix mistakes.

ELECTRICAL SAFETY STATISTICS

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Maximum Lifespan of Your Smoke Detector
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Accidental Deaths Caused by CO in Canada 2000-2009. [1]
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Electrical Failure Fires in Alberta 2007-2016 [2]
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$ Losses Due to Electrical Failure Fires in Alberta 2007-2016 [3]
1. "Carbon monoxide poisoning: 5 things to know about the 'silent killer'". CBC News CANADA. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/carbon-monoxide-poisoning. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
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"Interactive Fire Data Analysis (IFDA)". Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC). http://www.ofc.alberta.ca/interactive-fire-data-analysis. Retrieved June 30, 2017

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