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

CO/Smoke Detectors 

Smoke detectors need to be replaced every 7-10 years and should be checked monthly to ensure they are working. You can purchase a can of artificial smoke from hardware stores for this, as this will test the inner workings of the detector as well as the alarm. This is an easy maintenance project that should not be ignored.  Please visit our blog for detailed information on how to test CO/smoke detectors. Working smoke detectors can give you the time you need to escape in the event of a fire.

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas. It is odourless, colorless and is produced by incomplete combustion. Every home that has a fuel burning furnace or appliance is at risk of a CO leak. Installing CO detectors can give you peace of mind that you will be warned in time in the event of a leak.

Gentlemen Electric installs the latest in high quality combination CO/Smoke Detectors. Please contact us if you have any questions and to have these lifesaving devices installed or tested.

ARC Fault Protection
Tamper-proof Receptacles
GFCI Protection
Security Lighting

ELECTRICAL DIY DANGERS

Doing electrical work yourself may seem like a good way to save money. We have often seen the aftermath of such endeavours.   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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