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Potential Electrical Hazards in the Bathroom

Water and electricity form a literally electrifying combination, and it should be part of your responsibility as a homeowner or building manager to make sure that these two things don’t come into contact with each other. The bathroom is one of the most moisture-exposed areas of the house, and so it carries a lot of serious electrical hazards that you need to take note of.

Electrical Risks in Your Bathroom

If you disregard any of the potential hazards on this list, you might end up with damaged appliances and electrical fires coming from the bathroom.

Unsafe electrical outlets

Most bathrooms have at least one power outlet for small grooming appliances.

Handheld appliances

A hair dryer or electric razor is commonly found in the bathroom sink, and it may be a potential hazard if you accidentally immerse an exposed cord or let moisture seep into the power outlet.

Exposed lights

Hanging lights may look amazing, but they’re accidents waiting to happen inside the bathroom.

Exposed wires

Another definite no-no is the presence of bare wires in a moisture-filled area such as the bathroom.

Electrical Safety Tips In The Bathroom

To make sure that you’re not going to start a fire or damage your electrical system, here are safety tips related to electricity use in the bathroom:

1. Address electrical issues immediately.

If you notice frequent flickering of lights or an abnormal electrical spark when you plug in a small appliance, have your electrical system checked by a professional home electrician. The same is true for exposed wires or busted bulbs.

2. Unplug or turn off unused electrical items.

Nothing is safer than unplugging appliances when they’re not in use. This prevents a potential electrical issue, especially when water is accidentally splashed onto the activated appliance.

3. Replace old electrical outlets with GFCI variants.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets has the ability to cut off power when a potential electrical issue arises. This is a preventive approach to ensure that moisture seepage into electrical outlets won’t cause sudden sparks or short-circuiting.

4. Don’t handle electrical appliances with wet hands.

Because tap water is a good conductor of electricity, make sure to keep your hands dry whenever you use your electrical razor or handheld hair dryer.

Need Help In Terms Of Electrical Safety?

While it’s good to follow the tips that we presented above, it’s also a good idea to have your bathroom’s electrical system checked for possible malfunction. With skilled professional electricians in our arsenal, we at Wire Craft Electric offer a wide range of services including home safety inspection and troubleshooting of electrical issues.

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Why Does an Electrical Outlet Spark When You Plug In An Appliance?

Fireworks may look amazing up in the sky, but it’s definitely going to send you in panic mode if you see sparks flying out of your electrical outlets! These may not look like it can cause a huge amount of damage, but there might be a need to look into it. In this article, let’s list down some of the most common reasons why you see a spark when you plug something into an electrical socket.

Are All Sparking Incidents Cause For Worry?

Before we get into the list of reasons, let’s get one thing straight: An electrical outlet sparking is a pretty common occurrence that (in most cases) is considered normal.

Electrical current runs continuously through your home electrical system, from the main panel to the wires, fixtures, and outlets, and back. The moment you plug in an appliance into the socket, a portion of the electricity gets transferred to the plugged device. The transfer is fast and may result in a visible spark caused by static electricity.

Reasons for Electrical Outlet Spark

Having said that, there are some cases wherein the spark may be an indication of a more serious electrical issue. Here are some potential reasons behind electrical outlet sparking:

Moisture

When water seeps into an electrical outlet, it may cause a spark as soon as you plug in an appliance. You may need to check the source of the moisture entry – it may be an accidental spillage or a roof leak.

If you have a ground fault interrupter outlet installed, the power may automatically get shut down as a safety mechanism.

Old system

Electrical systems that have been in existence for decades contain wires and outlets that may have deteriorated over time. Loose connections or worn out wires may result in a short circuit and lead to an electrical spark.

Short circuit

As its name implies, this occurrence involves a potential shortcut in the electrical current caused by exposed wires that touch each other. Short-circuiting is one of the leading causes of electrical outlet spark, and this is something that you need to address immediately.

Worried About Electrical Outlet Spark at Home?

If you suspect that your power outlets have any of the electrical spark triggers mentioned above, give us a call at Wire Craft Electric so that we can help you fix the issue as soon as possible. An electrical spark may be common, but it may also be telling you about an undiscovered problem in your electrical system.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe From Electrical Shock

Keeping Your Pets Safe from Electrical Shock

It’s inevitable for dogs, cats, and other pets to become curious about wires and electrical outlets. When left unattended, this may lead to electrical shock, causing injury and accidents at home. We’ll look at important safety tips to protect your beloved pets from one of the most common causes of electricity-related accidents.

Why should we think thoroughly about electrical safety for pets? For one, most pets are naturally curious, leading them to sniff and lick unusual items such as plugged appliances. Another reason is that most electrical sockets are within the reach – and are about the same vertical distance from the floor – as your pets.

Electrical Safety Tips For Better Pet Protection

If you care for your pet’s welfare, you need to put electrical safety as a top priority. Here are some tips to make sure that your pets are safe from electrical shock:

Cover electrical sockets

Pets may become curious with sockets and lead them to poke their noses and paws in them. Protect your beloved pets from electrocution by installing socket covers.

Organize power cords

When your power cords are disorganized and splayed on the floor, your dog or cat may chew on them. You can solve this potential hazard by binding your wires in clips and tubes, as well as keeping your wires way above your pet’s height.

Fix exposed wires and electrical issues

Exposed wires are accidents waiting to happen, regardless if it involves your pets or the people in your home. Address any exposed wiring or unusual electrical problems as soon as you discover them.

Turn off appliances when not in use

Aside from saving on power costs, shutting off unused appliances can also improve the safety in your home. Appliances plugged into sockets may be too inviting for your pets and lead them to touch these things.

Take your pets away from areas with electrical equipment

A sure way of protecting your pets from electrical shock is to put them in an area where there is absolutely no electrical connection. You may place them in a kennel or a section of your home without nearby electrical wires and sockets.

Most electricians are focused on technical matters, but we at Wire Craft Electric go the extra mile by conducting home safety inspections, troubleshooting common home issues, and other related services. Part of our service include advocating electrical safety and helping you live in an electrically safe home.

 

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Should You Be Alarmed By Flickering Lights in Bad Weather?

Should you be alarmed by flickering lights in bad weather?

 

You may have noticed your lights flickering when it’s windy outside. Although this may be caused by system-wide malfunction, some of the reasons may be localized in your home. This guide should help you check if the flickering of lights in your home is already cause for alarm, and assist you in troubleshooting this issue before the next weather imbalance.

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How To Choose The Right Electrician For Home Maintenance

How to choose the right electrician for home maintenance

The importance of maintaining your home electrical system cannot be understated. If you fail to either check the condition of your wirings and fixtures or address electrical problems immediately, you’re bound to encounter accidents and damages in your home. That’s why you need to hire the right electrician to conduct regular maintenance.

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How To Make Sure That You’re Buying Electrically Safe Appliances

How to make sure you are buying electrically safe appliances

Practically every home in urban communities has at least one electrical appliance. No matter how few or how many your home appliances are, you need to make sure that you’re keeping safety in check. Today, let’s look at some tips on how to ensure that the home appliances that you’re about to buy are electrically safe.

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Benefits and Drawbacks of Recessed Lighting

 

Benefits and Drawback of Recessed Lighting

 

Most modern homes make use of recessed lighting. While it has its advantages, it’s also important to know the disadvantages of this kind of lighting. By knowing both sides, you can make an informed decision whether to opt for recessed lighting or not.

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Tips To Bring Down Electrical Bill Costs

Who doesn’t like to save on power costs? Although you don’t have control over power supply charges, there may be some things that you can do at home to reduce the cost of your next electrical bill.

Here are some effective techniques to help bring down your power expenses:

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Electrical Safety Training Tip #1: Overlamping

Keeping your electrical system safe is an effective preventive measure against fires and accidents. While many people know some of the basic techniques to maintain electrical safety, one of the most commonly disregarded conditions is known as overlamping.

What You Need To Know About Overlamping

In a nutshell, overlamping is a situation when a light bulb has a higher wattage requirement than the load capacity of the lighting fixture. Most light fixtures have a capacity of 60 watts, which can handle a wide variety of light bulbs designed for home use.

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Your Spring Cleaning Appliance Checklist

Winter is coming to a close, and this sends most people scrambling to start spring cleaning. In fact, spring cleaning has become a tradition for homeowners after a season of snow, ski breaks, and shoveling. It’s also the perfect time to check our home appliances in preparation for the season that’s about to come.

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