Anderson Electric Corp. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘GFCI Outlets’

Watch for Signs of Broken Outlets

Monday, July 29th, 2019

GFCI-Electrical-OutletOutlets in a home are something we tend to take for granted. We don’t often think of outlets wearing out with time, but this is exactly what happens. No electrical device can last forever, and you probably put a large power demand on many of your home’s outlets. (For example, how long has that one light been plugged into the same outlet? Years?) Outlets can break, and when they do they have the potential to create hazards. When you have broken outlets, call Anderson for electrical repair in West Orange, NJ as soon as you can.

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Different Child-Proof Outlets

Monday, May 6th, 2019

father-son-ukuleleIn our last post, we wrote about the importance of making the upgrade from old two-prong outlets in (ungrounded outlets) to three-prong outlets in your home. We also offered suggestions about the best types of outlets to have installed to improve safety.

Today, we’re looking at a specific reason for improving the outlets in your house—to make your house safer for young children. Standard open outlets can present serious hazards to children who may attempt to place objects or their fingers into the slots, and they can also create fire dangers. Most outlets are at ground level, making them easy for children to access. If you have infants and toddlers in your home, or you have a child on the way, we recommend you work with electricians in Livingston, NJ to have the safest types of outlets installed.

Below are some of safety options available.

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What’s Wrong With My Old Two-Prong Outlets?

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

outletWe urge all our customers to investigate ways to update their household electrical systems. This isn’t only about making sure you’ve got enough power for all your new appliances and the increasing number of charging stations. It’s also about safety. We specialize in updating old homes with modern wiring, electrical panels, and outlets.

One of the upgrades we recommend is replacing standard three-prong outlets with GFCI and AFCI outlets, which improve safety. But let’s go one step lower and take a look at two-prong outlets, which many homes in the area still have. (Two-prong is standard for homes built before 1960.) You can stick adaptors onto them so they work for three-prong plugs, but we don’t recommend this. We’ll explain why it’s best to change out those old two-prongers.

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Simple Electrical Upgrades That Can Make Your Home Safer

Monday, November 19th, 2018

outletElectrical safety is one of the essential parts of preventing house fires and high voltage shocks. You may think your house is currently free from electrical hazards, but there are some simple changes and upgrades you can have an electrician perform that will make your house and the people in it significantly safer.

Yes, you must have professional electricians for these jobs. Home electrical work is not something you can do on your own, since it risks creating worse safety issues. Professionals are trained to keep homes up to the local electrical code and ensure that any work is done to the highest safety standards.

Below are some of the electrical jobs you can have a professional electrician do to make your house a safer one:

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How Important is it, Really, to Have Safety Outlets?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

GFCI-Electrical-OutletYou’re probably pretty used to people trying to sell you something that you don’t actually need. You know, that one sharpening tool that only works for a single knife, a combination bicycle pump and rice cooker, those strange “magic” beans that almost sound like they’re whispering to you…. Anyway, we don’t blame you for being skeptical at yet another blog post claiming you need something that you may not have ever heard of before. But, you may need this thing that you might not have ever heard of before. We’re talking about safety outlets, specifically GFCI and AFCI outlets. Have a look below at why it’s a very good idea to have these outlet types in key places around your home.

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