Residential, Commercial and Industrial Electrical Contractor in Metro Atlanta GA - Speedy Electric, Electrical Installation Service and Repair
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We all know that a huge number of deaths and injuries happen in the USA. In fact, a goodly number of properties get destroyed by fires caused by electrical fires. A lot of electrocutions have caused nearly 400 deaths while residential fires result in around 500 deaths annually. Billions of dollars worth of properties have been razed to the ground due to fires that have originated from electrical issues.
The demand for better and more advanced electrical products continue to increase yet there is still the issue of improper installation being done on electrical wirings at home or in commercial areas. The lack of information is one reason why we continue to see negative occurrences related to electrical issues and changing demographics present growing educational challenges, as well as information dissemination, literacy and language barriers. It is very important to understand the importance of having good electrical system at home in order to better protect your home and your family. Electrical contractors in Metro Atlanta provide some information on how we can prevent disasters such as fires from destroying our properties.
- Make sure to install extension cords in places where there is free air; therefore, always have them out in open spaces and never covered. Never overload them either. Follow the prescribed number of watts allowed for the extension cord as these are just temporary solutions for wiring.
- Watch out for bulbs that give out flickering lights, or those that work sporadically and seem to pose minor electrical problems. When you detect these, have an electrical contractor in Atlanta check them. If overlooked, this can lead to bigger dangers that can harm your safety and your investments.
- If you smell burning rubber or plastic and can feel heat emanating from electrical components, there might be something amiss and should therefore trigger an investigation from you. Even a slight sizzling or humming coming from your electrical components is not a good sign. Get an expert electrician to check your electrical system.
- Always know where the breaker panel and the main shut-off to the electrical system is mounted so you can shut down the entire system from there in case you detect something is wrong.
- Don't utilize multi-plug sockets such as plugging your entertainment system on top of the other. This is potential fire hazard.
- Keep electrical equipments away from sight and out of reach of children. Also position them a safe distance from tubs and sinks. Whenever there are frayed electrical cords, have them replaced immediately. If you just mend them, you are just playing with fire!
Hiring electrical contractors in Metro Atlanta is a necessary move especially when involved in a home remodeling, new construction, or major renovation on existing buildings. The usual reasons why we hire electrical contractors is for their expert knowledge as well as available equipment that are necessary when it comes to panels and switchgear, lighting fixtures, the switches and power cord-connected electrical appliances, as well as the elaborate system of wiring to make all these operate properly. We also turn to them for electrical emergencies we meet in our Atlanta homes.
Electrical hazards are responsible for hundred of deaths and thousands of injuries each year in the U.S. Property damage, the result of residential electrical fires, is estimated at $1.6 billion annually.
- Nearly 400 deaths are attributed to work place electrocutions
- Residential electrical fires are blames for over 500 deaths
- Approximately 4,000 workplace injuries are due to electrical hazards
- Home electrical fires cause about 6,000 injuries
- 140,000 home fires are related to electricity
- Residential electrical fires cause over $1.6 billion in property damage
Market and demographic trends illustrate the persistence of the gap between electrical safety knowledge and safe practices:
- Growing demand for electrical products
- People at home and in the workplace fail to recognize and address electrical hazards
- Globalization creates product safety challenges with codes and compliance.
- Aging home structures add to the safety challenge
- Changing demographics present growing educational challenges, including literacy and language barriers
Understanding what's involved in your home's electrical system is the first step in protecting your home from potential electrical problems. But there are other steps homeowners can take to further ensure the safety of their families and homes. For example:
- Never put a higher-watt bulb in your lighting fixtures than is recommended by the manufacturer. This can burn up the fixture's wiring, leading to a fire hazard.
- Never cover up extension cords with furniture, floor coverings or window treatments. Extension cords are rated for use in free air. Avoid overloading extension cords. Just because there are six receptacles doesn't mean you should plug something into every one. Extension cords are rated for a specific number of watts. Make sure the items plugged into the cord do not exceed this rating. A last note on extension cords: They are meant to be a temporary-not permanent-solution for wiring. Do not use them on a continual basis.
- Flickering lights, outlets that work sporadically, circuit breakers that frequently trip, loose wall outlets, bulbs that blow out frequently-all of these are indications of minor electrical problems. If these problems are not monitored and rectified, they can lead to bigger dangers. They also may be indications of more serious electrical mishaps, such as improper wiring or poor grounding.
- In addition to these visual signs, be alert for the smell of burning rubber or plastic, the feel of heat coming from electrical components, or the sound of sizzling or humming coming from electrical components. These, too, are indications that something is amiss with your electrical system.
- Know the location of the breaker panel and the main shut-off to the electrical system. Labeling in the control panel should identify each circuit breaker's circuit. The main shut-off may be located outside at the meter. If something is amiss with the system, everything can be shut down here. Panels need to be accessible.
- Avoid using multi-plug sockets. Check behind your TV. Are the VCR, CD player, cable box, stereo and tape deck all plugged into each other? Before you add that video game ask yourself, "Am I playing with fire?"
- Keep flammable materials away from lamps and heaters. Place electric heaters away from well-traveled areas where someone might trip and fall.
- Place electrical appliances a safe distance from tubs and sinks.
- Check electrical cords for worn spots or frayed wires. Don't mend it; replace it! Homemade repairs are a common source of fires.
Now that you know the basics, you'll be better equipped to keep your home wired and working well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive. If you have a question that is not addressed below please contact us and we will be happy to address any questions or concerns you have about your electrical service.
What can I do to reduce my business energy costs?
Office buildings in the U.S. spend an annual average of $1.34 per square foot on electricity and 18 cents per square foot on natural gas. In a typical office building, lighting, heating, and cooling represent between 54 and 71% of total use depending on climate, making those systems the best targets for energy savings.
Why do my lights dim when my air conditioner starts?
There may be a loose connection somewhere on the circuit or the circuit is overloaded.
Do my smoke detectors ever need to be changed?
Yes, even hard wired smoke detectors should be changed every ten years.
What is a carbon-monoxide detector and why do I need one?
Massachusetts law now requires all homes to have carbon-monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide is very hazardous and dangerous gas which comes from oil burners or other heat units.
When are carbon-monoxide detectors required?
They are required in all homes by March 31, 2006.
Where should carbon-monoxide detectors be installed?
In every bedroom and on every floor.
Is my 100 amp service adequate?
It all depends on what size load you have added since the service was installed. An electrician should be called to evaluate it.
Should I get a generator for my home?
Yes, any home or business that is prone to power outages should have some kind of backup power source.
Will my electric bill go down if I upgrade my service?
It is hard to say but in most cases there is a reduction in the electric bill due to the new installation, tighter connections, and balance of power. The amount of savings depends on your monthly electric bill.
What are some simple things I can do around the house to save on my electricity bill?
Change all your bulbs to fluorescent bulbs, change your thermostats to programmed thermostats, have an electrician check your meter socket and circuit panel to be sure all your connections are correct and tight, at times your electrical service should be replaced if old or degraded which would also save money. At times interior wiring may need to be upgraded also.
What is the difference between soft white, daylight and compact fluorescent bulbs for light quality and energy efficiency?
Compact fluorescent lights are the most efficient. Soft white and daylight are color shades that fluorescent bulbs emit. Soft white is a gentle shade of light whereas daylight is just what it says, it's like being outside in the day light. Light quality from fluorescent is a lower level of light force than incandescent.
Can I use an extension cord to run my swimming pool?
No, this is a major hazard and should never be considered.
Do I need Ground fault outlets in my garage?
Yes, they are required in garages, outside, kitchens, bathrooms, pools, hot tubs, and any area subject to cause electric shock.
I have 2 prong outlets in my home. What will it take to change them to 3 prong?
A GFCI outlet can replace a 2 prong outlet as long as it is properly marked for no ground or a separate ground wire can be run from the outlet to a water pipe and attached to the ground screw on the 3 prong outlet.
Can I use multiple power strips on my electronic equipment?
As long as they aren't overloaded. A better solution is to install a separate circuit to supply power to all of your equipment which will provide better protection.
Are all extension cords the same?
No, the lower the wire gauge # the better the cord. For instance a 14 gauge cord can handle a heaver load than a 16 gauge cord.