May is National Electrical Safety Month and as Electricians it is important, to us, that our clients understand how important Electrical Safety is.
Electricity is a major cause of home fires every year. As each year goes by, Americans continue to use more and more energy in their homes. At the same time, the electrical systems in many existing homes have become outdated, and are unable to handle the demands of today’s electrical appliances and devices.
According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) electrical failures or malfunctions were contributing factors in an estimated 47,700 home structure fires reported in 2011. These fires caused 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. However, fire is not the only danger. Thousands of children and adults are seriously injured and electrocuted annually from electrical hazards in their homes.
New technology such as arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs) are helping to prevent these types of tragedies before they ever occur. Many of these new devices have proven so effective that the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) significantly increased requirements for AFCI and TRR protection in all new homes.
Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) – An AFCI is a new type of circuit breaker which recognizes fire hazards and immediately shuts off the power. Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) –
Tamper resistant receptacles feature an internal shutter mechanism to prevent small children from inserting foreign objects into them. Incorporating recent advances in technology into your home can help reduce the risk of fires and electrocutions. However, we do not recommend you install these in your homes yourselves.
If you are looking for an Electrician in Northern Utah and thinking about updating or adding any of these electrical safety measures into your home or place of business, please give us a call. As licensed electricians it is our job to make sure your electrical work is done safely and correctly.