Moving out on your own is exciting, especially if it's your first time living away from your parents. If this is the first time living on your own, you might not know a lot about electrical issues. Unfortunately, that lack of knowledge can lead to dangerous situations for you. Before you face an electrical emergency, take a look around your new home to see if there are electrical problems that you'll need to take care of. Here's what you should be looking for.
Faulty or Missing GFCI Outlets
The first thing you should do is check your GFCI outlets. If you're not sure what a GFCI outlet, or ground fault circuit interrupter is, it's the safety outlet that should be installed in your bathrooms. The GFCI outlet will shut power off whenever there is a danger of electrocution, such as if your blow dryer falls in a sink of water.
The GFCI should have two buttons; a test button and a reset button. If either of those buttons are missing, or if the outlet is damaged or missing, you should have an electrician come out and replace the outlet.
Loose or Damaged Outlets
You'll also want to inspect the other outlets in your home. Try plugging something into each outlet. The outlets should hold your power cords tightly. If the cord jiggles or falls out, the outlet will need to be replaced before you use it.
While you're inspecting the outlets, look for other types of damage, including scorch marks. Scorch marks are a sign that the outlet has overheated and a fire has almost erupted. If you find scorch marks, be sure you contact an electrician as soon as possible.
Finally, check all of your lights. If you notice any of them flickering, change the light bulbs. If the lights continue to flicker, you may have a problem with the electrical wiring. In addition, you should also watch to see if any lights flicker when you walk across a particular area in the room. This can also be a sign that you have problems with the wiring in your home. You'll need to have an electrician determine the extent of the electrical problem.
Living on your own is exciting. It can also be stressful, especially if you're not prepared for some of the problems you might face. You can prevent potential electrical problems by inspecting your new home. Contact an electrician if you notice any of the issues listed above. For more information, contact Crown Electric Ltd. or a similar company.
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