As summer winds down, here’s a look some electrical safety tips to keep in mind...
Outdoor Decks – They are great entertainment spaces, but be sure the wiring is safe. Most jurisdictions require permit to add a deck and any unsafe overhead electric drops that are low enough to be a hazard to anyone on the deck will fail inspection. So will outdoor receptacles installed with the wrong weatherproof cover and outdoor light fixtures installed without the required electrical box. Hire a professional electrical contractor who knows the code in your region.
Avoiding Electrical Wiring when Hanging a Picture – Know that electrical wiring typically runs either vertically, up and down the side of a stud or horizontally. Avoid drilling or nailing above a receptacle or light switch. Use a stud finder to locate a wall stud to firmly anchor the picture support.
Trees and Power Lines – After a season of growth and storms, trees and their limbs may endanger power lines. Trimming trees near power lines is not a “do it yourself” job. Typically, the utility provider is responsible for clearing trees and limbs from main power lines. You may be responsible for service connections to your home. That work requires a licensed and experienced electrical contractor.As always, you can search our data base of licensed and experience electrical contractors to ensure any electrical work is done safely and will pass inspection.