ST. LOUIS — The Electrical Connection will wrap up work in the coming weeks on 35 low income homes to make them more electrically safe. Electrical Connection volunteers are making the improvements for Rebuilding Together St. Louis. The effort includes than 150 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 1 electricians and 28 electrical contractor members of the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). It is the 14th consecutive year that the IBEW/NECA partnership has supported Rebuilding Together. Since 2003, the partnership has donated more than $825,000 in labor and materials to improve more than 485 homes for low-income, disabled and elderly St. Louisans.
Before the volunteers headed out to begin the home repair initiative on April 29, 2017, Rebuilding Together presented the Electrical Connection with an award for its enduring commitment to the community improvement program. “Quite often electrical issues are the most serious hazard facing the families we serve,” said Dave Ervin, executive director, Rebuilding Together St. Louis. “The Electrical Connection’s ability to identify and correct wiring issues and other hazards is extremely important to make these homes safe.”
Among the many electrical hazards being repaired are ungrounded outlets, extension cords used for permanent wiring, a lack of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) switches and outlets, overloaded panel boxes, open splices, fixtures with charred or burned wires and more. In addition, the volunteers are safely installing needed fixtures including lights and ceiling fans. The Electrical Connection offers the largest number of licensed commercial and residential electrical contractors and skilled electricians in the region with a searchable data base at www.electricalconnection.org. Participating electrical contractors, who are donating service trucks and tools, include
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