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Electrical Outlets

Electrical Outlet Upgrades Your Home May Need

Electrical upgrades include changing out the old outlets and replacing them with new outlets. Harrison Electric offers complete electrical outlet upgrades and repairs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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GFCI and AFCI: What’s the Difference?

As a homeowner, you may be unaware of what GFCI or AFCI electrical outlets are - much less what they stand for. Although both of these types of outlets perform essentially the same function - controlling the flow of current in an electrical system - they do not operate in the same manner.

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How to Babyproof Your Home

Every parent wants their home to be a safe and happy place for their baby to explore. But the truth is a modern home can be a hazardous place for an adventurous toddler. Electricity is an unavoidable element of modern life, and every home is filled with appliances, outlets, and electrical cords that can be dangerous for little ones.

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What Appliance Should You Assign to a Dedicated Circuit?

Appliances are part of our daily lives. Are you tripping breakers as you use yours each day? If a breaker is tripping often, there could be a problem with wiring. Dedicated circuits are required by the National Electric Code (NED), who establishes the foundation for electrical safety. Harrison Electric can help you install dedicated circuits for your appliances. A residential electrician understands and can help you determine what appliance you should assign to a dedicated circuit.

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The Little Blue Electrical Outlet Spark: Is it Dangerous?

You’ve probably noticed the tiny blue spark that occurs whenever you plug or unplug a gadget from an electrical outlet. In most cases the sparks are harmless. If the sparks increase in size or severity, however, it may be time for you to call Harrison Electric. A certified electrician can inspect your wall outlets or appliances to determine what the problem is. Below are some of the reasons why you see blue sparks and how hazardous they may or may not be.

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How do You Know When to Upgrade Your Outlets?

The electrical outlet is the contact point between your device or appliance and the wiring throughout the home. If the connection is secure, you’ll get plenty of electricity to power your equipment. If it’s weak, you may suffer from electric shock, an electrical fire, or a power surge. In any case, we need to inspect the outlets in your home every one to two years to make sure they are in condition and working correctly. Upon inspection, we may need to upgrade the receptacles to newer, safer models. Here are three things we assess:

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Do You Need Dedicated Circuits in Your Home?

Are the appliances in your home set up to operate efficiently and safely? One of the ways you can tell is if you trip a breaker when you have too many electronic devices running at the same time. This could be a sign that you need an electrical upgrade to one or more dedicated circuits in your home. Harrison Electric Offers dedicated circuit installation if you need a circuit breaker fixed or replaced. Let’s take a closer look at dedicated circuits and how they can benefit your home.

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Are Your Outlets Childproof?

For most parents, childproofing an electrical system includes purchasing a few plastic covers and plugging them into electrical outlets. Some curious children, however, have learned how to break that code and pull the covers off. Thankfully, there are safer options out there. Below, we explore three main types of outlet covers that are available for your home and how we can keep your child safe during their earliest years.

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Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge

Kidde has recently recalled fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to their failure to discharge when used. The failure has already led to one death. The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

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5 Types of Electrical Outlet Upgrades

Are you tired of your electrical outlets shorting out? Then it’s time for you to get some upgrades. Harrison Electric offers five solutions for updating the electrical outlets in your home. Let’s take a closer look at each upgrade and how it benefits your entire electrical system.

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