According to the National Electrical Safety Foundation (NESF), faulty electrical equipment accounts for 41,000 residential fires and over $620 million in property damage. In almost all of these cases, homeowners could have prevented these fires with proper electrical maintenance and upgrades.
Harrison Electric is committed to keeping your home safe by offering safety solutions that prevent fires and electrocution. We offer home inspections and electrical upgrades for homeowners in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. By taking a few simple precautions, you can partner with us to keep your home and family safe.
To schedule an electrical inspection, contact us today. We are here to help!
What are the Main Electrical Safety Issues in Your Home?
Any time electricity enters your home, there is always a threat of fire. Electrocution and fire prevention starts by identifying the main causes of each. Some of the leading electrical safety issues include:
Electrocution usually happens when someone in the home uses an electronic device around water. It can also occur when someone plugs a device into an outlet and sparks fly.
Fires are caused by a surge of power in the electrical wiring. If the wiring is old or damaged, it doesn’t take much to ignite a fire. Fires can also occur if any of the electrical components are defective or damaged.
Power surges can originate from utility company power grid switching, lightning storms, or a surge of electricity when an electronic device or appliance kicks on.
If you have an older furnace in your home, it could be leaking carbon monoxide. If it goes undetected, it could be harmful or fatal.
Practical Home Electrical Safety Solutions
Harrison Electric can help you reduce the chances of a fire or electrocution occurring in your home by offering some practical, simple solutions that make a huge difference. Some of the ways we can help include:
Although GFCI devices have been around since the 1960s, many older homes still don’t have them. They are designed to prevent fires by cutting off the circuits when it detects overloaded wires. AFCI devices function in the same way. The only main difference is that AFCIs are located in breakers or receptacles.
Smoke detectors save lives. They can also keep a small fire from turning into a more destructive fire. However, many homeowners, neglect the smoke detectors in the house. Consequently, they may not work if the batteries are dead, the device is damaged, or the wiring is loose.
Although individual surge protection units are available, we recommend installing whole house surge protectors on the electrical panel. Surge protectors protect the entire electrical system from any type of surge caused by lighting, appliances turning on, or any other causes of surges.
Home Electrical Safety Inspections
There is a wide range of problems that can arise when you fail to take precautions against fires and electrocution. Other than living in a hazardous environment, failure to install and maintain a safe electrical system can void your warranty, revoke your insurance coverage, prevent you from selling your home, and result in a code violation.
Harrison Electric offers comprehensive home inspections that cover all the components listed above, as well as other components such as your panel, junction boxes, regular outlets, and the wiring in your home. If we find any issues, we will report them to and make recommendations on what you need to do to correct the problem.
Electrical Repairs and Upgrades in Minneapolis, Minnesota
If you need electrical repairs or replacement, or a home inspection, contact Harrison Electric. We can help you make your home a safer place to live. We offer 24/7 emergency service in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the surrounding area.
To schedule service, call us at at (763) 544-3300, or you can message us at firstname.lastname@example.org.