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Expert Electric Blog - electrical safety

What To Look For When Buying A New Home

Purchasing a new home can be both an exciting and stressful experience. While you may like what you see on the outside, we all know that there can be problems hidden behind the walls. When it comes to electrical, not only can improper work cost you lots of money, but it can also be dangerous….

The Importance Of A Ten Year Home Electrical Inspection

When looking for a home a lot of homebuyers flip the light switches, check the outlets, briefly look at the electrical panel, and think that the electrical system is perfectly fine. However, this is not always the case and it is important to have an expert come in for inspection. Your home’s electrical system will…

Too Few Outlets In Your Home?

It seems like everything you buy today requires an electrical outlet. If you find yourself living in an older home or one with out-dated wiring, you could also end up at a loss for power. With electrical outlets spread sparsely around your home, it can be difficult to find enough outlets to plug in a…

Hot Tub & Spa Installation

Having a hot tub or spa at home is a wonderful amenity. But before you have the ability to sit back and relax, there can be a lot of headaches. Proper preparation is required before you position the hot tub and plug it in. Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning…

Why Do My Lights Flicker?

We often get asked by a lot of our customers this question: Why do my lights flicker? Here are a couple of questions you want to ask or observe first to get to a possible resolution. When do the lights flicker? Is it when a large appliance is on, such as air conditioning or heat…

Electrical Safety Checklist for Outdoors

In one of our recent blog articles, we discussed Indoor Electrical Safety and the areas of your home you should be aware of in order to prevent a fire or potential injury. In this article, we will be going over Outdoor Electrical Safety – safety measures that are just as important if not more important…

Indoor Electrical Safety Checklist

Electricity is among one of the many things we have come to take for granted over the years. It is important to recognize that many of our every day activities could potentially be dangerous and may result in a fire or injury. It is recommended to have your home inspected by a professional on a…

Extension Cord Safety

If you are like most families, you probably have an extension cord – if not multiples – around your house. But did you know that these are among the most dangerous electrical appliances in your home? If not used properly or cared for appropriately, an extension cord could be the cause of fatal injuries, electrocutions,…

All About Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)

Since 1980, the GFCI building code requirements have expanded. Previously only used on construction sites, GFCI’s are now required in many different rooms of your home, especially those with moisture – washrooms, kitchens, pool areas, etc.

Electrical Hazards in Older Homes

Approximately 200 electrical fires occur in B.C. each year with a large portion of these fires found in older homes. As sad as it is, it’s understandable. Homes built before 1970 didn’t have the types of technology we have today – not only to build a more sound electrical system but to sustain the types of products we now use on a daily basis (coffee machines, hairdryers, computers, the list goes on). If you live in an older home or are looking at buying one, be aware of these electrical hazards.

  • Wiring older than 30 years old
  • Under 100 amps of power
  • Not equipped with AFCI’s

Wiring – New cables and methods of wiring have been introduced since the building of your old home. These new cables provided ground protection, higher rated insulation temperatures and are suitable for recessed lighting. This eliminates the need for knobs and tubes, which proved to be a fire hazard overtime.  If your wiring is older than 30 years, it is recommended to have an electrician review the safety of your wiring. If caught early, you may be able to simply modify your wiring rather than rewire your entire home.