Electrical safety hazards put you, your family, and your property at risk, and a qualified electrician from Home Furniture, Plumbing & Heating can help to protect you.

Electrical Dangers

You could be exposed to one or more of the following electrical dangers if your home’s electrical system is not safe.

  • Injury, falls, burns, or death from electric shock
  • Fried electronics due to incorrect voltage or a power surge
  • House fires
  • Explosions

Examples of Electrical Hazards that Might Be In Your Home

Many people feel a false sense of security against electrical danger in their home simply because they are unaware of the number of hazards that could be lurking there. Just because nothing has ever happened before doesn’t mean that you’re not at risk. Your home could be a ticking time bomb for sparks, fire, or someone getting electrocuted. Make a careful analysis of your entire home, looking for any of the following electrical hazards.

  • Obvious electrical problems
    • Frequent tripped breakers
    • Frequent power outages
    • Broken switches
    • Flickering lights
    • Wiring that smells funny
  • Damaged or worn electrical parts
  • Switches or outlets that are not working properly
    • Warm or hot to the touch
    • Discolored
    • Making crackling, buzzing, or sizzling sounds
    • Outlets that plugs do not fit snugly into
  • Outlets that fail to protect you from common types of harm
    • Outlets that children can stick foreign objects into (replace with a TRR outlet, see below)
    • Outlets that allow electrical arcs, increasing your risk of house fire (replace with an AFCI outlet)
    • Outlets that fail to protect from electric shock if water comes into contact with the outlet (replace with a GFCI outlet)
    • 2-prong outlets that aren’t grounded
    • Rooms that don’t have enough outlets
  • Obsolete equipment
  • Insufficient electricity for the electronics in your home
  • Incorrectly labeled circuit breakers or fuse boxes
  • Circuit breakers and fuses that are not the correct size
  • Extension cords
    • Octopus connections (several items plugged into one outlet)
    • Using extension cords as permanent wiring
    • Using extension cords to plug in space heaters or air conditioners
    • Using light duty extension cords for heavy-duty tasks
    • Cords that feel warm
    • Modified cords (e.g. cords whose ground prongs have been removed)
    • Cords that are frayed, cracked, pinched, or pierced
    • Cords that are not getting enough air (i.e. due to being covered with a rug or coiled extremely tightly)
    • Cords that have exposed wiring
    • Cords that pose a tripping hazard
  • Power supply is not grounded
  • Lack of ground-fault protection
  • Insulation breaks
  • Short circuits
  • Lack of protection against electrical hazards from storms or severe weather

The best way to ensure that you’re protected is to have a qualified electrician conduct an inspection and analysis of your home and identify any areas that could pose a danger of harm. From there, you can receive an estimate and make the decision whether to go forward with your recommended electrical safety upgrades.

Services We Provide

Our electricians in Kankakee are qualified to perform all kinds of electrical safety work, including the following:

  • Electrical safety inspection and analysis
  • Repair of faulty wiring
  • Installation of whole-home surge protection
  • Installation and testing of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) – outlets that reduce the risk of fire from damaged, overheated, or stressed electrical wiring
  • Installation and testing of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) – outlets that should be used in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry areas, garages, outdoors, or any area where water may come into contact with electrical products
  • Installation and testing of Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) – outlets that help to protect children from shocks and burns caused by inserting foreign objects into the slots of the outlet
  • Installation, repair, or replacement of your home’s main electrical panel or circuit breaker box
  • Installation of additional outlets or circuits to handle the load that you’re pulling

Contact Us Today for Electrical Safety Services

When you need an electrician to keep you, your family, and your home safe, we are standing by ready to serve you. Contact us by giving us a call at (815) 220-5331 today.