If your home is new, the wiring in your home met the local code requirements and safety standards for normal usage of electric appliances, furnace, and other electrical items normally found in a home. Small appliances that require some personal attendance for proper operation, such as a microwave, may be plugged into any electrical receptacle without the fear of causing the circuit to overload. An electrical receptacle is a simple outlet. Be aware though, buy plugging in large appliances or many smaller appliances on the same circuit could cause the circuit to overload. In the case that a circuit breaker overloads, frequently and you are not the cause, and you need to seek the help of a licensed electrical contractor and learn whether additional wiring is needed.
Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters:
Thankfully, your house comes pre-installed with ground-fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs. All of the receptacles in your kitchen and bathrooms are equipped with GFCIs. The most common place where these safety devices are installed is where small appliances, such as hair dryers, are near an open source of water. Instead of becoming electrocuted by a faulty appliance, or if the appliance is submersed in water, energy is cut within a fraction of a second and the danger is avoided. Be sure to test your GFCI by pressing the “TEST” button monthly.
Moisture and How It Can Be Avoided:
Moisture + electronics = BAD NEWS. The most common place for moisture and electronics to come in contact with each other is in kitchens and bathrooms. When moisture is present in either room, they pose a threat to electrical appliances and to the room itself. A small amount of moisture is fine, but continuous exposure to it will cause problems. If the moisture condensates in appliances, fire risk and faulty operation are soon to follow. If the room is exposed to too much moisture, it could start affecting the paint and woodwork. A simple way to avoid this is to turn on the fan that is located above the cooking space. The same applies for bathrooms. Before taking a shower, be sure to turn on the fan to get rid of the present moisture and the moisture from the shower. By doing this, you will both be saving your electrical appliances and your home.
In the case of a complete power failure, first determine if your neighbors have power. If they do not, notify the power company. If it is only your house, check the master switch and circuit breakers. Identify the extent of the outage and then check all fuses with a flashlight in hand as it may be dark. After that, check all circuit breakers. Some circuit breakers might have tripped but not moved into the tripped direction. Turn all breakers to the off position, and turn them back on one by one. Make sure to check your main breaker switch or fuse, which might be in a different location. Long, skinny, round fuses or blade-type fuses might have a small hole in the center front face, which is a signal that they have blown. If one circuit breaker continues to fail, check to see if you have overloaded the circuit. If not, call an electrician. Failure to fix a short circuit could result in a fire.
Protecting Your Home Appliances against Power Failures:
Surges and power failures claim many electronics in the rush of returning power. Here’s how to protect your home from unpredictable and unannounced power surges. The best way to protect your home is to purchase a surge protection block. This looks like a power strip, but it is bulkier and has the ability to absorb the energy that a surge produces when power returns. For added protection, if the power has been out for some time, go ahead and unplug your surge protector form the outlet. This ensures that none of the appliances connected to the surge protector are affected in case the protector is faulty. Do not unplug unless the power has been out for at least 10 minutes, or else you risk becoming electrocuted.
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