One of the most important things you can do in your home to protect not only the property but your family as well is to have smoke detectors professionally hardwired into your electrical system. Of course, to do this you’ll want to make sure you hire the best professional electricians in Hamilton, OH.
The reason that hardwiring your smoke detectors is such a good idea is because then they can be interconnected, so if one goes off in one room of the home, the others sound their alarm too. This way if you don’t hear it due to sleeping, you’ll be alerted to the danger right away.
But fire safety is about more than just having smoke detectors adequately installed. It’s also about making sure your entire electrical system is in good condition. Below are some electrical services for you to consider, ensuring this is the case.
GFCI and AFCI Outlet Installation
One major threat that electrical issues pose aside from fire danger is electrocution. This can happen where there is a short circuit, which exposes a person to the current. House fires, of course, are another common threat. You can help prevent both of these dangers by installing the right type of outlets throughout your home.
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet is one that monitors the current flowing through it at all times. If the current suddenly begins to flow in a way that it shouldn’t (like into a person) then the GFCI outlet will activate, and cut off all current flowing through it. This is done so quickly that it happens before a harmful amount of electricity ever gets transmitted. These outlets should be installed wherever water is present—so bathrooms, laundry rooms, your kitchen, and poolside if you have outdoor outlets.
An Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) outlet is similar to a GFCI in that it interrupts the current, but it actually helps to protect you against house fires, by monitoring the electrical flow in the system itself. If the AFCI outlet detects any type of malfunction in the circuit, it will break that circuit to prevent further risk.
Electrical Panel Upgrade
The electrical panel of your entire system is an important safety feature. Though it is a sturdy component, it’s important to recognize that even circuit breakers aren’t invulnerable. They should be checked at least once every year or two, and replaced/upgraded every 30-40 years. If you’re living in a home with a very old circuit board, you should definitely have a professional electrician check it out to determine if it should be replaced.
This one isn’t so much for fire safety, but overall safety in your home. In the event of a widespread power outage, a whole-house generator installation will ensure that you’re able to keep the lights on, and safely make your way through your home. It will also ensure that the food in your fridge doesn’t spoil, and if anyone in your family relies on electrically powered medical equipment, they’ll be protected as well.
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