Trim Electric, Inc Educates Consumers about Home Safety Technology as Part of National Electrical Safety Month
Minor improvements to the home provide major safety benefits
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Contact: Cesar Arzayus
Houston, TX—May is National Electrical Safety Month, and Trim Electric, Inc is joining with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety.
In addition to the overarching campaign theme of emerging technologies and the electrical hazards associated with them, ESFI is reminding consumers about the importance of home safety devices that provide safety enhancements without requiring major renovations. These devices include arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), and tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs).
- An arc fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed electrical wiring or devices.
- Arcing faults are one of the major causes of the more than 50,000 home electrical fires that occur each year in the United States.
- AFCIs replace standard circuit breakers in the home’s electrical service panel and provide a higher level of electrical fire protection by detecting hazardous arcing conditions and shutting down the electricity before a fire can start.
- While AFCIs were originally only required to protect bedroom circuits, the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) requires that this technology be installed in additional areas of the home, including dining rooms and living rooms.
- Although the new safety requirements apply to newly constructed homes, older homes with aging wiring systems can also benefit from the added protection provided by AFCIs.
- AFCIs should only be installed or replaced by a licensed, qualified electrician
- AFCIs must be tested monthly to ensure they are working properly.
- A GFCI is a device designed to protect people from shock and electrocution
- GFCIs constantly monitor electricity flowing in a circuit, and quickly switch off power if they sense any loss of current.
- GFCIs could prevent over two-thirds of home electrocutions that occur each year according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
- GFCIs can be installed at the main service panel, in place of standard electrical outlets, or can be used as a portable device.
- Typically, GFCIs are installed in areas where water and electricity are in close proximity, such as the bathroom, garage, kitchen, and basement.
- GFCIs should be tested monthly, as they can be damaged as a result of voltage surges from lightning, utility switching or normal usage.
- While GFCIs should be installed by a licensed electrician, portable GFCIs require no tools to install.
Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs)
- TRRs look just like ordinary outlets, but are designed with spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that close off the receptacle openings, or slots.
- When equal pressure is simultaneously applied to both sides, the receptacle cover plates open to allow the standard plug to make contact with the receptacle contact points
- Without simultaneous pressure, the cover plates remain closed, preventing insertion of foreign objects and protecting your children from painful, traumatic electrical injuries.
- Every year in the United States, more than 2,400 children under ten years old are treated in hospital emergency rooms for electric shock or burns caused by tampering with a wall outlet, which could be prevented by installing TRRs in the home.
- Tamper resistant receptacles have proven to be so effective that the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC) requires installation of TRRs in all new homes.
- TRRs should be installed by a licensed, qualified electrician.
Trim Electric, Inc has been providing electrical repair services to Houston and surrounding areas since 1978. Trim electric does Residential, Commercial, Industrical and Solar electric work. Just recently Trim Electric was recognized by the Better Business Bureau with the 2012 Pinnacle Award. For more information about Trim Electric or to schedule service work or an estimate please visit www.trimelectric.com or call us at 281-376-3838.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and electrical safety, visit www.electrical-safety.org.