Electrical Safety Tips

Electricity is an ‘invisible danger’ that can result in shocks, burns or even death; not to mention damage to property from fires and explosions.  Electrical failure is one of the major causes of structural fires.  It is important to assure that all necessary precautions are taken to reduce the risk of damage, injury or death as the result of an electrical failure and/or accident.

From our Service Department, here are a few tips we suggest you to know to keep you and your home safe:

  1. Extension cords – Do not use extension cords in incorrect settings, such as  indoor rated cords on outside outlets. Make sure your extension cords are in proper condition and used in the environment they are rated for. Do not attempt to re-wire or fix damaged cords.
  2. Surge protection is a must! – We encourage you to invest in surge protection. That includes point-of-use local surge protection plugs or strips, and whole home surge protection at your electrical panel to protect your major appliances. You can read more about our whole home surge protection here: https://pikeselectric.com/protection-from-power-surges/ 
  3. Don’t hesitate to call a professional! If you have a circuit with no power, or encounter a random electrical outage, spark, electrical smell, or anything out of the ordinary, do not attempt to resolve on your own! We encourage you to call our office. Even after normal business hours, we have an emergency technician on call on nights, weekends, and holidays to assist you.

Periodic inspection and testing is prudent because electrical installations may deteriorate over time due to factors such as damage, wear and tear, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, aging and environmental influences. If you recently acquired a new residence, you need to insure that that all of the electrical installations are safe. Most homes go through a process of inspection prior to sale of the residence. If you have an inspection report with electrical remarks for repairs we would be happy to review it! Our Service Department can explain to you the next steps to get the issues resolved and quote you for the repairs.

We are here to help! Give us a call! – (352) 748-6251