Whenever hurricane season starts in the southeast or strong blizzards are on the way in the north, hardware stores quickly sell out of generators as people rush out to buy them ahead of the storms. Unfortunately, this is incredibly reckless behavior; not only is it dangerous to connect a generator to your home without the proper safeguards, it's also illegal in most areas. You must have either a transfer switch or an interlock installed in your home before you operate your generator.
It is possible to safely do minor electrical repairs around your home, such as replacing a switch or working on an electrical device, if you take the right safety precautions before you begin working. Here are four safety steps you should always take before doing an electrical repair.
#1 Unplug All Electrical Devices
First, you need to unplug the electrical device that you are going to be working on. If you are going to work on a switch or outlet, make sure you unplug all electrical devices that are connected to the switch or outlet that you will be working on.
If the electrical system in a property you have purchased isn't up to code a certificate of occupancy will not be issued. What this means is that no one will be able to occupy your new property until you get an electrical contractor to sign off on all repairs. Homes with chronic electrical problems may not even be safe for you or other types of contractors to enter until the repairs are complete.
When it comes to electrical problems, you cannot ignore any of them. However, there are some electrical issues that may be a warning sign that they could be worse than others. You will want to know the signs of these issues so you will know that it is time to locate a local emergency electrician. After all, you will not want to ignore these signs of electrical trouble because they could cause you to lose your home while putting your lives at risk:
The electrical system in your home should be in top condition to ensure everything is safe. Even small problems can be a safety hazard that can lead to fire or electrical shocks. If you aren't sure how to tell if there are issues with your wiring, the following guide can help.
#1: Flickering and surges
One of the most obvious signs of an electrical problem is that your lights tend to flicker or your home experiences frequent power surges.