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Trusted Regina Electrician Shares a TIP about Common Circuit Breaker Issues.

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Why Do My Breakers Keep Tripping?

There are a variety of causes that could trigger a circuit breaker. Some of these causes are fairly harmless but others could be putting your home in danger. For this reason, it is important to know the common causes of a tripped circuit.



Breakers can trip for a variety of reasons, and it is always important to know the cause of a tripped breaker. If your breakers are continuously switching, make sure that you contact an electrician. Some of the most common causes of tripped circuits include:

Overloaded Circuits

The most common cause of a tripped circuit breaker is an overloaded circuit. Circuit breakers are designed to trip when too much power is being drawn, as this can cause overheating and lead to a fire or damage all of the electrical devices plugged into the circuit. When something is plugged in that draws too much power or when multiple appliances are plugged in that overload the circuit, the breaker trips. If your breakers are tripping, check to see what is plugged in. 

Problematic devices could include vacuums, air conditioners, space heaters, hairdryers, and corded tools.


Short Circuits

A short circuit occurs when a hot or live wire comes in contact with a neutral wire somewhere in the circuit. This usually occurs at an outlet, light fixture, or switch. Short circuits can be incredibly dangerous, as they create massive amounts of heat. 

Short circuits are the most common cause of electrical fires.


Ground Fault Surges

Similar to short circuits, ground fault surges occur when two wires cross when they are not supposed to. When a hot or live wire comes into contact with a ground wire, the edge of the box, or any other grounded source more power than the circuit can handle will begin to flow through the system and a ground fault surge occurs. 

If not handled properly, this can lead to electrical fires and electrocution, so a licensed electrician should always be called.

If you are ever uncertain about a potential electrical issue in you home please contact Active Electric and one of their qualified professionals would be happy to come out and take a look.  They Also provide Free quotes! 


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Expert Electric Blog - Common Causes of a Tripped Circuit - October 3, 2019

Trusted Regina Electrician shares Shocking Home Electrical Fire Statistics

Shocking Home Electrical Fire Statistics:

 

 

• 79 percent of home electrical fires spread beyond their point of origin. 

• 39 percent of home electrical fires involve lighting and electrical distribution and power transfer equipment (electrical panels, circuit breakers, transfer switches, disconnects, etc.) 

• Home electrical fires result in an estimated 280 deaths annually. 

• Fire departments across the U.S. respond to an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires every year, treating over 1,000 burn-related injuries. 

• Each year, electrical fires cause over a billion dollars in property loss, which average a far greater dollar loss per fire than those that are non-electrical. 

 

Protect Your Home and Family with These Electrical Fire Safety Tips:

 

• Don’t overload outlets. 

• Never utilize extension cords as a permanent wiring solution. Have an outlet added and utilize certified surge protectors and power strips. 

• Use the correct wattage light bulb in every fixture. 

• Replace electrical wires that show signs of wear-and-tear. This includes electrical devices. 

• Use extreme caution when operating appliances near water. 

• Keep flammable items away from heat sources. 

• Ensure your dryer and all venting is lint-free.

• Have your home electrical inspected every 10 years at a minimum.

 

 

If You Have Children, Follow These Electrical Fire Safety Tips:

 

Note: Children are at an increased risk for electrical burns due to their ignorance and curiosity.

 

• Use covers on every electrical outlet. 

• Teach children never to touch electrical outlets or play with cords.

• Keep electrical cords and appliances out of reach of children. Unplug those that are. 

• Teach older children the dangers of operating electrical devices near wet areas. 

• Upgrade to child safe outlets throughout your home. 

• Install GFCIs in every outlet near a water source.

 

 

If You Have Any of the following Fire Safety Issues, Contact a Qualified Mr. Electric® Professional Immediately:

 

• Fuses or circuit breakers that repeatedly blow or trip. 

• Flickering lights. 

• Outlets or switches that are warm or hot to the touch. 

• Cracked or broken wall outlets. 

• Outlets that emit sparks. 

• Burning rubber type odors emanating from appliances.

 

 

Fire safety starts with you! Spread the word and get the information you need to keep your family and your home safe from electrical fire risks.

 


Trusted Regina Electrician shares a tip on Commercial Energy Savings and Audits

Commercial Energy Savings and Audits:

Don’t let unnecessary energy costs take a chunk out of your bottom line. Each year more and more businesses think smart by making the switch to energy efficient electric solutions.

 

A commercial electrical energy audit can help:

  • Reduce unnecessary energy consumption and increase profits.
  • Provide more stable temperatures.
  • Increase lighting quality.
  • Improve safety.
  • Ensure a more secure energy future for Canada.
  • Add function and style to your business.
  • Protect the environment from fossil fuel pollution.

 

Solar Energy Systems

Solar powered energy solutions lower energy costs as well as help protect the environment. From stand-alone off-the-grid systems to grid-connected and backup power solutions, learn more about how solar energy can work for your business.

Energy Saving Lighting Solutions

Commercial operations utilize and rely on lighting far more than their residential counterparts. 

 

Wireless Lighting Controls

Wireless lighting solutions put automation, metering, costs, and convenience in your hands – literally – with the help of remote controls, automation, and smart device apps.

 


Trusted Regina Electrician shares a tip on Home Electrical Safety and Security

Home Electrical Safety and Security:

How safe is the electrical wiring in your home? Is your property and family at risk? When it comes to electrical safety, ignorance is not bliss. 

Electrical safety and security in your home starts with a proactive approach.

ESFI President Brett C. Brenner believes “knowledge can save your life.” The Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) reports an estimated 10,500 unintentional residential electrical fires annually. These fires result in an average of over $390 million in property loss, 170 deaths, and 480 injuries every year. Making yourself aware of the signs and symptoms of electrical problems and electrical deficiencies in your home can prevent these unnecessary risks to your home and family.

Electrical Outlets

Ensure your home has the right electrical outlets that meet current code standards. From tamper-resistant, childproof outlets to specialty outlets such as GFCIs for increased safety in water-prone locations, the right outlet for the job is essential to the safety of your family, appliances, and home.

CO Detectors and Smoke Detectors

Maintaining your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are two of the easiest things you can do to ensure your safety at home. Remembering to change the batteries and test them regularly are easy habits to put off, but put safety first and make them part of your regular home maintenance routine, along with changing your air filters and scheduling an annual electrical inspection. 

Wiring Upgrades

Older wiring is potentially hazardous and should be kept well-maintained and updated on a regular basis. Knob and tube wiring is the oldest variety. If you have any in your home and it has been altered over the years, it is time to consider rewiring your house. Original, untouched knob and tube wiring is safe, but you should have it inspected to determine its stability over the long-term.

Motion Sensors

Security on the exterior of your home is an important feature, not only for you but also for visitors approaching your doors after dark. Motion sensors save time and money over traditional exterior lights controlled by a switch.

Home Standby Generators

Having a home standby generator on hand is a good idea for everyone, but especially for people in areas prone to severe weather and power outages.

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 Note: To protect yourself from surges that originate within the house, it is a good idea to take extra precaution and continue to use power.

Trusted Regina Electrician shares a tip on Child Proof Outlets

Child Proof Outlets:

 
It is important to protect children with tamperproof outlets all throughout your home, as outlets are tempting toys for unsuspecting children. Sticking fingers or foreign objects into sockets puts them at risk of being shocked or burned. 

Is my child at risk of injury?

This year over 2,400 kids will be injured by placing metal objects into electrical outlets.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that over 95% of these injuries will involve burns. These burns range in severity, but many result in serious, even fatal injuries. Even minor injuries can leave a child emotionally traumatized. It is important to note that pediatric burns are more serious than adult burns because their skin is thin and offers little resistance to electric flow or heat. For this reason infant and toddler burns leave more serious burns and scars. Alarmingly 70% of the time adult supervision is present when an injury occurs. It only takes a second for a child to find danger by sticking a metal object or their finger into an outlet.
 

 

Do all child proof outlets work?

Unfortunately some of the products that claim to protect your children have not only proven to be unreliable, but have become a hazard themselves. The plastic plugs you push into the socket can be removed and if inserted into the mouth, can become a choking hazard. In addition, some “tamper proof” outlets don’t fully close the openings to the outlet and a child could still push something like a safety pin in the hole and experience an electrical shock. There are even some products that require you to screw the plugs in place. This is not only inconvenient, it presents a fire hazard.

Can injuries be prevented?

Injuries can be prevented by installing appropriate tamper resistant outlets. Tamper resistant outlets have been so successful at preventing injuries that the 2008 National Electrical Code requires them to be installed in all new homes. If you home is older, you can easily meet safety code by adding child proof outlets throughout your home.

What does a child proof outlet look like?

Click here for a virtual demonstration of tamper-resistant outlets from ESFI.

What do children put in electrical outlets? 

Hairpin - 32%
Keys - 17%
Finger - 12%
Pin, wire, screw or nail - 11%
Plug - 11%
Unidentified - 8%
Paper clip or staple - 5%
Tool (i.e., tweezer, file or knife) - 3%
Jewelry or belt buckle - 1%

Childproofing your outlets is one precaution you can’t afford not to take. Don’t let your children’s natural curiosity lead to an emotional trauma – or worse. Safeguard your home with childproof outlets today!


Note: To protect yourself from surges that originate within the house, it is a good idea to take extra precaution and continue to use power strip/surge protectors for extra sensitive or expensive devices.

 


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