May is National Electrical Safety Month

How Safe is Your Home?

May is National Electrical Safety Month and REFCorp wants to help your home be as safe as possible!  Throughout this month we’ll be sharing experiences, tips, and various facts to help you achieve electrical safety and peace of mind.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration/FEMA there are roughly 25,900 electrical fires in homes each year!  280 lives have been lost, 1,000+ people have been injured and over $1 billion in damage and loss has occurred due to in home electrical fires.

Today we wanted to share with you a recent discovery.  When out on service calls we routinely inspect wiring for safety, and on a recent service call our technicians discovered these damaged wires in a residential electrical box.  This was not the reason we were called out to the home – but if we hadn’t been out there this problem would have persisted and​could easily have resulted in an electrical fire.

The picture below shows the heat generated by a loose connection was enough to melt the insulation (rated at 194 Degrees Fahrenheit). ​This type of hidden danger is why it is so important to have a licensed and experienced electrician ​do all electrical work in your home. Electricity can be funny stuff. You can connect it in a way that everything works, but is not safe. You may not know until years later if someone did a sub-standard job. REF Corp is licensed, bonded, and insured. Our skilled technicians receive continuing education and are professionals in their trade.

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References

www.USFA.FEMA.gov

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