How to Know If I Need an Electrical Panel Replacement

By Electrician Springdale,

Electrical Panel Replacement

Knowing if it is time for an electrical panel replacement is not as easy as it seems, but there can be a few indicators that it might be time to check it out. But first, let’s cover the basics of electrical panels.

An electrical panel, also known as a circuit breaker box or an electrical box, is a metal box that contains your home’s circuit breaker switches. The switches can turn off or “trip” when a power surge is detected, or you can turn them off manually. 

Each switch controls the electrical current to a specific part of your home. For example, there are switches for kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and more. 

You probably repair or replace electrical components like outlets and wires regularly. But an electrical panel might go under the radar. It isn’t used very often and is built to last many years. 

However, an electrical panel will need replacing eventually. 

Here at Mister Sparky Electric, we’ve found answers to some of your most pressing questions regarding electrical panel replacement. 

If an electrical emergency arises and you need help, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Mister Sparky Electric! 

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How to Know If I Need an Electrical Panel Replacement

When should I replace my electrical panel? 

At Mister Sparky, we recommend that you replace your electrical panel every 25 years. If you have a panel that’s 25 years old but it seems to function correctly, we recommend having a licensed electrician inspect it for you. 

Another good time to have an electrician inspect your electrical panel is when you move into a new home. You might not know exactly how old the electrical panel is, so having an electrician inspect it for you will tell you if it needs replacing or not. 

Can I replace my electrical panel myself? 

While testing an electrical panel is relatively simple, replacing one is not. However, if you are qualified, experienced, and licensed to work on electrical components in homes, you could replace an electrical panel. 

But if you’re not, you should call a professional. 

Where are electrical panels located? 

You can often find electrical panels in a house in a garage, laundry room, or basement. In an apartment, they can be anywhere except in bathrooms or closets. 

What is an electrical panel upgrade? 

An electrical panel upgrade, also known as a main panel upgrade (MPU), is a panel replacement. You ‘upgrade’ the old one with a new box and new breakers. 

A replacement is an excellent time to increase the amperage of your box, too. You should consider upgrading if you want to add some large appliances to your home or heavy machinery. 

Is it worth upgrading my electrical panel? 

Old electrical panels are the leading cause of electrical fires. So, having an old panel is a fire hazard to you, your family, and your home. 

Upgrading can be a worthwhile investment to help ensure safety from electrical fires. 

How much is a new electrical panel for houses? 

The cost of a new electrical panel depends on the amperage. Panels that can handle 100 amps start at around $850. Expect 200-amp panels to cost anywhere from $1,300 to $2,500. 

A 400-amp panels costs between $2,000 and $4,000. Low-amp subpanels start at $500. 

Older homes typically require more amperage than modern homes. (All figures are industry estimates. Price may vary depending on location.) 

How many amps do I need my electrical panel to handle for my home? 

Most homes require at least 100 amps. However, one hundred amps will satisfy most medium-size homes with multiple large appliances and a central air conditioning unit. 

Homes over 2,000 square feet with multiple appliances and a central air conditioning unit may need a 200-amp panel. 

Homes with a sauna, a pool, or heavy machinery may need a 400-amp panel. 

How many electrical panels are there in a home? 

There is usually one electrical panel in a home. However, additional subpanels sometimes control electricity to a specific area, like a guest house or area added beyond the original home. 

How can I tell if my electrical panel is full? 

First, take a look inside your panel. If every slot is filled with a breaker, you might assume you’re at maximum capacity. But look closely at the panel’s door. 

A marker of 20/40 means you’ll have twenty slots, but they can handle up to forty circuits. 

If there isn’t a marker to indicate your panel’s capacity, you’ll need to call an electrician to determine the actual load. 

How long does an electrical panel replacement take? 

A simple electrical panel replacement takes between four and eight hours. If the electrician needs to access the wiring in the walls, labor costs can increase to $450. 

(All figures are industry estimates. Price and time may vary depending on location and company.) 

Where can I get an electrical panel replacement service near me? 

Electrical panel replacement with Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale is the choice for you. Here’s how it works! 

  • Make an appointment online: Online or over the phone is the best way to make an appointment with us! Let us know what you’re looking for and when you’re available. If it’s an emergency, call 911. Let us know if it’s not an emergency but needs immediate attention from an electrician. 
  • Get an estimate: Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale will give you an estimate for our services to the best of our ability. However, if you aren’t satisfied with your estimate, let us know! We can adjust our services depending on your needs and budget. 
  • Set up Track Your Tech™: Track Your Tech™ is a service we provide that keeps you up to date on the progress of your appointment. You’ll know when your electrician is on the way, when they start working, get further updates throughout the job, and when it’s complete. 

In conclusion

Here at Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, we hope to have answered some of your most pressing questions regarding electrical panels and electrical panel replacement. 

If you’re interested in replacing your electrical panel, give us a call or visit our website to schedule an appointment. 

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale can provide you with many electrical services. We have experts who can quickly get the help you need for repairs, maintenance, installation, and replacement.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

Why is my GFCI outlet not working?

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Ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs, can cut power to the entire outlet in certain circumstances. They are most often in locations like hallways, bedrooms, and kitchens.

GFCIs monitor the level of electricity traveling through a circuit. If too much power comes through, the GFCI shuts the circuit off. They are designed to respond to quick, high-voltage surges. Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters, inversely, respond to sustained, low-voltage surges. 

GFCIs are often placed in kitchens and bathrooms. These are places with lots of water. An electrical surge may occur if water comes into contact with an outlet.

Therefore, these outlets are critical. GFCIs can prevent fatal electrical shocks and dangerous electrical fires.

This is why it is vital to have fully-functional GFCI outlets.

However, they are not perfect and can sometimes stop working.

There are several reasons why this might happen. Here at Mister Sparky Electrician, we’ve identified a few ways your GFCI can stop working and some remedies that may get it back in working order.

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Why are electrical outlets not working?

A common reason outlets stop working is that they are exposed to a power surge and are switched off by a circuit breaker. In the case of a GFCI outlet, they are switched off at the source.

This is an easy problem to fix.

First, identify the outlet or area of outlets that are not working. If a surge happens in a kitchen, all outlets may be tripped. If a surge happens outside, some interior outlets may be tripped as well. It might take some searching to find the dead outlet in your home.

Once you’ve found the dead outlet, take a closer look at it. On a GFCI outlet, there will be a reset button which is usually red. If it is sticking out, then it is tripped.

To turn your outlet back on, simply press the reset button until you hear a click sound. Your outlet should then be working like normal! Test it out by plugging in an appliance or other electrical device.

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What causes a GFCI not to reset?

So, your GFCI still won’t work after resetting and testing it? Don’t worry. It will require a bit more looking around to determine what’s wrong.

GFCIs are surprisingly advanced little pieces of technology. They can detect electrical surges and respond in milliseconds. But, they can also detect things that may lead to a surge, like water.

If there is water in your GFCI plug, it will not reset. You have a couple of options when this happens.

First, you can wait to let the water naturally evaporate. This is a good option if you have time since this could take a few hours.

If you need to use the outlet immediately, switch off the breaker box to ensure no power will flow to the outlet. Take something like a box fan or a blow dryer and point it into the outlet. It’s important to note that even though power is cut off, you should still never physically touch the outlet if it has water. It is better to be safe than sorry!

If the problem persists, this could be an indication of a bigger problem. We recommend you call an electrician from Mister Sparky OKC. The outlet might need to be removed to dry it, requiring special tools and expertise.

A GFCI outlet can also detect an abundance of moisture. There might not be water in the outlet, but enough moisture in the air, like a steaming kitchen or shower, could trip the outlet. Simply airing out the room will likely fix this problem and allow you to click the outlet back on.

Why do my GFCI outlets keep failing?

If your GFCI outlets seem to keep failing, then you might have wire connector issues.

Failed internal socket connections are fairly common in older outlets. For example, have you ever noticed how your phone charger easily slips out of an outlet? That often signifies a loose wire or a failing internal socket connection.

You could fix this by cutting off power at the breaker box, opening the outlet, and fastening the connections.

But if the outlet has this problem, it will eventually loosen up again. We at Mister Sparky OKC recommend calling an electrician and ordering new parts for an outlet. As we’ve said, a fully-functioning GFCI outlet is the first line of defense to protect your family and home from electrical fire and shocks. This isn’t something to skimp out on.

In conclusion…

Here at Mister Sparky Electrician OKC, we hope to have answered some of your pressing questions about why you have a GFCI outlet not working in your home.

If you have a GFCI outlet not working today, there are some remedies you can do yourself to fix it.

But, when more serious issues arise, call a professional at Mister Sparky OKC. Our electricians have the equipment and expertise to diagnose, repair, and maintain the GFCI outlet not working in your home.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

All About Your Home’s Circuit Breaker Panel

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All About Your Home's Circuit Breaker Panel

A circuit breaker box panel is a box that holds all of your home’s electrical breaker switches. 

You know, that magical plot device that heroes in movies need to get to escape trouble or break into an impenetrable fortress? 

From Samuel L. Jackson’s famous “Hold onto your Butts” line in Jurassic Park to cutting power in Vegas in Ocean’s Eleven, it seems the circuit breaker panel is an all-powerful tool to fix whatever problem you have.

 

In terms of everyday home life, that idea holds.

Like how turning your phone off and on fixes a bug, flipping a switch in a circuit breaker panel can fix an electrical problem in your home. But there’s much more to them than that.

Here at Mister Sparky NWA, we’ve found answers to some of your most pressing questions about circuit breakers.

Are circuit breaker brands interchangeable?

Some brands are interchangeable, but most aren’t. So you have to be careful in this regard. Using parts from different brands that aren’t compatible can cause electrical fires.

Some things you should look at when pairing parts from different brands are:

  • Load Capacity: Always stick with the same size or parts that fit one another regardless of brand.
  • Model Number: If your replacement part has a matching model number, it is likely compatible.
  • Brand: Your box might even list which brands are compatible. However, the older the box, the fewer brands it will be compatible with.
  • When in doubt, talk to a pro. You don’t want to be wrong about this one.

All About Your Home's Circuit Breaker Panel

 

How do circuit breakers work?

A circuit breaker cuts off the flow of electricity when it exceeds a limit. This is where rating becomes essential. The rating of a circuit is based on how much electricity it can safely carry and how much electricity it can safely stop.

Typically, each switcher on a panel will represent a room in your home. You’ll have a living room switch, a master bedroom switch, a kitchen switch, and so on.

Turning off that switch manually, or if it triggers on its own, will cut power to the entire room. A circuit will cut all power in that room from lights to outlets.

What circuit breaker do I need?

Breakers are made for handling different capabilities for different house parts.

Standard Circuit Breakers

These breakers come in two kinds: single-pole or double-pole.

  • Single-Pole

    • The most common type of circuit breaker in houses
    • Supplies 120V
    • Handles up to 30 amps
  • Double-Pole

    • Made up of two single-pole breaker
    • Supplies 240V
    • Can handle up to 200 amps
    • Meant for large appliances, like washing machines or water heaters

All About Your Home's Circuit Breaker Panel

 

GFCI Circuit Breakers

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters cut power to the entire circuit. They are usually required in locations like hallways, bedrooms, and kitchens.

AFCI Circuit Breakers

These breakers prevent fires from unintentional electrical discharge. Once this breaker detects an electrical burst, it cuts power to the damaged circuit.

Old cords are susceptible to arc fires. Standard circuit breakers are designed to respond to constant heat from a hot wire, not a sudden burst.

New homes in the United States must have AFCI circuit breakers instead of standard ones.

CAFCI Circuit breakers

Combination Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters protect against sudden short circuit surges like AFCI circuit breakers and constant heat levels like a standard circuit breaker.

These are growing in popularity because of their dual functionality. 

Why do circuit breakers trip?

Electrical overload is the most common reason for a circuit breaker to trip.

This happens when too much electrical load is on a specific circuit. It can also happen when you have too many energy users on at once, like appliances, devices, and lights.

Can a circuit breaker go bad?

Yes! A circuit breaker can go wrong in several ways.

Electrical Causes

A solid surge or many small electrical surges can damage a circuit breaker or wiring. They are designed to withstand these but aren’t entirely waterproof. 

Old Age

After a long enough time, a circuit breaker’s parts may no longer be functional. In addition, plastic can wear down due to extreme heat or cold, and metal may corrode.

Physical Causes

A circuit breaker is not invincible against physical damage. For example, an errant baseball or a fallen tree limb can damage a circuit breaker and render it ineffective.

What happens when a circuit breaker goes bad?

Horrible things.

A faulty circuit breaker that doesn’t cut off power when an electrical surge can lead to electrical fires and the risk of electric shock.

This is why it is smart to have a fire extinguisher on hand. You never want to put water on an electrical fire for the same reasons you wouldn’t for a grease fire.

What is the cost of a circuit breaker? 

GFCIs and AFCIs can cost $30 to $100 a breaker. A standard breaker costs around $10 retail.

An entire box can run you around $1,100.

What is the life expectancy of a circuit breaker?

The industry standard for the life expectancy of a circuit breaker is around thirty years.

This, of course, is partially dependent on a favorable environment and regular maintenance.

How to locate my circuit breaker?

The location can be different for every home, but a circuit panel is usually somewhere in or around a home that doesn’t get passed by very often.

Areas like your garage, the backside of your house, a basement, or a utility closet might contain your circuit panel. 

In an apartment, a circuit panel is likely in a central location, like the main hallway or laundry room.

How to replace a circuit breaker?

A person with the right tools from a local store and electrical work knowledge could replace a circuit breaker alone.

But if you’re replacing a breaker, you are already in great danger if an electrical surge occurs. And if you do something wrong while replacing, you could make things worse for yourself, your family, and your home.

Please don’t risk it. Instead, hire a professional electrician with the tools and expertise to diagnose solutions and replace them correctly. 

In conclusion

A circuit breaker is an essential component of a home. It keeps you, your family, and your home safe from electrical hazards

If you have an older home, take some time this summer while making home improvements to see if your circuit breakers are nearing their expiration date or are damaged. Of course, you might also have all standard circuit breakers, but we now know there are better ones for different places.

Call Mister Sparky NWA today if you’re interested in replacing a circuit breaker or want a professional to assess your circuit breaker’s situation. We’ll send a licensed electrician to your home in no time and get you the help you need.

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Outdoor House Lights Guide: 6 Points to Consider

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Outdoor house lights are a great way to make your home more aesthetically pleasing. You can use outdoor house lights to illuminate walkways. You could also use them in your backyard for events or make them motion-detectable for safety purposes. Outdoor house lights come in many unique styles. From string lights to motion detection to wide-range lamps and ground-level path lights, you can find a set of outdoor house lights for any situation. But is it good to leave outdoor house lights on at night? Should you leave them on all the time? Here at Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, we’ve found answers to some of your most pressing questions about outdoor lighting.

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What to Consider When Choosing Outdoor Lighting

1. When to keep your Porch Light On or Off

Most people leave their porch lights on at all times, regardless of whether they are home or not. Of course, there are pros and cons to this. But if you strategically use your porch light, you can maximize the safety and usability it provides. A porch light is an effective way to deter burglars from approaching your home. But when people leave home for vacation, they tend to leave the light on constantly. If a potential burglar sees your porch light on during the day, it may signal to them that you are gone. A smart light or timed light that turns on from dusk to dawn might fix this issue. Well, when is a suitable time to leave a porch light on otherwise? It’s good to leave a porch light on when you are home at night. This helps alert potential burglars that you are home. Also, leave a light on when you know you will be returning home late. This will help you see your way to your front door when it’s dark out.

2. What are the Best Lights for Security?

As we previously mentioned, if you leave outdoor house lights on at night it can great for security. But which lights are the best? Mister Sparky Electrician NWA recommends a motion detection floodlight for security. A floodlight is a wide-beamed, high-intensity light that can cover a broad range of an outdoor area with ample light. Pair it with a motion detector, and a floodlight will rapidly illuminate when a person walks by. A floodlight can quickly alert you to someone approaching your door when you are home and not expecting visitors.

Even better, low-energy floodlight options provide plenty of light without using up substantial amounts of energy. For those who want extra security, you can buy floodlights with motion detection AND motion-activated cameras. So, when someone walks by, they’ll be covered in light and recorded on video.

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3. Which Outdoor Lights don’t Attract Bugs?

The issue of bugs and insects around lights is a serious one. They are annoying, can ruin the aesthetic of your home, and can be harmful as some insects carry diseases or may cause allergic reactions to people. There is a simple way to avoid this. Use yellow-colored lights! That might sound silly, but it’s true. Yellow light emits a wavelength that’s difficult or impossible for insects to see. So if they don’t know the light is there, they won’t be attracted to it! Even better, yellow light is more popular for aesthetic lighting than white or blue light because of its warmer color temperature. So, if attracting bugs is a pressing issue for you regarding outdoor house lights, install yellow-colored ones!

4. Will Outdoor Lights keep Raccoons away?

While outdoor lights are great are thwarting away burglars, they can also scare off other hairy thieves: raccoons! However, you must carefully plan out your anti-raccoon light strategy. If not, the infamous mammal might outsmart you. If a raccoon regularly visits your home at night and notices you always leave outdoor house lights on at night, then it won’t be afraid of them. Instead, it will approach your house without fear, and rummage through your trash freely. But, if you employ lights with motion sensors, it’s a different story. The raccoon will cautiously approach your home, and when the lights suddenly turn on, the raccoon will be scared away. So, the best way to repel raccoons is with motion-activated outdoor house lights.

5. Can Outdoor Lights get Wet?

This one is a little more complicated. Some outdoor house lights can get wet, and others can’t. However, Mister Sparky Electrician NWA recommends that you get ones that can handle rain or sprinklers if you are in the market for outdoor lights. You can protect your outdoor lights against water by having certain things in mind, for example, looking for the light’s IP rating. An IP rating tells you how secure a light is from rain and dirt. The minimum IP rating for lights that can withstand water is IP43.

Additionally, keep an eye out for the light’s general durability, the materials used in production, if the light is sealed well from the outside, etc.  Also, take note of the light’s electrical components, like the plug insert, buttons, battery compartments, etc. Lastly, to ensure maximum protection against water, plug your outdoor light into a surge protector. That way, it is protected from any electrical surges that water may cause.

6. Are Outdoor Lights Expensive to Run?

The cost of running outdoor lights varies and if you leave outdoor house lights on at night it could get pretty pricy. The number of lights, size of lights, how long the lights are on, and type of light are key factors. When it comes to the number of lights, you don’t need as many as you might initially assume. Outdoor lights typically have a good range of light, meaning less light will get you the light you need. Modern lights are very efficient while remaining small in size. A smaller light will carry as much light as a bigger one. Many people make the mistake of leaving their lights on into the daytime. If you stay on track and only use the lights at night, you’ll save money. Most importantly, use LED bulbs. While they are more expensive to buy initially, they will save you money on your energy bill over time.

In Conclusion

Mister Sparky Electrician is proud to offer professional installation of outdoor house lights. So give us a call, check us out on social media, or visit our website today to set up an appointment to make your house safer and more beautiful.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Electrical Safety Tips for Kids: National Electrical Safety Month

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How to Teach Your Kids About Electrical Safety in Springdale

It’s May. The weather is warming up. The school year is ending. And kids are going to be home much longer than usual.
For a parent, it’s great to have your kids back for the summer. But this time can present some hazards for your little ones, and that is why electrical safety for kids is so important. May is also National Electrical Safety Month. Here at Mister Sparky, we understand how to operate and be near electrical outlets and breakers safely. But how about your kids? Unless they’re an electrician prodigy (in which case, we might have a job for them), they can’t tell the difference between an exposed wire and a spaghetti noodle. We’ve identified a few tips for parents to keep their children safe from electricity hazards this summer.

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What is National Electrical Safety Month?

National Electrical Safety Month (NESM) aims to promote electrical safety rules in the home, school, and workplace. The goal of NESM is to educate individuals on electrical safety to help reduce fires, injuries, and fatalities. Mister Sparky Springdale takes part in NESM by educating our customers on how to protect their families from electrical dangers best.

Why is electrical safety for kids important?

Electrical components pose serious risks that may be life-threatening. Electric shocks and arc flashes can cause serious bodily harm like burns, nerve damage, blindness, hearing loss, and in extreme cases, death. Understanding electrical safety for kids may save you or a loved one’s life.

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TRAIN THEM! You don’t want your kids reaching into electrical sockets. But under supervision, let them roam around. If they drift near an electrical socket, particularly with their hand, sternly let them know it’s wrong and redirect them away. You may have to do this a few times to get the message across. EDUCATE THEM! If you have an older child, they’ll begin to understand the severity of electrical hazards. Educate them on how the components work and what can happen if improperly used or tampered with.

Teaching children to call 911 should an electrical emergency occur is also helpful. Should they be alone, or if the person with them becomes unconscious due to an electrical shock, they’ll need to know how to get help. Beyond electrical emergencies, knowing how to call 911 is a valuable skill for all kids to learn.

How To Childproof Your Home for Electrical Safety

Childproofing your home is an added step to ensuring your children’s safety around electrical components.

Plastic Inserts!

Plastic inserts are an effective way to enclose outlets. They can prevent children from putting their hands near the outlet or inserting foreign objects. While you should train your children to be wary of outlets, a plastic insert adds a layer of protection.
Pieces of furniture, like chairs and cabinets, are also great for covering up outlets that you never use.

Secure your Electrical Cords and Plugs!

Constantly pulling or prying at electrical cords can expose the metal insides, which may carry an electrical charge.
Secure your cords to the wall with tape to prevent your child from pulling on them.

Hide Devices!

Much like how you’d keep cleaning chemicals locked away under your sink, store electronic devices the same way.
Hairdryers and kitchen appliances should especially be out of reach for children.

How To Know If Your Home Is Electrically Safe

Mister Sparky is committed to keeping our customers safe and happy. Part of that is taking electrical safety measures when we visit your home, including:

  • Examining your wiring – We’ll keep an eye out for frayed or exposed wires and see if nearby power lines are up to code.
  • Upgrading your circuit box – An old circuit box is more susceptible to surges and outages.
  • Examining all critical electrical components prone to failure – Have you ever noticed how your phone charger sometimes falls out of an outlet? This annoyance can be extremely dangerous to you. Your charger prongs can partially slide out of the socket and still be connected to the electrical substation power grid.
  • Installing GFCIs

What is GFCI?

A GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, is an outlet that quickly disperses an electrical current with leakage into the ground. In essence, it helps to protect you from electrical shock. GFCIs are primarily seen in bathrooms or kitchens where water is consistently present, but you can have them installed in all areas of your home.

Springdale Parents

This month, take some time to sit down with your kids and teach them how to be safe around electrical components this summer. If you want an expert to see how your home stacks up against the latest safety guidelines, call Mister Sparky today, and we’ll send a licensed professional in no time.

13 Electrical Safety Tips for Kids

1. Never Poke Sharp and Metallic Objects into Electrical Outlets

Children and even adults use sharp and metallic objects like keys, spoons, nails, scissors, and such like objects when plugging in chargers on sockets or even electrical extension in most homes. This is very dangerous as it may lead to electrical shocks or even worse. Parents should warn their children against this risky behavior.Electrical Safety for children graphic MS NWA

2.  Teaching by Demonstration

The best way for parents to educate their children about electrical safety is by demonstrating the dangers of electricity. As the old cliché goes seeing is believing, children taught about electricity using demonstration tend to fear and be more careful when dealing with electricity.

Parents can take their children to museums with hands-on displays for children that help to understand science and nature. Simple displays create a small electrical charge by turning a handle, therefore, learning about electricity.

 Static electricity is also another best way to demonstrate, where children are shown what happens when they rub surfaces together and then touch their hair. They will feel a tingle in their fingers, which will give them a sense of what electricity is.

3. Fly Kites Away from Power Lines

Warn them of flying kites and having Mylar or helium-filled balloons on strings near power lines. Electricity can travel through the string and cause a shock or fire if tangled on the power lines.

4. Water Makes Electricity more Dangerous

This is essential in ensuring kids’ electrical safety. Parents should teach their children that water and electricity are not good combinations that should never be mixed. When they are young, educate the children on not touching or operating any electricity-related devices with wet hands. They should also not use electrical appliances in wet areas like sinks and bathtubs. When cleaning such devices, they should plug them first from the sockets.

5. Keeping Away From Power Substations

Caution them to stay away from power stations no matter what. Parents should warn children not to climb fences or trees around power stations.

6. Power Lines Safety Tips

Educate children on the dangers of playing with power lines. If something sticks or gets tangled on power lines, they should not remove it; instead, they should call an adult like a parent. They should be cautioned against touching the lines with any part of their bodies or even throwing objects at them. Children should never fly remote-controlled models such as helicopters, drones, and airplanes near power lines; instead, they should fly in open fields.

7. Avoiding Contact with Electrical Wires and Lines

Children should be warned against trying to help those in contact with electrical wires. Suppose a pet, friend, or family member is in an accident involving electrical wires. In that case, they should call 911 or, better still, an adult. They should never touch fallen electrical wires or even climb utility poles.

8. Operating Electrical Appliances

Depending on their age, parents should encourage their children always to seek adult help when dealing with electrical appliances at home. 

9. Over-crowding Electrical Outlets

Parents should educate children about the working of electrical outlets and extension cords and warn them against plugging too much stuff in one outlet. This may damage electricity or even cause a fire. Also, since most family members rely on electronic gadgets, there is a risk of overcrowding the electrical outlets, but this should not be allowed.

10. Never Leave Devices Plugged in at Night

All electronic devices should be plugged out when sleeping. Electronic appliances such as phones, laptops, and tablets should not be left plugged in or charging when sleeping.

11. Using Devices While Charging

Devices like phones, tablets, laptops, and others of this kind should not be used while plugged in or charging. Parents should teach their children always to ensure they use phones when they are plugged out.

12. Obedience to Warning Signs

Teach children always to obey warning electricity warning signs on electrical appliances, electrical poles, and power stations to keep themselves and others out of danger.Electrical Safety for Kids graphic MS NWA

13. Using Precautionary Measure

If they are very young, parents should undertake some measures to ensure electrical safety for children. For starters, putting child-proof covers on all electrical outlets and sockets. Children will always move around, touching everything they see and find on their way. Ignorantly, they may end up touching sockets, extensions, and other electrical outlets with wet hands, and this may be hazardous. Installation of child-proof covers will reduce this danger or risk.

Parents should also ensure all electrical appliances are kept out of children’s reach. Installation of residual current devices is yet another precautionary measure that will ensure electrical safety for kids by cutting the power when there is an emergency.

Conclusion

Ensuring electrical safety for kids at home is not an easy task for parents. Depending on the age of the children, parents should choose the most appropriate methods of keeping their children safe. 

With this guide in mind, parents are one step ahead in ensuring the safety of their children. However, if parents feel like the house is still not safe for children even after all these precautions, teachings, and tips, they should hire an electrician.

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

 

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