Kansas City Electric Service & Repair Tips
- Turn the Power Off - Anytime you are working with electricity be sure to test whether the outlet, switch, etc. is not hot. Always turn the source of power off to prevent the chance of electrical shock.
- Do Your Research - Not all electrical contractors are equal. Be sure to do your research on their certifications and licenses to ensure that they are current and compliant.
- Fallen Power Lines - Do not touch power lines when they have fallen. They might still have an electrical current. Call your electrical contractor and be patient.
- Be aware of your breaker activity. A breaker may trip when you have electrical problems.
- Never throw water on an electrical fire. Use a chemical fire extinguisher instead.
- Always call a certified electrician to do any wiring in your home.
- Have ground fault circuit interrupters on all outside outlets.
- Pull the plug when disconnecting an electrical device from an outlet.
- The third part of an electrical prong is for safety. Do not break it off or bypass it.
- Do no place an electrical cord where it can be stepped on.
- Extension cords are only to be used for temporary solutions. When you need additional wiring, call an electrician.
- Use a certified power bar when plugging in multiple items in an outlet.
Tips for Smoke Detectors
- Check the age of your smoke detector.
- Remove the smoke detector from the ceiling
- Look on the back of the device for its manufacturing date.
- Install a smoke detector in every bedroom, outside sleeping areas, and on every floor of the house.
- Make sure that all smoke detectors are interconnected. This allows them to sound all at once.
- Every month dust the alarm and push the test button.
- Do not paint the alarm.
- Change the batteries when the clocks change forward or backward.
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