Safety a ma­jor con­cern with home re­pairs

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - NEWS -

Does your home need to be re­paired or ren­o­vated? Think SAFETY FIRST.

Hire a pro­fes­sional elec­tri­cian to make any im­prove­ments or ad­di­tions to the elec­tri­cal sys­tem. Even tasks that ap­pear simple, such as the in­stal­la­tion of a base­board heater or ad­di­tional elec­tri­cal out­lets, can be more dif­fi­cult than they ap­pear.

If you are con­stantly blow­ing fuses or pop­ping cir­cuit break­ers, it is time for you to con­tact your elec­tri­cian. These are signs of elec­tri­cal prob­lems that could cause a fire. Do not take risks.

Dur­ing your ren­o­va­tions, re­mem­ber that you can avoid risks by scrupu­lously re­spect­ing the fol­low­ing tips: • Do you need to ham­mer nails or cut an open­ing in a wall? Shut down the elec­tric cir­cuits that serve the room where you are work­ing. • Be­fore re­pair­ing an elec­tric de­vice, dis­con­nect it! • The cir­cuits of your power dis­tri­bu­tion panel should be clearly marked to show the rooms and items ser­viced by each cir­cuit. • Do you need to work in rooms con­tain­ing wa­ter like the kitchen or bath­room? Be­cause wa­ter is an ex­cel­lent con­duc­tor of elec­tric­ity, you should take the re­quired pre­cau­tions: en­sure that all sur­faces are clean and dry, en­sure that your feet are dry con­nect your elec­tric tool to an out­let equipped with a dif­fer­en­tial cir­cuit breaker, and en­sure that elec­tric cords and ex­ten­sion cords do not make con­tact with any pool of wa­ter. • Do you need to replace a fuse? Be­fore re­plac­ing a blown fuse, be sure that you have a re­place­ment fuse of the same rat­ing, place the mas­ter switch in the OFF po­si­tion, and, be­fore restor­ing cur­rent, re­duce the load by dis­con­nect­ing a few elec­tri­cal de­vices. If a cir­cuit breaker pops, this same tech­nique must be used, and the short cir­cuit must be found.

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