There are plenty of little things you can do around the house, but when it comes to some of those little jobs that involve electricity, it is best to leave it the professionals. The cost savings you think you are getting by changing out that light fixture or replacing that faulty outlet are voided when something goes wrong. An experienced electrician in Santa Monica, like those at H Electric, can take care of all those jobs for you in a manner that is safe and professional.
Some of the common jobs that you may be tempted to do yourself include changing out outlets that don’t seem to work right. The outlets are faulty for a reason and simply changing one out could be a band-aid for a bigger problem. It is best an electrician checks out the situation and determines whether it is truly a faulty outlet that may not be wired correctly or if the problem is something much bigger that may involve the electric panel.
While the electrician is replacing outlets, you should strongly consider having your current kitchen and bathroom outlets upgraded to GFI outlets if they are not already. These are the standard in new home construction and can help prevent electric shock in areas that are prone to water.
Another job you may want to try on your own is replacing an old light fixture. This is something a Santa Monica electrician can do and you will have the peace of mind knowing it is installed correctly without worry about the wiring. Replacing light switches or adding dimmer switches is something your electrician can do while the fixture is being installed.
If you have any other odd jobs that you want completed, but are not familiar with electricity, give H Electric a call today and schedule an appointment.
Because we depend so heavily on electricity, we need to be aware of the dangers it poses. For the most part, electricity has been made relatively safe through a variety of safety features and standards designed to protect us. However, there are still some precautions we must take to avoid an electric shock. It is just as important we talk to children about the dangers of being electrocuted as well. An electrician in Santa Monica has a few tips for you as well as the young ones. If you would like to learn more about electric safety, give H Electric a call.
*Use extension cords sparingly and only when absolutely necessary. The cords are meant to be temporary and should never be a permanent solution. If you must use an extension cord, ensure it is designed for what you are using it for. Never overload the cord by plugging in additional extension cords or several appliances. Do not use an indoor cord outside either.
*Protect outlets with outlet covers to keep young children from poking anything in the holes. Instruct children that the outlets are dangerous and should never be played with.
*Any appliance that has a damaged cord should be tossed out or taken for repair. Never attempt to tape up the problem and use it anyways. This can result in a Santa Monica electrical fire or even electric shock.
*Any outlets that have black streaks around the outside or spark when something is plugged in require an electrician. Do not use the outlet. If it is smoking or you smell electric wires burning, immediately call an electrician.
*Consider having an electrician replace older outlets in the kitchen and bathroom with GFI outlets. These are much safer in areas where water is more prone to come into contact with an electric appliance.
Give H Electric a call today and have your GFI outlets installed.