Electricity can be dangerous if it is nor working properly as it can cause an electrical fire. Because you have electricity running throughout your home this type of fire spreads quickly. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent electrical fires, such as changing to AFCI breakers and GFCI outlets. Below is more information about this so you can call an electrician and get started.
A traditional breaker that you likely have installed in your circuit panel right now will automatically turn off if there is an overload on the breaker. An AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) breaker also trips if there is an overload but also turns off the breaker if it detects any type of electrical arcing.
Arcing can be due to many different things, such as damaged appliances and cords, and deteriorated and frayed wiring due to age, heat, etc. There may also be outlets that are not working properly.
If you choose to install AFCI breakers in your home, you should have the breakers tested monthly. An electrician can show you how to do this testing on your own.
GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets are much safer when compared to traditional outlets. This is because GFCI outlets prevent you and anyone else from being shocked while working on the outlet, such as removing an old one and installing a new one.
GFCI outlets also protect electricity if it is near water and becomes wet. For this reason, install GFCI outlets in your kitchen, such as on the countertop where wires may be exposed to water. Make sure you install enough of them for what you need to plug in.
Traditional outlets have two slots with a hole beneath them. The slot on the right is the neutral electrical connection and the slot on the left is the hot connection. The hole beneath the slots grounds the neutral and hot connections. When everything is working properly, the electricity coming from your appliances continually flow from the hot slot to the neutral slot when the appliance is turned on.
GFCI outlet constantly monitors the amount of electrical current that is flowing between the two slots. If the outlet finds the flow is not balanced, it will turn off the circuit that powers that area of your kitchen.
Hire an electrician to install AFCI breakers and GFCI outlets in your home. They can also answer any questions you may have about these outlets and Americord Power cords.