Bill’s Safety Circuit
Root, Licensed Master Electrician, Answers Your Questions About Electricity And Safety
Dear Bill: During a recent party in
our finished basement, our small food
warmers continually tripped the circuit
for both our lights and receptacles.
What can be done to remedy this
problem in the future?
A circuit breaker is a safety device that shuts
off your electricity when it exceeds a
safe operating range. Always be
careful to distribute your portable
appliances over several circuits so that
it does not overwhelm your power
Additionally, a proper electrical
installation never includes receptacles
and lighting on the same circuit. Correctly installed receptacles and
lighting are separated onto their own
circuits. This arrangement is not just a
good idea, it also prevents another
safety hazard – groping in the dark in
search of your electrical panel.
When the time comes to remodel your
home always choose licensed
contractors with excellent references.
Talk over each aspect of the project
with the electrical contractor. Tell
him/her what the room will be used for
and what kind of power demands you
have now and expect in the future.
Remember, knowledge is power -
don’t be left in the dark.
Email your questions to:
Putting your safety first since 1986.
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