Bill’s Safety Circuit
Bill Root, Licensed Master Electrician, Answers Your Questions About Electricity And Safety
I have the good fortune of working
with many real estate professionals
serving the public in the Old Bridge
area. My skills are tested as the result
of home inspections made by
specialty companies highly trained in
this field. One location in a home that
especially comes to my attention is
the attic. On too many occasions, I
have seen hazardously performed
electrical installations in this out of
the way spot.
The use of extension cords to wire
anything in a home is an accident
waiting to happen. The extension cord
of choice seems to be the 3-wire
outdoor type which can be found in
various colors. This material is not an
approved National Electrical Code
wiring method and therefore is not
safe. One home owner installed a
receptacle in the attic using an
extension cord, then proceeded to
wire ceiling fans with the same
material. When finished, all there
was to do was simply plug the
extension cord into the receptacle to
supply power to the newly improperly
wired ceiling fans. Just because it
works doesn’t mean it is safe.
Please, when tackling a home project,
consult a professional or a “how to”
book to keep your home in one piece
and your family safe.
Remember, knowledge is power -
don’t be left in the dark.
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