According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), electrical systems account for 51,000 residential fires each year, which results in $1.3 billion in property damage, over 1,400 in injuries, and almost 500 untimely deaths. A regular electrical home safety inspection performed by a licensed electrician can help keep your home and family safe from electrical fires. With a regular electrical system inspection, defective wiring system can be identified, and electrical fires can be prevented.
Want to know how electricians conduct electrical home safety inspections to ensure they are done properly? They do so by following these two basic steps.
Electricians follow codes and standards from National Fire Protection Association
Licensed electricians are well-versed in the National Fire Protection Association’s National Electrical Code and its specifications. As the benchmark for the installation and inspection of electrical circuits, meeting the requirements of the code means peace of mind for you, the homeowner. Areas that are covered by inspection include circuitry, equipment, electrical services, AFCI, GFCI, grounding, wiring methods, etc.
They get permits for the work required on a home’s system
All homeowners who are having a regulated electrical work done in their homes are required to obtain a permit before they begin. A permit is generally necessary for the following:
- Installation or alteration of any permanent electrical wiring or device
- Installation of additional wiring, electrical outlet, light fixture, and receptacle for garage-door opener
- Conversion of a fuse box to circuit breaker
When you have the necessary permit for any of these jobs, a thorough inspection by a home inspector follows when the electrician declares that the task is done, so by having the permits, you ensure that the task is done right.
Home Electrical Fires, esfi.org
SAFETY IS A MAJOR CONCERN FOR ELECTRICIANS AND THE SYSTEMS THEY INSTALL, caylorindustrial.com