Across the United States, nearly 4,500 people are hurt and more than 500 die each year from electrical accidents.. Plus an additional percentage die in electrical fires. As a result, there is over $1.7B in property damage every year due to these electrical accidents. Could these injuries and accidents be avoided? When it comes to safety with electricity, what you do not know can kill or hurt you.
Is your business or home missing these critical electrical safety apparatuses?
GFCI means for ground fault circuit interrupter. A GFCI outlet is required by electrical code in any area with a heightened risk of shock due to electrical dangers, such as H2O. In order to safeguard you from electrical dangers, a GFCI assesses electrical current, shutting off the electrical circuit when it senses an electrical imbalance, which is electrical current flowing in an undesired path. Envision GFCI as a very sensitive but small circuit breaker designed into the outlet itself to safeguard you from electrical shock. This is even the case with outlets that are ungrounded. GFCI outlets are required by code for these areas:
AFCI outlet is the acronym for arc-fault circuit interrupters, which protect you from electrical hazards but in a different way. AFCIs protect you by creating heat via arcing. An example would be a mouse chewing into a wire, hitting a nail into a wire, or equipment overheating that is plugged into the outlet. AFCIs sense this electrical arcing and shut down electrical outlets before damage can happen. However, AFCIs are not built into wall receptacles like GFCIs but are instead built into your business or home's main electrical service panel in the form of unique circuit breakers. AFCIs are required by code in:
Should I upgrade my breakers and outlets?
If you have an older business or home electrical codes don't require GFCI and AFCI outlets, prudent home safety should. Normal outlets and circuit breakers are built to protect the structure's electrical system, but not human lives. Given these modern devices being so inexpensive and easy to install, why would you not want to safeguard yourself and family members from the electrical hazards?
New electrical code updates pertaining to these devices that you may not be aware of:
As of 2015, the National Electric Code (NEC), the nation’s singular source for safe electrical installation codes, has bolstered the following standards for the protection of your business or home:
GFCI protection for laundry rooms
All 125v, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere outlets installed in laundry rooms now require the protection of GFCI, regardless if a sink is present or not.
GFCI protection for dishwashers
As dishwashers get older, the risk of electrocution increases, therefore the newest requirement for GFCI on all dishwashers has been established, regardless if they are hardwired or use an outlet.
AFCI protection for laundry and kitchen areas
As of 2015, NEC has most recently included laundry and kitchen areas to the list of areas mandating AFCI safeguards. This includes all 120-v, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying current not to just electrical outlets but also to the devices located in these areas,
Concerned about how unsafe you business or home may be from electrical issues? Do not risk these dangers by ignoring the requirement for these life-saving yet inexpensive improvements to your home or business's electrical system. Contact Dayton Electric today.
Do not skimp on electrical work. It is critical that you employ a professional, qualified electrician knowledgeable with the type of residential work you need to be performed.
Electrical problems happen, such a re-wiring an entire house only to find things don't work properly. Do not compound them by hiring an unlicensed, unqualified, and/or unprofessional electrician in Dayton, OH. Home electric can be complex so make sure your electrician is qualified and experience to perform the job right the first time. You can avoid further headaches beyond your home electrical issues by following the guidelines here when looking for a Dayton area electrician.
Qualifications for Electricians
Given the qualification levels and certifications for electricians, finding one is easier than finding a good plumber or carpenter. With a state license, you can be assured of some level of competency, however, there are two additional qualifications you should be mindful of:
In either case - Master or Journeyman - most states have electrical codes that require a state inspector to inspect and sign-off on any electrical work performed to ensure it meet Ohio code.
Call Dayton Electric for all your residential electrical needs - we have master electricians on staff to provide expert, professional service.
Our electricians in Dayton, OH wish everyone in the Greater Dayton Area a safe and happy holiday season. We are proud to have served Dayton area residents for over 35 years and look forward to the next three decades of service. Whether you need a minor electrical repair, a major upgrade or a commercial electrical job performed, please consider Dayton Electric. We are one of the best Electricians in Dayton, OH
For those of us perpetually frustrated by the short lifespan of modern day light bulbs, the Centennial bulb owes its longevity to… well, there is only speculation as to why it is still burning after 116 years. Many think it is due to the heavier carbon filament used (vs. the more exotic thinner filaments used in today’s lights) allowing the bulb to glow at much cooler temperatures. Some thing the centenarian light owes its long life to a extra strong vacuum. However, we at Dayton Electric believe there is a mysterious force at work that may never be explained by modern science.
Let’s contemplate just how long lasting the Centennial Light is compared to its modern day brethren to fully appreciate it’s magical power:
Consider the Centennial Light has seen over 3 billion people walk the earth, two world wars, the first man on the moon, the invention of a little thing called the internet, and our hometown Cincinnati Bengals continue to be Superbowless. Believe it or not, the light observed many of the last century’s events unnoticed. That is, it wasn’t until the early 1970s that people began to notice the longevity of it, with the earliest reporting being by The Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Naturally, today with said internet and widespread media outlets, the light's fame has spread across the world. Of course, the Centennial Light has its own Facebook page with over 11,000 likes and followers; and, it is not without its own website dedicated to its greatness. As far as we can tell though, it doesn’t have a Twitter or Instagram account, but perhaps we have overlooked it or it just doesn’t have time for that nonsense.
Dayton Electric is proud to follow in the footsteps of the Centennial Light, serving the Greater Dayton Area with as much endurance and commitment to excellent.