Most people don’t think about their electricity too much. They come home from work and flip on the lights, put dinner on the stove and turn the TV on to catch up on the news of the day. As long as these devices work, electricity is given no further thought.
This might be a mistake, however, since electricity is a complex system that requires maintenance and inspection. Faulty electricity could have dire consequences. In 2011, more than 47,000 fires in the United States involved some type of electrical failure or malfunction, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
When do I need to have an electrical safety inspection?
Certainly, before you buy a home, you should have a professional inspect the electrical installation and its components. Doing this will ensure the home is up to date and meets safety standards as required by the National Electrical Code.
It is also important to have a safety inspection when a home has been vacant for an extended period of time since vacant homes are vulnerable to vandalism. Vacant homes are often stripped for electrical components that may be valuable to sell.
Who should perform my electrical safety inspection?
It may be tempting to have a general handyman inspect electrical outlets and grounding systems, but a licensed electrician will have a permit and insurance in addition to the expertise and experience required to ensure the electrical systems in your home are functioning properly.
Why do I need an electrical safety inspection?
In addition to ensuring your electrical systems are operating safely, an electrical safety inspection will uncover safety hazards, help save money on energy bills and provide peace of mind. Also, some insurance companies may require a Risk Assessment Inspection before agreeing to provide home insurance coverage.
What Does the Electrical Safety Inspection Cover?
During an electrical safety checkup a licensed electrician will ensure all components are functioning efficiently and safely. He or she will perform checks of:
- Wiring based on the most current wiring regulations
- Circuit breaker condition
- Switches, plugs and wall outlets
- Outdoor Electrical Systems
- Light Bulb Wattage
- Grounding systems
- Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (ACFIs)
- Surge Protection
- Security monitoring devices