PRO ELECTRICIAN HONOLULU
Installation of Outlets – Honolulu, Hawaii
PRO Electrician Honolulu are specialist on install and fix damaged outlets of all types. One of the first things you may remember your parents warning you about was to never touch wall plugs without making sure your hands were dry. That is probably one of your biggest fears with your kids and it should be because it could be fatal. Even us adults are at risk since most of us need sockets close to areas where we also need water – that is the kitchen counter and bathroom sink. There is just no way around it. If you don’t have GFCI wall plugs or don’t even know what we are talking about, please continue reading for the safety of your family and yourself.
What are GFCI or GFC Outlets?
GFCI, aka GFC (same thing, just abbreviated) stand for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. Basically, this system has the ability to detect a change in the flow of electricity of your connected appliance which will immediately shut off the circuit. This will prevent electrocution and damage to the electrical socket or even the main breaker. A damage to the breaker can lead to a fire and a damage to a person can lead to death. It is that serious.
We can’t price safety and when prioritizing upgrades to your home, safe electric receptacles should be one of your biggest priorities especially if you have kids or pets. If you live by yourself and feel that you are pretty careful when dealing with power plugs, please know that accidents happen. Moreover, GFCIs are now required in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry areas, and outdoor sockets such as garage and anywhere in exterior walls of your home. For commercial properties, ground circuit protection is required for the above described locations, plus within 25 ft of any air conditioning, heating or refrigeration equipment. These safety outlets are also common for large appliances because the amount of electricity flowing is huge leading to a higher risk of a fatal shock.
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I have GFCI Outlets, but how do I Know if they are Working?
Don’t assume your power sockets are always working properly. You should test your GFCI breakers every 3 months. Here’s how:
- Connect a small device such as a night light to outlet
- Press the “Test” button – light should turn off immediately
- Press “reset” button – light should come back on
If your GFCI safety outlet did not work as described above, please contact our Hawaii licensed electricians at PRO Electrician Honolulu ASAP because you are no longer protected from an electrical shock or tripping to your electric circuit. Our team will be able to assess, repair, or replace the GFCI outlet in a timely manner.
Children Proof Outlets
Outlets are especially dangerous to children. It is estimated about 2,400 severe injuries/year to children from sticking an object into an outlet. This is nearly seven children a day.
You may have heard of child proof sockets also known as tamper resistant receptacles. Do you know how it works? Basically, these wall plugs have a spring-loaded receptacle that will only allow for insertion of an object if equal force is applied to both sides simultaneously. Adults instinctively do that when plugging in an appliance. Children will not have the dexterity to do that and are likely to use one finger, a bobby pin, or a key into one hole at the time. That is why this system is so simple, but so important.
95% of injuries to children from touching electrical outlets involve severe burns and can be fatal. Don’t let this happen to your child or any child that may visit your home.
What about Plastic Outlet Covers – Aren’t they Enough?
We recommend child proof wall plugs over the plastic covers for the receptacles. Reason why is because it is still possible for a child to break or remove the plastic cover exposing the contact points for the plug, and also adding another hazard: the small plastic piece now in your child’s hand may soon be in her mouth.