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Childproof Electrical Receptacles

Childproof Electrical Receptacles

At John's Electric, our goal and mission are to keep you and your family safe while using the great luxury of electricity. Electricity can be dangerous. It can cause electrical shock, electrical burn, electrocution and fires. As dangerous as it is, it doesn’t have to be. If the electrical wiring and components that make up your electrical system are installed correctly and to code, then many of these hazards can be eliminated.

Homes that were built before 2008 in Birmingham will have standard receptacles installed. These outlets are dangerous for your children and grandchildren because they can stick metal objects in them and get hurt.

Childproof Electrical Receptacles If you have kids, I’m sure you have seen those little plastic inserts that you install in receptacles to keep your kids or your grandkids safe from electrical shock? They are a great invention, but now they have something even better, which is good because let’s face it; children somehow always find the smallest objects on the ground and go straight to the electrical receptacles.

Having to install the little plastic inserts can be somewhat of a hindrance. Any time you want to use an outlet, you have to remove the plastic insert and plug in the desired appliance. When you’re done you have to remember to install the plastic insert. Sometimes these inserts are hard to get out.

With that said, many parents have unfortunately forgotten to replace the plastic piece and children have been hurt and killed. Did you know in the US alone an average of seven children per day is treated from electrical shock or electrical burn caused by tampering with outlets?

The good news is that someone invented a childproof outlet. These outlets are also known or referred to as tamperproof or tamper resistant receptacles. These outlets have a specially designed piece of plastic built in to the receptacle. Think of them as little locked doors. So when a child tries to insert small objects into the slots, they will not be able to. Each slot or door must be pushed in at the exact same time with the same amount of pressure for each slot. So if it’s not intended to go in, then it will not go in.

By code, homes of today must have tamper resistant receptacles installed. If you have standard receptacles in your home and have small children, then please call John's Electric today so we can help keep your family Safe!

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Latest Tips

Spring is the perfect time for an electrical safety inspection

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Electrical circuitry and panels tend to get ignored throughout the year and only get addressed when you experience a short circuit or electrical trips. As a homeowner, you may not know everything involved in the electrical circuitry of your home but there are still some questions you should ask your electrical inspector and Spring is the perfect time to do it!

No matter the size of the job, from changing out old electrical paneling to major renovations to your home or property, you should always ask your electrical inspector whether or not your home’s electrical fittings are up to date and in compliance with current regulations and building codes.

Secondly, be sure your electrical inspector pays attention to the safety of your electrical panel and makes sure that they are properly insulated to avoid electrical shock. Panels must also never be placed near damp or wet areas.

Understanding your electrical consumption is also important. Washing machines, televisions and air conditioners consume significant amounts of electricity, and it is your responsibility as the homeowner to be sure they are connected to the right circuitry to avoid electrical shorts or fluctuations in voltage.

Lastly, once the inspection is completed and any necessary repairs made, have your inspector run a double check to be sure all of your electrical circuitry is working properly. Ask your inspector to provide you with a complete report of all inspections and repairs done.

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Why is my main breaker on the breaker panel tripping all the time

Monday, April 17, 2017

Any of these issues can cause significant injury or death by electrocution or fire. If that consistent breaker tripping occurs in your home, try turning the breaker off and then on again. If it stays on, the issue may be resolved. If not, and the breaker still trips, try to determine which part of the electrical system is causing the problem. Your safety is of utmost importance. With any electrical issue, calling your electrician (and hey we know a awesome one...you can find that awesome electrician here) first can keep you out of serious danger.

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Inverness, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

This company did an incredible job on our house. Had a few issues to get home ready for sale and he came next day - completed everything with perfection and great price. Aubrey is very honest and trustworthy! Will use him any other time I need electric work and strongly recommend him

bethuhlman
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Mr. Teele arrived quickly, diagnosed our outage problem and fixed it that same afternoon. We have an older electrical system that many other electricians simply won't work with. But Mr. Teele confidently made repairs and even called to check on us the next day to ensure all was working well.

Danielle H Plott
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Very pleased with John's. Free estimate, on time, quality work. Also very happy to show me electrical contractor's license and other credentials when I asked to see them. Would definitely recommend!

Clare J.
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Even though I thought the price was a little high the service was fantastic. Aubrey came right away and did a great job. He cleaned up all of the "mess". I can't tell you how much that was appreciated. I have had other contractors that left all of the packaging, etc when they completed their work--as if they just couldn't be bothered. it was greatly appreciated

Debbie B.
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