You can picture the rest of your life unfolding at your new home. Big Thanksgiving dinners in the dining room, children playing in their bedrooms- their toys spread all over the floor, and late nights curling up with your love on the living room couch.
Every new house presents the possibility for a beautiful life. However, every new house also presents the possibility for danger or even death— particularly from a faulty electrical system.
Danger and death can look like…
An electrical shock to a curious child, from an outlet that violates National Electrical Code.
An electrical fire bursting from outdated wires or panels.
Smoke detectors staying silent during a roaring nighttime fire.
Before you’re ready to move your family into your new house, you need to be sure your new house is ready for them.
Read on to learn about the electrical dangers potentially lurking in a new house and how you can be 100% prepared.
New House Dangers
Let’s look at three unfortunately prevalent dangers.
National Electric Code Violations
The National Electrical Code (NEC) is set of guidelines for electrical safety in new and renovated houses.
Although the NEC is not federally mandated, some municipalities enforce the code as a local law.
Legally required or not, though, NEC guards against real-life danger. Following it can prevent a tragedy in your new home.
For example, the NEC requires that Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR) be installed instead of normal outlets. In TRRs, a shutter device inside the outlet blocks anything other than the correct electrical plug from connecting to the power source—meaning keys, pens, and pins can’t get in. This prevents accidental electrocution.
However, 2400 children per year are treated for serious injuries in the emergency room resulting from inserting objects into outlets. Following the NEC and installing TRR’s would prevent 100% of those injuries.
The NEC also mandates installation of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters. Statistics state 47% of home electrocutions could have been prevented through their use.
Having your home in compliance with the NEC is a clear boon for you and your family’s safety.
Outdated Electrical Components
You and your realtor might not think to inspect the state of it during the negotiations process. After all, the home electrical system is out of sight, and often, out of mind. Wiring hides behind drywall, and circuit panels often sit in out of the way places, like basements or garages.
However, a damaged or outdated home electrical system can create a destructive electrical fire, at any time.
When checking out a potential home, you might be more enamored with the walk-in closets or a show-piece kitchen.
The electrical system demands a trained set of eyes— your home isn’t be truly safe unless the electrical system is up to date.
Smoke detectors are your best warning against a home fire. They are required for every home.
Yet the American Red Cross estimates that every year nearly 1000 lives are lost due to the absence of working, well-place smoke alarms.
In order for smoke alarms to protect your family from fire, they require correct placement and up-to-date maintenance.
For thousands of families each year, they are the difference between life and death. Given their importance, do you trust your untrained eye to know if they are strategically placed and in-shape for years to come?
Mister Sparky on the Job
Feeling a little anxious?
Don’t be—buying a house is exciting. We want you to stay excited, and that’s we’ve got your back.
When it comes to the safety of your electrical system, we handle these concerns and more. Your new home’s electrical system might not always be on your mind, but it is on ours.
Bring in Mister Sparky® of Lancaster professions for an electrical system inspection. We will ensure your house is 100% ready for your family.
Electrical Experts at Your Command
With Mister Sparky you get:
- Experts at finding violations in, and maintaining, the NEC
- Master electricians who replace the outdated with the state-of-the-art
- Experts in placing and inspecting your smoke detectors.
Moving into a new home is akin to taking a huge step towards the rest of your life. Sure, it’s a massive step, but it shouldn’t have to feel like a leap of faith.
Bring in our technicians for 100% peace-of-mind that your new home is move-in ready.
Contact us to schedule an electrical system inspection and discuss all of your electrical needs.