Electrical Safety and Inspections

Electrical Code Inspections

If your property’s electrical system isn’t up to code, contact Point Loma Electric for professional San Diego electrical code violation corrections and updates.

Our San Diego electricians will provide your company with a thorough electrical code inspection to ensure your electrical system is up to the National Electrical Code’s standards. If we find something that is currently not up to code, we can upgrade the electrical work while on the job site. We will go through your electrical service panel to check for proper connections, and we will also check your internal breaker panel to check for proper breaker usage.

It is advised to upgrade any San Diego electrical code violations to ensure the safety of your business and make sure that any future electrical inspections will be passed. Electrical codes are in place to insure safety, and any electrical code is generally in place to promote proper electrical system operation and prevention of electrical fires.


Electrical Fire and Home Safety Information:
Electrical fires are a common occurrence in the United States, causing injuries, claiming lives, and resulting in losses of property. Most electrical fires are caused by old wiring and faulty outlets or loose connection. Damage to appliance cables and extension cords and plugs can also lead to electrical fires in the home. It’s important to check your electrical appliances and wiring on a routine basis. This can help to prevent electrical fires in your home. Below is information and tips to help you learn more about electrical fires, hidden hazards, safety tips and circuit interrupters . If you have any concerns about the safety of your homes wiring or electrical system, it is always a good idea to call a licensed electrical contractor to examine your panel and home wiring. They can tell you if you have any hazardous conditions that need attention.

Residential Electrical systems have a typical lifespan of 25-30 years.

Electrical fires, electrocution and electric shock injuries are the most common threats in regards to your electrical safety. Electrical Safety Foundation International, President Brett C. Brenner says “Knowledge can save your life.”

According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), there was an annual average of 104,500 (unintentional, electrical, residential structure) fires from 1999-2003, which resulted in about 500 deaths, 4,280 injuries, and nearly $1.5 billion in property loss.

“If you know the signs of an overloaded electrical circuit or how to test a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, you can prevent electrocution or electrical fires.”

If your electrical system is over 30 years old, it should be checked out for potential safety issues.

Point Loma Electric will help you take precautions to help you prevent electrical fires or electric shock due to faulty wires or appliances. Taking proactive safety precautions is a great way to prevent injury and loss.

For your safety and peace of mind we offer an electrical safety checkup for your homes electrical wiring and panel.

Find and Correct Safety Hazards and give yourself peace of mind with an Electrical Safety Checkup.

What to Expect from the Electrical Safety Checkup:

One of Point Loma Electric‘s qualified electricians will visit your home and check your homes electrical system and panel. A detailed written checklist will be filled out and given to you on site. Our electrical safety checkup will let you know of any areas that need immediate attention, recommendations for improvements and potential electrical upgrade possibilities for your home.

What Does the Electrical Safety Checkup Cover?

Electrical Safety Check List

Before your San Diego electrician arrives, it is a good idea to make a list of any concerns or electrical problems you are having so you can discuss them with the electrician.

The purpose of electrical safety checkup inspection is to give you an overview of the condition of your home’s electrical wiring. The electrical checkup is for your information purposes only. The form is limited to the equipment, systems and electrical components that are visible to the electrician on the date of the inspection. This form is not a guarantee or warranty, that the premises is safe or defect free. The electrical safety inspection will be used to notify the homeowner of possible repairs or system upgrades based on a visual inspection. There is no way for anyone to determine what defects may be in the wiring which is behind walls.

Facts

  • Home appliance fires, annually, cause an estimated 9,600 fires, 525 injuries, 25 deaths, and $211 million in property loss.
  • There is a home fire death an average of every three hours nationwide.
  • Every year, fires started in electrical systems or lighting equipment result in damage to more than 24,000 homes and cause 830 civilian injuries and 320 civilian deaths.

Electrical Safety Tips

  • Consider having the wiring inspected in your home if you live in a house that is over twenty years old. If the house is over forty years old, an inspection should be immediate.
  • Always follow the usage instructions on all appliances.
  • Fix electrical or appliance problems right away. Use caution if fuses blow often, switches become hot or cause shocks, or circuit breakers trip often.
  • Never place electrical cords under bedding or rugs. Sparks or heat from the wiring can cause a fire.
  • Check labels on lighting fixtures and lamps to ensure you are using the right size bulbs. Check the label on the fuse box to ensure you are using the right size fuses.
  • Always cover unused electrical outlets with plastic plugs.
  • If a cable or cord has three-prongs, always use it properly. Do not remove the extra prong as the appliance must be grounded to reduce the risk of electrical shocks.
  • Extension cords should not be used as permanent cords in homes.
  • Routinely check your electrical appliances, electronics and wiring for signs of damage.
  • Replace all damaged, old, or worn appliance cords immediately and do not use appliances with frayed wiring.
  • Keep electrical appliances away from wet counters and floors. Be cautious when using electrical appliances in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Do not allow children to play with or around electronics or electrical appliances, including hair dryers, space heaters, and irons.
  • Keep curtains, clothes, and other combustible items at least three feet away from heaters.
  • Some electrical appliances are designed to be left “ON” all the time. Check the manufacturer directions if you are unsure.
  • Learn the wiring colors and be sure to follow all instructions given by the manufacturer when fitting a plug.
  • Make sure you have smoke detectors located in your home as directed by code. Check the smoke detectors for proper operation every year.
  • GFI recpetacles are now required in kitchens, bathrooms and outdoors or anywhere there may be water. If your home was built before GFI’s were required, you should consider having them installed for your safety.

Cable Fire Safety Information

Hidden Electrical Hazards

Unsafe home conditions that can lead to fire include:

  • Damaged plug wires, extension cords or electrical conductors.
  • Short or overloaded circuits
  • Use of modified, unapproved or faulty electrical equipment
  • Insufficient clearance between combustibles and electrical heating equipment
  • Loose electrical connections
  • Unsafe electrical work installed by handymen or homeowners

Warning signs of electrical dangers:

  • Reccurring problems with blowing fuses in appliances or tripping circuit breakers
  • Tingling sensation when touching an electrical appliance
  • Sparks coming from an outlet or discolored or warm wall outlets
  • A continuous burning smell from a room or appliance
  • Lights that frequently flicker or dim

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