Stay Safe During Electrical Safety Month

Practice Electrical Safety All Year Long

May is National Electrical Safety Month, so this is the perfect time to learn about some of the devices around the home that help keep homes and businesses safe from the hazards of electricity. This brief article can help homeowners understand and appreciate what goes into keeping a home safe from electrical hazards. 

Recognize Important Electrical Safety Devices 

electricalDespite the inherent dangers of electricity, technology has made the utility much safer in the last few decades. Most of this is due to the development of regulating devices that prevent electrical hazards like fires and electrocution. Some common electrical devices in homes that must stay in working order are: 

  • Ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs, are a type of outlet located in areas with moisture, such as outdoors, bathrooms, and kitchens, to prevent electric shocks and electrocutions.
  • Fuses protect circuits from receiving too much power, helping prevent electrical fires, but they must be replaced once the fuse blows.
  • Circuit breakers are similar to fuses and trip to prevent too much power from flowing through a circuit, preventing overheating or fires, but they don’t need to be replaced every time like a fuse. 

Warning Signs of Overloaded Circuits 

One common electrical problem in homes is an overloaded circuit. Historically the problem has been much worse, but with advances in breaker panels, the phasing out of fuses, and the wide acceptance of circuit breaker technology, homeowners are more aware of overloaded circuits in the home. 

But, even with these advanced devices in nearly every home, overloaded circuits can still be problematic. Overloaded circuits can cause complications like burnt wiring and electrical fires, so it’s important to know the warning signs so an electrician can be called. Common signs of an overloaded electrical circuit are: 

  • Flickering or dim lights
  • Burnt smells 
  • A buzzing or sizzling sound from outlets
  • Constantly tripping breakers
  • Outlets that look burned or are hot to the touch

Whole-House Surge Protection 

surgePower surges are a normal occurrence on an electrical grid. They can be the result of several causes, such as a weather-related event like a lightning strike or sudden drops in demand for power from the grid. When these occur, large spikes in voltage, many times the normal amount, can surge into the home's wiring. Electrical devices, especially digital devices like phones, entertainment systems, and computers, are particularly vulnerable to damage from large voltage spikes. When the power surge causes wiring insulation to melt, it can also cause fires. 

Installing a whole-house surge protector can protect sensitive devices throughout the entire home from damage from power surges, saving homeowners from paying for replacement electronics. These devices can also prevent electrical fires from voltage spikes while keeping all devices plugged into the home’s outlets safe from damage. 

About Trustworthy Electric 

Trustworthy Electric has nearly 30 years of experience serving Montgomery and the surrounding areas. They provide upfront pricing, on-time service, and fully stocked trucks. Call them today for electrical or GFCI outlet services in Montgomery, AL.

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Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays by Checking Your Breaker Panel

Get Your Home Ready for Increased Electrical Loads From Holiday Lighting and Visitors

With the holidays comes decorating, family get-togethers, and colder temperatures. What many homeowners don’t realize is that all of these cause increased demand on a home’s electrical system. The increased loads demanded by outdoor lighting, space heaters, and having a party can stress an electrical system to the point where breakers trip and certain components overheat and may pose a hazard. 

To protect their homes during the holidays, it may be wise for homeowners to have their breaker panels inspected or repaired to ensure that they are ready for the increased demands of the holiday season. For homeowners experiencing burnt fuses or breakers that are constantly tripping, breaker panel repair services from a licensed electrician can help. 

What Is a Breaker Panel?

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A breaker panel is the latest piece of equipment available to keep homes and electrical devices safe. Most people know that electricity can be dangerous when it isn’t handled properly. A breaker panel is one of the devices that ensures the safe distribution of electricity. 

At the breaker panel, the utility company’s electrical service is connected to the home’s wiring. From there, it is distributed to all corners of the home, ready for usage. In the breaker panel are numerous circuit breakers designed to detect when too much electricity is flowing through a circuit that could potentially cause a fire. When this happens, they “trip” to prevent the current from flowing. 

Signs That a Breaker Panel Needs Repairs

Since breaker panels are essential for keeping a home safe and for the proper operation of a home’s electrical system, it must be able to operate with no faults. When a homeowner notices a problem, they should call for breaker panel repair services immediately. Some of the issues that can arise with breaker panels include: 

  • Physical damage
  • Breakers tripping often 
  • Burnt smells
  • Breakers won’t reset
  • Flickering lights
  • Home additions

When To Replace a Faulty Breaker Panel


Like all equipment in a home, a breaker panel has an average life expectancy. A breaker panel is expected to last between 20 and 30 years. After this point, spare parts become outdated and hard to find, and the panel can be a safety hazard. If a home has an electrical panel that is two or three decades old, it may be best to start fresh with a break panel replacement. 

A homeowner should inspect their own panel and find the label plate that identifies its make and model. Then they should search the internet for that information. Over the years, panel manufacturers and models have been recalled and may be prone to causing fires. 

If the homeowner determines that their break panel is implicated in house fires, they should schedule immediately for breaker panel replacement with a trusted electrician.  

About Trustworthy Electric Inc

Trustworthy Electric Inc has been helping homeowners since 1994. They pride themselves on customer education so their clients will be able to make the best decisions. They even offer a same-day guarantee on most services. Contact them to learn more about breaker panel repair and replacement in Montgomery, AL.