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Upgrading Your Home’s Electric Outlets


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An upgrade to your electrical outlets isn’t just a matter of aesthetic—it’s a matter of safety. Putting it off could result in unnecessary hazards for you and your family. But don’t worry, outlet upgrades don’t have to be complicated and expensive. Here are three types of upgrades that will modernize your space and keep you safe all at the same time:

AFCI (Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters)

Electricity can leak out of damaged wires and cause major hazards, such as electrical fires. These types of fires cause more damage than other types and are very deadly. AFCIs are devices that detect electrical leakage and shut down the outlet before sparks start to fly. These outlets are easily incorporated into your main service panel.

TRR (Tamper Resistant Receptacles)

It is common knowledge that nothing, except for plugs, should be inserted into an electrical outlet. That being said, this is a surprisingly frequent occurrence in homes. The reason for this? Our beloved little ones, of course. Children are always learning new skills, like how to fit one object into another. Look away for one moment and your child may have grabbed a hairpin and tried stuffing it into the outlet, resulting in electrical shock or burns. Tamper Resistant Receptacles are specialized to prevent this from happening. These outlets have shutters inside that will not allow anything to pass through if it isn’t a two-prong plug.

GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters)

This type of outlet is also built to protect you and your family. GCFIs can be recognized by the “test” and “reset” buttons located on the receptacle. Often used in areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and garage, these outlets help to prevent burns, electrical shock, and electrocution. They monitor the amount of electricity flowing through a circuit and will shut off the power if they sense an interruption.

Upgrading your outlets is an inexpensive way to increase the safety of the electricity flowing through your home. If you are ready to make the change, give us a call today!

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