Fire & Shock Prevention
The Oregon Electrical Safety Inspector's Safety check program identifies electrical fire and shock hazards often found in home's built before 2008. New houses are now required to have today's safety technology built-in during construction. Older homes must be retrofitted to achieve the same level of safety.
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In the last few years the Oregon Electrical Safety Code has included major revisions that directly affect Residential Electrical Safety. Those areas include:
IMPROVED GROUNDING: It is extremely important that certain parts of your home's electrical system be effectively connected to the
earth to avoid electrical fires and shocks. Grounding insures proper operation of breakers and fuses and helps to limit surges
due to accidental high voltage or lightening strikes.
A SAFE ELECTRICAL PANEL: Many problems in your electrical panel can go undetected until it is too late. Some technologies have proven
to be unsafe such as Zinsco and Federal Pacific brand circuit breakers which could cause dangerous electrical conditions. Other problems
could be related to older residential wiring systems. An unchecked and aging electrical panel is one antique you DON'T want in
GROUND FAULT PROTECTION: A ground fault interrupter (GFCI) is a device designed to protect people from electric shock. Ground fault
protection is now required in areas where water (or dampness) and electricity are in close proximity such as bathrooms, garages, kitchens,
basements and outdoors. Installing GFCI's could prevent over two thirds of the electocutions that occur each year in and around the
SWITCHES AND RECEPTACLES: All switches and receptacles are now required to be either grounded or protected with Ground Fault Protection.
Also, receptacles must now include tamper resistant technology. This is a simple, permanent solution to help prevent electrical injury
SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS: Smoke alarms save lives by providing an early warning of fire. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths
occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Carbon monoxide, often called the "silent killer" is virtually undetectable without the
use of technology used in a Carbon Monoxide alarm.
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ARC FAULT PROTECTION: An arc fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated or stressed electrical wiring or
devices. Because arching faults are one of the major causes of the more than 52,600 electrical fires that occur each year in the United
States. Arc fault circuit interrupters are now required in all new homes. AFCI's are devices that detect hazardous arching conditions
and shut off the electricity before a fire can start. Older homes with aging wiring systems can benefit from added protection provided