Your friends at Tipmont Wintek want to be sure that if you are buying a new home you don’t overlook the hidden system of wires that surrounds you in the home.
During an inspection, the electrical professional will:
Once you have moved into your new home, there’s still some “homework” to do.
TAMPER-RESISTANT ELECTRICAL RECEPTACLES REQUIRED
Each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns when they stick items into the slots of electrical receptacles. If you are moving into a newly constructed home, especially if you have children, make sure electricians installed these receptacles.
TRRs have spring-loaded shutters that close off the contact openings, or slots, of the receptacles. When a plug is inserted into the receptacle, both springs are compressed and the shutters then open, allowing for the metal prongs to make contact to create an electrical circuit. Because both springs must be compressed at the same time, the shutters do not open when a child attempts to insert an object into only one contact opening, and there is no contact with electricity.
Tamper-resistant receptacles are an important next step to making the home a safer place for children.
Source: National Electrical Code
If you’re looking at purchasing an older home, an inspection by a licensed electrical inspector will determine if the home has working ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) installed properly. If it doesn’t, ask the seller to have them installed or compensate in price.
Some sellers or home inspectors may dismiss the value of GFCIs, but the Electrical Safety Foundation International says thousands of lives have been saved by them since their introduction into the National Electrical Code (NEC) in the 1970s. GFCIs can greatly reduce the risk of shock by immediately shutting off an electrical circuit when that circuit detects a shock hazard.
GFCIs can be installed in a circuit breaker panelboard or directly in a receptacle outlet.
GFCI protection is required by the 2017 NEC for newly installed and replacement 15- and 20-amp receptacles on kitchen countertops; in bathrooms, outdoor areas, unfinished basements and crawl spaces, garages, boathouses, and laundry areas; and within 6 feet of sinks, bathtubs and shower stalls.
Source: ESFI, NEC
Rob Ford is Tipmont and Wintek's communication director, a role he's held since 2015.
Rob has a bachelor's and a master's in Communication from Purdue University. He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and three children and has a life-sized Yoda statue in his office. Away from the office, you’ll find Rob working on his golf swing, jump shot, or hope for a Purdue basketball national title – all futile endeavors.