Bob Vila Radio: Electrical Outlet Inspection

Now’s a great time to do a whole-house electrical inspection, and you can do this kind yourself.

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Listen to BOB VILA ON ELECTRICAL OUTLET INSPECTION, or read text below:

Now’s a great time to do a whole-house electrical inspection, and you can do this kind yourself.

Check the outlets in each room to be sure they’re covered by a plastic plate, working, and not damaged or loose.  Put your hand on the wall around each outlet to check for warmth, look for flickering lights and sniff for strange smells. If you ever seesparksor smoke, call an electrician immediately.

Make a note of any outlets that won’t accept three-pronged plugs.  If you have extension cords running around, make a note of where you need additional outlets.

In the kitchen and bath and outdoors, note any outlets that aren’t equipped with ground fault circuit interruptors. Required by code in many states, GFCIS will protect you and your family wherever water and electricity get close.

With your checklist, a licensed electrician can make quick work of upgrading your outlets and checking your wiring system for safety.

Get more info at BobVila.com… and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. 

For more on inspecting your electrical systems, consider:

Evaluate the Home Systems
The Electrical Rough-In
Electricity in the Modern Home