1. Receptacle have metal contact points for the hot, neutral, and ground connections that, over time,wear out and loose theirgripping power to hold cords tightly. This creates dangerous exposed contact points on the plug and little or no contact withthe receptacle blades which produces heat in the receptacle and the cord. The hear will cause damage to the wiring and likely lead to a circuit breaker tripping or a fuse blowing. As a safety measure, replace all worn our, cracked or damaged receptacles,all non-polarized receptacles or any that feel warm to the touch.
2. The National Electrical Code now requires new and renovated homes to have tamper-resistant receptacles. These havespring-loaded shutters that close off the slots of the receptacles. When a plug is inserted Into the receptacle, both springsare compressed and the shutters open, allowing the metal prongs to make contact and create an electrical circuit- Becauseboth springs must be compressed at the same time, the shutters do not open when a child attempts to Insert an object Intoonly one contact opening, and there Is no contact with electricity. Tamper- resistant receptacles are an important next step tomaking the home a safer place for children.
3. How many times have you flipped your light switches off and on over the years? Chances are the switch has been flippedthousands of times. Over time the springs and contact points Inside the switch wear out. When the spring lacks enoughtension to ensure a tight connection resistance and heat will increase causing a potentially hazardous situation. Any switch that feels warm or ”sizzles" should be replaced Immediately.
4. A national survey conducted by Franklin Research Institute for the Consumer Products Safety Commission showed thathomes built before 1972, and wired with aluminum, are 55 times more likely to have one or more wire connections at outlets reach "Fire Hazard Conditions" than homes wired with copper. Home with aluminum wiring should have all the connectionpoints cleaned, coated with an oxidation Inhibitor and re-attached to a new aluminum rated device, torqued to the exact specification, to minimize the risk of fire.
5. Old, outdated, painted-over receptacles and switches just look bad. Give your home a ”facelift" by replacing all those worn out receptacles and switches, your home will look 20 years younger!