Replace and Upgrade your Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.Did you know that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)* urges replacing home smoke alarms after 10 years? As leaders in home safety, the NFPA also encourages you to upgrade your smoke alarms to a combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarm for double protection. We as licensed professionals can help you determine the age of the smoke alarms in your home and if they meet code requirements.
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Ignoring Your Home's Electrical System Can Be A Costly Mistake.Our lives literally depend on the safe use of electricity in our homes, and often safety hazards can go unnoticed or unseen. Even what homeowners might think of as a "minor" problem can lead to a devastating fire. In fact, electricity is a leading cause of home fires in the U.S. By making sure you have a thorough electrical inspection completed by a qualified electrician before buying, selling, or remodeling a home, you can help ensure your home's electrical system operates at the highest level of safety possible.
Outdated Electrical PanelsMore than half of the homes today were constructed before the 1970s, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means more than half were built decades before many of these modern, electronic conveniences even were invented. Most of these older homes possessed no more than 60-amp electrical service. Today, homes should have at least 150 amps. These facts point to a problem—older homes, unless their electrical system has been upgraded, are being overburdened. These outdated electric systems and panels cannot safely handle the demands of today’s society.
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