Rest assured, Watts and Holmes takes safety seriously. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 26,000 home fires are started each year by electrical fires. That’s why we spend many hours training our technicians and keeping them up-to-speed on the latest in keeping you and your family safe from any electrical issues. We’re always researching and finding better ways to serve you so your family can always feel safe. We’ve assembled some home safety tips to help. AS ALWAYS, LET A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL HANDLE YOUR HOME’S ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS!!!

Have your electric panel inspected. There have been recalls on electric panels that were installed in previous years. If you haven’t had your home’s electrical panel inspected or replaced, or if you suspect yours is outdated, be sure to call a professional to assess if your panel needs to be updated. We’ll provide you with a FREE panel inspection as part of any service call to ensure yours is in top-working order.

  • Always check the references of any electrical services provider to ensure they are properly trained and certified. Always make sure you only call a contractor who conducts drug-testing and does background checks on their employees.
  • Light bulbs are the most common electrical fixture in homes. However, when not used properly, they can also pose potential hazards. Be sure the light bulbs you are using are the appropriate wattage for the lamp or light fixture. Also, before you change a light bulb, make sure the lamp or light fixture is turned off.
  • Always unplug any unused appliances. Inspect all cords to see that they aren’t damaged, twisted, or blocked by other items.
  • Do not attempt to repair electrical items yourself, including panels, appliances, or outlets. Always hire a professional for electrical repairs.
  • Keep away from electrical units and appliances if your hands are wet or you are near water.
  • During winter months, many hazards are present with small, electrical heaters. Always follow the heater’s guidelines, making sure it is in good working condition, and keep it at least three feet away from loose items, covers, or curtains.
  • Never try to change or repair an electrical cord yourself. This could cause potentially serious fire hazards while plugged into the electrical outlet.
  • Be sure to cover electrical outlets so that small children cannot play with them as this could pose a shocking hazard.
  • If your home’s lights mysteriously flicker on and off, have a professional inspect for potential electrical issues. A lose wire could cost you thousands, and put your family in great danger.
  • Don’t plug too many appliances into one outlet at once.
  • Only use extension cords on a temporary basis…these weren’t intended for long-term use. Be especially cautious around the holidays with extra cords, lights, and accessories.
  • Unplug small appliances, such as toasters, coffee pots, or hair dryers, after each use.
  • Only purchase appliances with the recommended safety-tested labeling to ensure they meet all electrical requirements.
  • Always check your home before you leave to ensure all appliances are turned off and/or unplugged.
  • Older homes often have worn wires, outdated panels and circuits. It’s important to have your older home’s electrical system inspected regularly. How do you know if you have old wiring? Here are some photos to help you identify them.

Remember to always let a professional handle your home’s electric system, Watts and Holmes is here to help. If you have an electrical service issue or question, let us know.  We're your electric detectives!