The new year is a time to look ahead. While you’re setting goals, don’t stop at your health or career. The new year is also a good time to take care of some things around your home. This is especially true when it comes to electrical safety. A residential electrician will always advise you to be proactive. A little bit of work now can save you from some potentially serious electrical mishaps later on. Resolve to keep your home in great shape this year. Start by reviewing these five New Year’s resolutions from the team at Polk Electric.

Resolution #1: Inspect your ground fault circuit interrupters

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are crucial for electrical safety in your home. Annual inspections are the best way to make sure your GFCIs are still in good working order. A residential electrician will check your kitchen, bathroom, and any other areas where water and electricity may be in close proximity.

Resolution #2: Repair or replace faulty appliances

We all probably have an appliance that doesn’t work as well as it used to. These can be fire hazards. Get it fixed or replace it. The money you spend will be well worth the protection you receive.

Resolution #3: Label breakers and fuses

Circuit breakers and fuses should be correctly labeled. Unfortunately (and especially in older homes), things get mislabeled from one owner to the next. A residential electrician can help you straighten things out. This will save you frustration later on if a fuse goes out.

Resolution #4: Check your home’s alarms

Smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, and security alarms are each essential for the safety of the people you love. Use the new year as a chance to conduct one of your regular checks on these devices. If you think any of your hardwired systems aren’t working, call an electrical contractor to fix it.

Resolution #5: Don’t wait to contact a residential electrician

When there’s trouble with your home’s electricity, don’t hesitate to call an electrician. You may not realize you’re in serious danger until it’s too late. A residential electrician will fix any issue you’re experiencing and they’ll alert you to any potential issues they find.

Start the new year off right. Contact a residential electrician from Polk Electric for servicing and repairs today.