Important facts about grounding The nature of electricity is to
always find the easiest path to ground. See that fat, round third
prong? It automatically makes an easier path to ground and prevents
accidents. Never disable safety by cutting off the third prong.
Most modern appliances come with grounding plugs.Use them in
three-prong outlets, especially around areas where moisture builds
up, like cellars, garages and outdoors. Expensive electronics also
need a three-prong outlet to protect them from power surges.
Every ten years, renew this inexpensive insurance . . .
One of the most crucial home safety devices is almost impossible
to find. It doesn't stand out -- in fact, it doesn't do anything
until there's a problem, one that's usually far, far away from your
This safety device is the electrical grounding
wire. It prevents shock, fire and damage during a major
power surge, such as a lightning strike on a substation.
Grounding wires run from your meter to underground rods or to
copper water pipes. Grounding wires can become corroded or damaged.
As your yard settles, your lawn mower may have hit a grounding
connection without your even knowing it.
Grounding wires are inexpensive to replace. If your home
is over ten years old, call an electrician to have your grounding
wire checked or replaced.
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Water and electricity never mix
Be sure to check that Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are installed in your kitchen and bathroom outlets. In compliance with the National Electric Code, GFCI outlets must be installed in any area where electricity and water may come into contact, including basements, attached garages and outdoors. In case of an accident, the GFCI can cut off the power source in less than a second, preventing electrocution. Call an electrician to install GFCI outlets in these areas of your home.