Electrical outlets are one of the most widely used electrical contraptions in any home. After all, it powers every electrical device and home appliance on the property. But like any electrical fixture, power receptacles or outlets also suffer wear and tear. When this occurs, safety dangers lurk, especially for the littlest ones in the household.
Homeowners should at least seek Electrical diagnostic services from a competent electrician to avoid such occurrence. DIY Electrical troubleshooting is frowned upon given the safety risks.
Homeowners should familiarize themselves with the different types of power outlets, so they could at least know the features of the receptacles. Some receptacles like the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI), GFI Outlets, and Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR) have built-in safety features that protect children and adults from fatal electrical injuries.
Common electrical outlets at home
- 15A 120-Volt Power outlets. This is the most common type of power receptacle used in older residential properties or those built more than 20 years ago. It comes in either two or three-pronged, with the latter providing a layer of protection from shock because of loose wiring connections.
- 20A, 125-Volt Power receptacles. This type of power outlet is commonly used for appliances that draw a sizeable amount of power when operating. These include dishwashers, washing machines, and the like. This receptacle comes with a ground slot and a horizontal slot.
- 20A, 250 Volt Electrical outlet. This type of power receptacle, powers appliances that draw a huge amount of power, and require a dedicated outlet for continuous use. Examples of these electrical devices include air conditioning systems, clothed dryers, and even electric ovens.
- GFCI outlets. As mentioned above, this type of receptacle has a built-in safety feature that shuts off the system upon detecting contact with water. It is best used in areas where water could accidentally get into appliances that are plugged in, or into the receptacles themselves. These places include the bathroom, the kitchen, the laundry room, the basement, among other rooms with water sources.
- TRR Outlets. Tamper-resistant Receptacles are the latest requirement for new home construction as this significantly prevents electrical injuries in children. Other ways of preventing children from tampering with electrical outlets are found to be ineffective, and the TRRs are the best way to safeguard young kids from possible electrical shock or worse, fatal electrocutions.
An electrical company can easily upgrade the outlets in any residential property so that these could be safer. Electrical troubleshooting and upgrades should also be immediately carried out by professionals to prevent electrical issues from worsening.