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Electrical repairs are no joke. While you'll obviously want to contact a professional if all the lights go off in your house, there are other reasons to call an electrician. Here are the top 8:

1. Your fuses blow easily
Do the lights go off every time you plug in your blow dryer while the coffee maker is on? If so, this is an indication that your circuits are drawing more of a current then they are able to provide. This may be a sign that there could be a dangerous problem with one or more circuit. 

2. You have power strips everywhere
If there are power strips filled with laptop and cell phone chargers and cords to other appliances all around your home, you should call an electrician. While power may be convenient, having too many devices plugged into them can cause your electrical system to be overworked. Consider asking an expert to add additional circuits. 

3. There are multiple wires running under your carpet
This is especially important to note. Not only could people trip on hidden wires, but constantly stepping on them is never a good idea. Consider installing more outlets so wires do not have to run under your carpet to reach one. 

4. You feel warm or get a shock when touching a light switch
If there are any light switches in your home that give you a tiny shock when you touch them, or if any power points are warm to the touch, you should know that this is not normal. This could simply mean that these circuits are being overworked, or it could be a sign of something more dangerous.

5. You have aluminium wiring 
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been numerous hazardous incidents* and fires throughout the U.S. that involve aluminium branch circuit wiring. In fact, according to a survey, homes built before 1972 that have aluminium wiring are 55 times more likely to have wire connections at outlets that reach "fire hazard conditions" than those that have copper wiring.

6. Your lights flicker
If your lights seem to flicker or dim whenever you use your air conditioner or another motor-driven appliance? If so, you may want to call an electrician to see if he or she can do something about it. 

7. You own a number of expensive electronics
You may already have surge protectors to take care of your expensive desktop computer or stereo system, did you know that an electrician can install a whole-house surge protection unit to make sure that all of your electronics are safe? Consider calling an expert and feel safe and sound at home.

8. You've never upgraded
If it's been 25 years or more since you upgraded the your home's electrical system, then you may be living with a sub-par one.

Call an electrician so he or she can help move you into the modern era with a new system that will be more accommodating to the needs of today's world.

How can you prevent electrical shocks?

If you've ever walked across a carpet and then touched a light switch and gotten a small shock, you know how startling it can be.

While these are unpleasant enough, the last thing you want to do is experience a full-blown electrical shock, which may not only cause you serious pain, but potentially kill you. This is why you should never do your own electrical repairs.

Don't overload
If you have too many plugs in one power strip, chances are you may be overwhelming your outlet. This increases the chance of electrical shock and even fire. Therefore, avoid plugging too many things into one outlet. Instead, spread all of your various chargers and wires throughout the outlets in your home.

Keep everything away from water
While you probably know that water and electrical appliances do not mix, you may have some appliances in dangerous places without even realizing it. For example, how close is your toaster to your kitchen sink? Could it be possible for you to be washing the dishes one day while making some toast and accidentally knock the toaster into the sink? Do you keep a radio in your bathroom in an area that's close to your tub? You should go throughout your home and take a close look at all your electrical appliances to make sure that none of them could potentially fall into any water and cause an electrical shock.

Always turn it off
Even if you're simply picking up an examining an electrical appliance to make sure it's working - you should always turn it off.

You don't want to even pick up a light fixture, lamp, toaster or anything similar without turning it off, as doing so can lead to you getting shocked or burned.

Call a professional
This last point really can't be stressed enough. You should never do your own electrical work - since attempting to do so is one of the most sure-fire ways to get an electrical shock.  Electricians are properly trained to handle these delicate situations and have the right equipment to get the job done. When it comes to electrical issues, there's no job too small for you to consider calling a professional if you want to ensure your safety.

We know what a daunting task it can be to identify and solve even the simplest home electrical challenges. That’s why we go out of our way not only to offer comprehensive solutions for all your residential electrical needs; we also provide you with the information and resources you need to make educated decisions about which solutions are best for you.

We’ve organized our residential electric products and services into four categories to help you find what you need quickly.

Let us show you how we can help improve and beautify your home, protect your family, and help you save on energy costs.

1. Upgrades and Improvements
Residential electrical upgrades and improvements not only increase the value and status of your home, they help you save money and energy while increasing your property’s safety and security. No matter what kind of home electrical upgrades and improvements you need, R.M. HARRIS ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS, we will take care of you. Give us a call today to make an appointment!

2. Safety and Security
At R.M. HARRIS ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS the safety and security of your family is our first priority. We also want to be sure that we take all the steps necessary to protect your home and property. The more information and knowledge about electrical safety we can provide our customers and the public, the better. We want to ensure that we provide the consumer with accurate and up to date electrical safety and security information.

3. Speciality lighting
R.M. HARRIS ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS, is the electrician of choice for custom lighting design and quality installation. Call us about designing and installing custom lighting in your home or business today. Let us help you create an ambiance that can not only be seen, but felt.

4. Home energy efficiency
More and more consumers are switching to energy efficient electricity. They want to make smart decisions when it comes to installing their home with appropriate energy saving devices. By making the switch you not only save yourself money, but you help save the environment from toxic fossil fuel pollution and help to create a more secure energy future for America.

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