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624 S. Mansfield, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 

Phone: 1-734-482-0977

Fax: 1-734-482-2034

General Email: info@afsmith.com

Request for Work: rfp@afsmith.com

SAFETY

Sadly, lives are lost and businesses ruined from fires created by improper electrical work. Because of our extensive training, safety for our customers is always a primary concern for our electrical professionals.

 

Every union contractor and electrician follows strict safety guidelines, as established by electrical codes, regulations, and contractor/union agreements. Comprehensive safety manuals and training are standard on every jobsite, guaranteeing both superior quality and worker safety.

Residential Electrical Safety Tips

Inside the house:

  • Plugs that are not secure on a cord should be replaced immediately; plug plates, switch plates and fixture covers should be firmly in place.

  • GFCI plugs are mandatory for bathrooms and within 6 feet of a kitchen sink and for garages and basements.

  • Panel covers are required for panel boxes. Circuits should be labeled clearly and all fuses/breakers should match wire size.

  • Check electrical panel for hot spots. If you find any, give us a call immediately.

  • Make sure extension cords are the proper size for the load, and only use them for temporary purposes. Do not use them as a permanent power supply, or for an extended period, and keep all extension cords away from water. Extension cords used for power tools should be plugged into a GFCI outlet.

  • Do not hang anything on exposed wires, and do not store items or walk on exposed wires.

  • Do not store flammable materials next to lights.

  • Check and clean smoke detectors monthly. If you do not have smoke detectors, it is recommended that you purchase and install them immediately. If the units you have are more than 10 years old, manufacturers recommend replacing them.

  • Replace any and all bare wires immediately.

Outside the house:

  • Check your meter’s service cable; make sure there are no holes in the outer cover from weather wear or physical damage.

  • Make sure service cables are sealed properly where they enter the house. Look for and correct water damage or leaks; water in either the service box or panel can cause corrosion, destroy fuses and/or create outages.

For a job done right (the first time), give us a call.

Retail/Commercial Electrical Safety Tips

  • Test your emergency and exit lights for at least five minutes each month.

  • Check all interior lights weekly for customer and employee safety.

  • Check exterior lights on the building and in parking areas weekly. 

  • Adjust indoor and outdoor timers according to the season.

  • Ensure all lighted signs are working properly; they are billboards for your business.

  • Test all GFCI outlets monthly.

  • Avoid using extension cords as outlets; add outlets as needed.

  • Make sure the electrical panel is clearly and accurately marked, showing circuit allocation. This will come in handy if power needs to be shut off to a given area in an emergency or when repairs are needed.