5 Safety Issues an Electrician Can Check In Your Home

Updated: May 3, 2019

Your home is filled with electrical items. From your computers to your TV, kitchen appliances to your lighting - and if you want the home to run efficiently, you need to ensure these are functioning correctly. While there are some things you can check yourself, others are best left to a professional.

In fact, in Ontario (and across many places in Canada, the USA, and the world), the Electrical Safety Authority states that you must have a licensed electrician complete major electrical work. If you ignore this and decide to DIY, you risk insurance compliance and void warranties if anything does go wrong.

A risk not worth taking, here are some of the things you should have your electrical services Ontario professional check regularly:

Switchboard The switchboard is the heart of your electrical system in the home. It directs the electricity from the source of supply, through to all the rooms and areas of the house where you need electricity. It comprises either one or a few panels, and each of these contains switches that distribute the power throughout the home. Any damage to the switchboard could result in damage to the home, so it’s important you have this checked regularly to ensure it’s working.

Safety Switches

When there is a problem with your electrical system inside the home (such as a faulty appliance), you’ll generally find that the power cuts out. That’s your safety switch working. These monitor the flow of the electricity in a circuit, and if they detect anything wrong, they’ll switch off the power immediately to prevent any damage (or fire). They can also protect you against electric shock. It’s imperative that these are working efficiently for you and your family’s safety.

Power Outlets/ Sockets

If you have noticed any cracks or overheating in your power outlets, it’s time for an upgrade. And the same goes for the sockets – don’t risk plugging your appliances into a socket that is cracked or damaged in any way. Power outlets and sockets can also have undetected faults, which is why it’s so important you have an electrician stop by.


As time goes by, your appliances might not work as well as they used to and while you might be tempted to fix them, often it’s better to invest in new appliances instead. If you’re not sure which option is best, an electrician can assist with everything from your washing machines and dryers, to your dishwasher, microwave, and electric stove.

Did you also know that you can have an electrician install your appliances if required? If you’ve invested in a Smart fridge-freezer and you’re not sure how to get it to work properly, call your local electrical services Ontario.

Lighting / Switches

Whether you are installing new lights or dimmers, or you need to upgrade, a professional will save you time and money. When it comes to the switches themselves, if you notice any cracks, the switch is wobbly, or they don’t seem to be working as efficiently as they should be, it’s time for a check-up.

When it comes to your electrics, you don’t want to take the risk. It could impact your home or your life. If you’re looking for electrical services Ontario, get in touch with our team today. RFG Electrical provides residential, commercial and industrial electrical services across Windsor-Essex County and surrounding area.

Please note also that our services come with a guarantee!

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