Bill’s Safety Circuit – Food warmer trips circuit…

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Bill's Safety Circuit
Root, Licensed Master Electrician, Answers Your Questions About Electricity And Safety

Dear Bill: During a recent party in our finished basement, our small food warmers continually tripped the circuit for both our lights and receptacles. What can be done to remedy this problem in the future?

Bill’s Answer: 
A circuit breaker is a safety device that shuts off your electricity when it exceeds a safe operating range. Always be careful to distribute your portable appliances over several circuits so that it does not overwhelm your power supply.

Additionally, a proper electrical installation never includes receptacles and lighting on the same circuit. Correctly installed receptacles and lighting are separated onto their own circuits. This arrangement is not just a good idea, it also prevents another safety hazard - groping in the dark in search of your electrical panel.

When the time comes to remodel your home always choose licensed contractors with excellent references. Talk over each aspect of the project with the electrical contractor. Tell him/her what the room will be used for
 and what kind of power demands you have now and expect in the future. Remember, knowledge is power - don’t be left in the dark.

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William Root

About the author

Bill has been employed as a journeyman electrician since 1974. His first 20 years comprised new construction of commercial industrial installations including but not limited to waste water treatment plant, nuclear power station, petroleum distribution tank farm, hospital, high rise buildings, and shopping malls. During the last 26 years his electrical installations have included light commercial and residential customers. Bill's began as an apprentice in Pennsylvania in 1972 and relocated to Virginia in 1986 to launch William J Root Inc., DBA Root Electric Services.