Dangers of Using Extension Cords

Dangerous use of extension cords burned this receptacle

  To illustrate the potential dangers of using extension cords,  we wanted to share a recent service call experience.   In April, we were called to investigate a burned out receptacle for a young family in Courtenay.   The homeowners had been charging an electric car using an extension cord but but unbeknownst to them, the … Continue reading Dangers of Using Extension Cords

Circuit Breaker Tripping?

circuit breaker tripping - when to hire a service call electrician

Each week we receive several calls from homeowners experiencing problems with a circuit breaker tripping.   It's wise to have a licensed electrician check your panel to rule out a serious problem because this can be an indicator of an overloaded circuit or faulty wiring.  If not repaired, these situations could lead to an electrical … Continue reading Circuit Breaker Tripping?

Smoke Detector Maintenance

Just a reminder to Comox Valley residents of the importance of regular smoke detector maintenance.  Smoke detectors are stoic protectors of our households but in order for them to work reliably, they need regular maintenance.  This seemingly mundane task is often overlooked but should be a routine job performed in addition to regularly practicing your household fire escape … Continue reading Smoke Detector Maintenance

How to tell if your electrical device is safe for use in Canada

Is your electrical device safe for use in Canada?   In today's global marketplace, a plethora of counterfeit electrical products are on the Canadian marketplace.  Cell phone chargers, extension cords, outlet splitters, holiday decorations and many other electrical products are widely available at bargain prices.   While these inexpensive items might seem like a good value due … Continue reading How to tell if your electrical device is safe for use in Canada

Preventing Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of house fires in Canada today.  As a licensed electrician, focussing on preventing electrical fires is an important component of the work I do each day in homes and businesses throughout the Comox Valley. For information on electrical fire prevention I encourage you to read the Government of … Continue reading Preventing Electrical Fires