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Four Bright Ideas for Avoiding Electrical Problems in Charlotte This Winter

heater isolatedWinter can take a major toll on your home’s electrical system. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year there are over 26,000 fires caused by electrical problems, with December and January being the most dangerous months.

From routine inspections to appliance maintenance, the wide range of services performed by the professional electricians at Douthit Electrical can not only keep you safe but can help save you time and money this winter — and all year round — by ensuring your home’s electrical system in tip top shape.

Check out these four bright ideas for avoiding common electrical problems in Charlotte in this winter.

Schedule an inspection

Schedule an electrical inspection of your home’s wiring if you haven’t already or if you haven’t had one done within the last decade. This is especially important for older homes where outdated and deteriorating electrical wiring can be a common problem. Never assume your home’s wiring is okay without a thorough professional inspection. Today’s modern electrical gadgets and devices can be especially taxing on older circuits that were never designed to meet their demands. Inspecting and replacing any outdated wiring will not only make your home safer, but it can also improve efficiency.

Exercise caution when using seasonal electrical appliances

It’s important to inspect the condition of seasonal electrical appliance such as decorative lights, electric blankets, and space heaters, especially since it’s likely you haven’t seen or used them since last winter. Look out for frayed or worn cords and other signs of damage. Be sure to use appliances and lights per the manufacturer’s instructions, being especially careful of possible fire hazards. Buying new? Choose appliances and festive lighting with a safety seal of approval from a reputable safety organization such as the Underwriters Laboratory for added security and peace of mind.

Ensure your CO and smoke detectors are working

When was the last time you tested your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors to make sure they’re working? The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends testing your CO and smoke detectors at least once a month and replacing the batteries at least twice a year. For an extra measure of safety consider upgrading to hardwired fire and carbon monoxide detectors, which only use batteries as backup.

Always call a professional electrician

There are plenty of DIY projects to do around the house during the winter, but taking on electrical problems simply isn’t one of them! Without proper knowledge of electrical safety and systems, performing DIY electrical work can be dangerous if not fatal. While it’s important to be able to recognize the signs of potential electrical problems, always leave it to the professionals to repair them.

Regular maintenance of your home’s electrical system is an excellent way to avoid the hassle of dealing with electrical problems during the winter, a task we’re happy to help with at Douthit Electrical. Your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities year round! We’re only a phone call away!


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The Importance of Getting an Electrical Inspection in Charlotte before Buying a Home

Real Estate Home Inspection ReportPurchasing a home is likely to be the biggest investment that you ever make. It’s important when looking at a home to see beyond its basic aesthetic qualities and look carefully at key systems that you’ll need to function properly, particularly the electrical system. It is well worth paying for an electrical inspection prior to purchasing a home, to ensure that the home will be safe, and to assess the costs of any changes that will be need to be made. You don’t want to discover any surprise, expensive problems after it is too late to back out of the purchase. At Douthit Electrical, our licensed electricians do thorough home electrical inspections in Charlotte so that you can have the knowledge needed to make the right decision regarding a potential home.

Here are just some of the things we do during electrical home inspections in Charlotte:

When buying a home, you’ll want to use all of the information available to you to make your decision. Through an electrical inspection with Douthit Electrical, you’ll receive important information about a potential home’s electrical system that you can then take into consideration. For an electrical inspection in Charlotte or the surrounding areas, give us a call today!


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