What You Should Know About Installing New Power Outlets and/or Switches

  • Check all electrical outlets and switches to ensure that they bear the mark of a recognized certification agency. Click here for marks
  • Before you start – click here for 5 steps that can protect you, your family and your home.
  • Caution: Outlets may be connected to two different circuits of your home’s electrical wiring system – test both outlets prior to proceeding with any electrical work.
  • Outlets and switches must have proper coverplates that are in good condition to protect you and your family.
  • Loose outlets and switches should be repaired.
  • Outlets and switches that are warm to the touch, or hot, should be turned off immediately – and you should contact a licensed electrical contractor or electrician about this situation.
  • Never force a plug into an outlet if it does not fit – and never remove the third prong from a plug to allow it to fit into an outlet.
  • The Electrical Safety Authority recommends the use of a licensed electrical contractor or electrician for electrical work in your home.

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