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How to do a yearly electrical inspection

Published On: May 08 2014 11:29:00 AM CDT   Updated On: May 21 2014 02:26:51 PM CDT

By Chaya Kurtz, Networx

It's not a bad idea to inspect your electrical system for obvious signs of failure once a year. According to a reputable electrician, your eyes are pretty much the only tool you need to do a DIY yearly electrical inspection. Here’s how:

*Look to see that outdoor wires are not touching trees.

*Open up your breaker/fuse box and look for burn marks. Then test all the breakers.

*Check outlets for burn marks. (Do you see a theme emerging?)

*Test your GFCI outlets to make sure that each one is working.

*Check for loose electrical parts: boxes, outlet covers, etc. Bolt them down, OK?

*Use an electrical tester to be sure all outlets work.

*Throw away old or frayed extension cords.

Source: http://www.networx.com/blog/how-to-do-a-yearly-diy-electrical-inspec