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Three-Prong Adapter: Safe Usage Tips

Making certain that your lights and holiday fixtures operate properly should be at the top of your priority list as we approach the winter holidays. The reason is simple: improperly installed fixtures can trip circuits, cause fires, and even cause electrocutions.

Play It Safe with a Three-Prong Adapter

One of the most common electrical problems in residential settings are people that do not know how to properly make a three-prong plug work in an older two-prong electrical outlet. Thankfully, there is a solution: the three-prong adapter.

A three-prong adapter is a simple device that plugs into a two-prong outlet, allowing homeowners to utilize modern electrical devices without having to “hack” the cord. When installed correctly, it provides a safe and quick alternative to upgrading the outlet. Done incorrectly, it can cause damage to the device or the home.

How to Use It Safely

It is important to understand the role that the third prong plays in keeping your home safe. All outlets are connected to a “ground” circuit that channels excess electricity away from the home and trips the circuit in an emergency.

A ground exists in all outlets, regardless if you see the third prong or not. The difference is that you may have exceptional trouble in accessing it. On the back of the adapter there is a simple metal piece that fits behind the screw connecting the face-plate of the outlet to the actual box. Simply remove the screw, position the grounding-connector, and screw it back in! If done properly, you will discover it is next to impossible to remove the adapter. Just be certain that you turn off the electrical circuit at the junction box first! If you do not connect it with the electrical outlet correctly you are risking power surges, electrical discharges, and a host of other issues.

Keeping your home safe from electrical problems starts with consulting with the best electrician in Towson. Our team at Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling is ready to help you discover the best tools to safely light your home this holiday season, from the right extension cables to the proper way to use three-prong adapters. Call to schedule a stress-free consultation today!

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