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How To Prepare For An Electrical Emergency

The Local Electrician

December 14, 2021

Electrical Emergency

Being prepared trumps anything when you find yourself in an electrical emergency. But where can you start in preparing for this situation? The first thing to do is to know why these electrical issues occur in the first place. Having this information handy helps in planning out the things needed and what to do next after experiencing such an emergency.

Common Electrical Emergencies

There are a couple of electrical problems that affect residential and commercial buildings. Some emergencies may seem simple but could significantly affect the property. It is best to be aware of signs indicating these electrical problems. Damaged switches, fallen private power poles and overhead cables and short circuits are some common electrical emergencies in both homes and businesses.

Things to Prepare

Preparedness is the best weapon to be in a better position when in this situation. It helps prevent being overwhelmed while dealing with the problem.Here are some suggested preparations for any electrical emergencies:

Know Where The Electrical Switchboard's Location

The electrical switchboard is the heart of the electrical wiring system. Knowing the location of this equipment helps stop any electrical issue from impacting other parts of the system. It also helps prevent electrical hazards, like electrical fires or electrocution, from happening.

Keep Flashlights and Other Essentials in an Easy Access Place

When the lighting system is affected or the private power pole falls during a storm or at night, it is best to have a flashlight available, as well as other essentials. It is also recommended to have these essentials located in an easy-to-access location. It lessens the time spent gathering them and easily gives the owner a chance to check which caused the power to go out.

Save the Contacts of a Trusted 24 Hr Electrician

When an emergency happens, it is best to have someone to depend on. A licensed, experienced and reliable call out electrician is best to be around when in this situation. Keep a trusted emergency electrician number on your speed dial. Or having them in your address book enables you to quickly have an expert to help fix whatever problem you may be experiencing. For more serious electrical defects and emergencies, such as fallen private power poles, point of attachment defects, consumer main defects, overhead wiring issues. Then you may also need the expertise of a licensed level 2 electrician, who is the only electrician who can work directly on repairs that are connected to the energy grid.

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What to Look for in a Self Leveling Laser Level

Before we look at our individual choices, let’s talk about self-leveling lasers, and what you should expect. There are a number of factors to consider, and manufacturers offer all kinds of bells and whistles. In that sense, every laser level is unique. But there are also some features you should be looking at in every laser level. You need to consider the accuracy, the type of laser light, the laser’s range, and the quality of the build. Let’s take a look at each of these.

Accuracy

Before we look at our individual choices, let’s talk about self-leveling lasers, and what you should expect. There are a number of factors to consider, and manufacturers offer all kinds of bells and whistles. In that sense, every laser level is unique. But there are also some features you should be looking at in every laser level. You need to consider the accuracy, the type of laser light, the laser’s range, and the quality of the build. Let’s take a look at each of these.

Laser Color and Brightness

Most laser levels are made with either red or green lasers. This is because those wavelengths are the ones that are most visible to the human eye. But even the most easily visible laser can be hard to see in the outdoors. This is because the sun is 10 times as bright as ordinary interior light. You don’t notice it when you step outside, because your eyes adjust in a few seconds. But the sheer intensity of the sunlight will block out all but the brightest laser levels. And even levels that work outdoors will have much shorter range than they will indoors. For this reason, some levels come with white or reflective panels to project the laser onto.

Laser Range

Next, you need to think about the range of the laser light. This will be a combination of brightness and accuracy. At the point where the beam is no longer visible, or wildly inaccurate, it can no longer be used. Professional-grade outdoor levels will be effective to at least 100 feet, and sometimes as far as 300 feet. Indoor levels will typically have a much shorter range, since a longer range is usually pointless.

Quality of Engineering

Finally, look at the overall quality of the build. Is the level water-resistant? Is it designed for tripod mounting? What are your other mounting options? Is there a carrying case? Can the level withstand a drop? These types of considerations are particularly important when you’re using your level outdoors. However, even an indoor level is subject to abuse, and will benefit from good mounting options.