Most people are aware that water and electricity together are a recipe for disaster. Unfortunately, many fail to realize the proximity of water and electrical outlets in places such as kitchens and bathrooms. Every outlet near a water source should be an equipped ground fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) outlet.

Also, even simply touching electrical appliances with wet or damp hands increases the chance of shock. Always unplug devices that aren’t in use, and keep them a safe distance from sinks and tubs. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for cords of radios, hair dryers, and phone chargers near wet or damp areas, such as near pools, bathroom sinks, and mopped floors.

2. They Need Insurance

Electrical Outlets Near Water Sources

It’s easy to find an electrician who will ignore the code of standards and do the work cheaper, but you want someone who puts the client’s safety first. While interviewing a potential electrician, look for integrity. An honest, qualified electrician will abide by safety standards while working. They also may offer advice on safety procedures for your business or home moving forward.

The average person considers their home to be a safe haven for their families. However, when it comes to your home’s electrical system, the safe space can become a danger zone if electrical hazards aren’t identified and addressed right away. There are dozens of ordinary, yet overlooked electrical risks and here are a few of the top electrical hazards to identify and fix in order to keep your home safe for the people who live in it:

Children Playing Near Electrical Outlets

2. Create an Outdoor Safety Plan

First and foremost, every electrician should be licensed and certified. A licensed electrician has gone through extensive training and apprenticeship, meaning thousands of hours of building, installing, and maintaining electrical systems. They can legally perform the required work and are educated in electrical codes and safety procedures. A certification, although not required, is highly recommended, as it confirms that the electrician specializes in their field of work.

Last, when choosing an electrician, pay attention to how they prioritize communication with you. If they answer and return calls in a timely manner and provide digital quotes via email, they clearly understand that effective communication goes hand-in-hand with customer service. A professional electrician will make sure his client is well informed of the work performed.

With Castle Electric, you’re guaranteed professional, quality work from a certified electrician. Our team is dedicated to performing top notch service on every project. If you live in the Eastern Massachusetts area and need electrical assistance for your home or business, give us a call.

It may have been a year or longer since you’ve last used or hung your lights. It’s best to test your lights first to make sure they’re functioning properly. After pulling them out from storage, carefully unravel them and analyze for any cracked, dull, or broken lights. If any lights need to be replaced, consider using C7, C9, or LED lights, which are all durable for their size and reliable for outdoor weather. Making a checklist helps determine what needs to be purchased beforehand:

  • A stable ladder
  • Waterproof C7/C9/LED lights (certified “outdoor”)
  • Plastic light hooks & clips (not metal nails or tacks)
  • Waterproof extension cords
  • Proper outdoor power outlet

As with anyone you hire, it’s good to check their previous work and references. A great electrician will have an admirable reputation. They don’t just do the job, but they do it well, efficiently, and have excellent customer service. A few ways to check online for reviews include the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. You can also search for the electrician’s Google Business page or social media pages to see what customers have said or rated. Be sure to check what their reviews say across all platforms, to make sure they’re accurate and up to date.

3. Use Caution While Hanging Light Displays

Overloaded Power Outlets

3. Review Their Reputation

In case of electrocution or other on-the-job safety hazards, it’s important for an electrician to have liability insurance. An insured electrician is not only looking out for the safety of themselves but also the business or home in which they work. Handling circuits or other electrical fixtures can be a dangerous business, as tampering with electricity can cause some serious, even fatal injuries. Before hiring an electrician, ask if they have coverage and if they can provide verification.

5. They Prioritize Communication

It’s that time of the year: trick-or-treating, family feasting, and last but not least, the traditional Christmas sweater contests. The holiday season is definitely here. From October through December, many families take pride in decorating their homes and yards by hanging outdoor seasonal lights. If you’re ready to finally win that neighborhood house decorating contest, or just excited to get in the festive mood, here are four electrical tips to keep your home safe when hanging seasonal lights:

Before hanging anything, it’s best to do a walkthrough of your yard and outdoor environment to scan the area for hazards: trees near or touching power lines, broken fixtures on the house, puddles or snow piles, and animal nesting areas. Check the surfaces of your house, balcony, etc. for any loose areas that light clips may not hold onto securely. Also, take measurements on how long your light cords and extensions need to be in order to safely plug into power outlets without tugging.


1. They Need a License

Be sure to connect your seasonal light plugs to a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, which automatically shuts down in case of overcurrent. While hanging, make sure the lights are easily reachable with a ladder. You don’t want to extend them too high or at difficult angles - this puts you at risk of losing your balance.

Nowadays, it’s habitual to overload sockets with phone chargers, laptops chargers, space heaters, and other essential cords, but not quite up to safety standards. Too many appliances in one power strip can still pose a risk for an electrical fire. Try to keep your plugged appliances at a minimum, unplugging anything that is not in use.

What to Look for When Choosing an Electrician

Poor Wiring

After all of your work is complete, there is always possibility of blowing a fuse, leaving you unsure of what went wrong. A certified electrician will have the background knowledge and immediate suggestions on what to do.

For additional advice on hanging seasonal lights or assistance with replacing and installing electrical fixtures, Castle Electric is one call away. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and look forward to servicing your home or business in the new year!

4. Call Your Electrician for Advice

Proper electrical wiring for any building is fundamental. Damaged or loose wires increase the chance of electrocution, power surges, and fires. For example, cables and cords that are excessively old or have been chewed on by pets or rodents could present cause for concern. If you discover deteriorating or incorrect wiring in your house, it’s wise to avoid touching it and call a professional to fix it.  

1. Make a Checklist

Children, especially babies and toddlers, should not be left unsupervised around uncovered electrical outlets. Even while under supervision, it only takes a quick moment for a child to investigate and put themselves in the way of potential harm. Since young children do not understand the repercussions of electrical shock and burns as teenagers and adults do, it’s wise to cover outlets with plastic closures. Parents and caretakers can take protection a step further by installing safety wall plates over outlets.  

From installations to emergency services, Castle Electric has the knowledge and skill of electrical safety procedures in residential and commercial buildings. If you need an electrician to correctly rewire or check your home for signs of electrical hazards, give us a call.

Hanging Outdoor Seasonal Lights? 4 Electrical tips to keep your home safe

4. They Follow Code Standards

Choosing an electrician isn’t as easy as screwing in a lightbulb. When it comes to quality, electrical wiring, searching for a cheap handyman may not be the best option. Even the smallest wiring mishap can blow a fuse, become a serious fire hazard, or worse.

As a homeowner, you want to make sure the electric wires throughout your home are functioning properly, well organized, and safely secured. Professional electricians have years of experience under their belt, and the expertise to prevent electrical hazards. So, before calling your top candidates, here are a few things to look for when choosing an electrician:

We often joke about the simplicity of screwing in a lightbulb, but it only takes the shock from one overheated light bulb to put someone in the emergency room. Just as with electrical outlets, it’s vital to keep bulbs away from wet areas and not to touch them with wet or damp hands. Also, be sure to keep them away from flammable material, such as curtains and upholstery. Last, but not least, always make sure you’re using the correct wattage of a light bulb to avoid overheating and fires.  

Electrical Hazards You Shouldn't Ignore