Troubleshooting Electrical Shocks From Light Switches

Light switches are one of the most benign and intuitive mechanical contrivances of modern life, and it’s hard to imagine a day going by without using at least one. But as with anything, it will only work correctly if it’s installed properly, and even then, repeated use can take its toll on the device. The next thing you know, it could be sending a jolt of electricity into your body. 

Why does this happen, though? And more importantly, what can you do about it? In today’s post, one of the area’s top electrical contractors, Bailey & Shipp Electric, troubleshoots a “shocking” light switch.

It’s not grounded. While it’s technically legal to install a light switch without grounding it, most modern electrical companies will normally ground it as a safety measure. A light switch that isn’t grounded will sometimes electrify the switch itself, especially if it’s made of conductive material like metal. And if it’s not obvious yet, a light switch in a metal box is an electrical risk, so you should replace it with one made of non-conductive materials.

If you notice that most of your light switches give you a shock, your electrical system might need to be looked at. Let our electricians handle this for you.

Your wiring system may be outdated. This is especially a problem in older homes, which were built before electrical safety regulations were put into place. In this case, contact us right away for an assessment so we can determine how to rewire your home.

Sometimes, though, the wiring may not exactly be outdated, but rather damaged. This involves frayed cords, damaged appliances or exposure to water. These are all fire risks, so if this happens, contact your trusted electrical contractor right away.

Bailey & Ship Electric is your friend when you need electricity—and we’re not only residential contractors, but commercial electric contractors as well. For more tips and tricks on how to reduce your energy consumption, call us at (410) 457-3507. You can also fill out our contact form here. We’re a Northern Virginia electrical contractor that serves residents in and around Washington, DC, and VA.

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