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October is fire safety month. Home electrical fires account for an estimated $1.5 billion in property damage each year. Gardner Bender’s testers make it easy and safe to test electrical systems and avoid accidents. As a part of fire safety, it is important to have smoke alarms that work properly and are installed with a fully charged battery. Gardner Bender offers several solutions for testing multiple types of batteries, including our GBT-3502 Household Battery Tester and our GBT-500A Analog Battery Tester.

Ways to Avoid Property Damage Caused by Electrical Fires

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October is fire safety month. Home electrical fires account for an estimated $1.5 billion in property damage each year. Gardner Bender’s testers make it easy and safe to test electrical systems and avoid accidents.
 
As a part of fire safety, it is important to have smoke alarms that work properly and are installed with a fully charged battery. Gardner Bender offers several solutions for testing multiple types of batteries, including our GBT-3502 Household Battery Tester and our GBT-500A Analog Battery Tester. These two testers are perfect for verifying if the batteries in your smoke detector need to be replaced.

GFCI outlets are another crucial part of fire safety. A ground fault circuit interrupter is a protective device integrated into many electrical outlets, which protects electrical wiring and receptacles from overheating and possibly starting a fire. It will cut power to the outlet if it detects a change in electrical flow. These outlets are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms where electrical devices may be exposed to water. It is important to ensure that these outlets are wired and installed correctly so that if there ever is an electrical interruption the outlet will cut off before it overheats.

Gardner Bender manufactures several devices that can test the functionality of these outlets to make sure they are working correctly. Our receptacle testers, including the GFI-3501 Circuit Analyzer, will indicate common wiring errors in outlets to tell you if it is wired incorrectly. All the user needs to do is plug the tester into the outlet and the LEDs on the tester will light in a pattern to indicate how the outlet is wired. Most of these testers also include a GFCI testing functionality. Pressing the GFCI test button on the tester will simulate a GFI trip to verify that it is also working correctly. A working GFCI will greatly reduce the chances of an electrical fire erupting from an outlet and keep you and your family safe.
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