Ungrounded outlets are dangerous. However, many homeowners might not recognize the danger that they present. If you look around your home, you will see a combination of two-prong and three-prong outlets. You’ve probably never cared to look up what the difference is. Either way, it’s something that is important to learn, especially if you are thinking about becoming an electrician.
What Are They?
Whenever an overload happens, the grounding wire absorbs it and deflects that excess energy. This safety measure can prevent electrical fires and random sparks spraying out all over your carpet, your furnishings, your pets, and your children. The third prong is what provides the grounding wire. Two prong configurations often do not have this feature, which means that whenever an overload happens, they are less effective at sending the extra energy away.
Appliances, organic matter, and the air are all likely targets for where the electricity will go. In every case, all three are extremely dangerous. Until the 1960s, ungrounded outlets were common in almost every home and every building. Eventually, they were replaced by grounded outlets that could handle the larger electricity demands of ordinary homes as technology progressed.
These days, any ungrounded outlets are not considered safe and up to code. That’s why updating and upgrading the outlets in your home, even the grounded ones, remains as important five years from now as it was five years ago. You will also need to account for it when you are planning to move. When it’s time to design a custom home, make sure to put in grounded outlets instead of ungrounded outlets.
Can They Be Replaced?
Replacing ungrounded outlets isn’t difficult. Even so, you should leave it to a professional electrician. After all, you can never be too careful, especially if the wiring in your home is old, faulty, and unstable.
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