Circuit Breakers

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Circuit breakers are the modern day version of the fuse - they automatically turn off the flow of electricity at the electrical panel when too much current is being drawn through them (commonly known as “tripping the breaker”). The circuit breaker shuts off electrical current that otherwise could have resulted in a fire and / or personal injury. Once the electrical issue is fixed, the breaker can be reset and power restored.

It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the electrical panel and know which breakers control what electrical areas of your home. Most electrical panels feature a chart of how each breaker has been assigned by the electrician who installed the system. It is a good idea to keep a flashlight close to the electrical panel – it the power goes out, this flashlight will prove very useful.

Common Causes of Tripped Breakers

Electrical problems are usually the fault of an electrical appliance. When a homeʼs electrical system is facing a potential circuit overload, it responds by shutting off the electrical power. Some appliances have special power requirements and may draw more electricity than other appliances. In these cases, it is often necessary to re- position the appliances to different electrical outlet in the room.

Frequent ʻtrippingʼ of the circuit breakers may also indicate that the circuit is overloaded or the breaker itself is faulty. If the power outage is the result of a short circuit, as opposed to appliance overload, a reputable electrician should be contacted to make repairs.

Many fires occur each year because people are using the electrical equipment in their homes incorrectly. Avoid having your wiring altered by amateurs – always contact a professional electrician or recognized appliance service agent.

For more information or to receive a copy of Code Amendments, contact SaskPower at 1-888-757-6937 or visit www.saskpower.com.