C.J.S.  Electrical Company
                    Electrical Construction, Service and Repair  
    919-387-5872 / 919-774-3050

*Proudly serving Wake, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Moore, and Harnett counties in central North Carolina.
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Each year many Americans are injured in and around their homes because of unsafe electrical conditions such as overloaded circuits, damaged wiring, misuse of extension cords and inproperly protected circuitry. Studies by the Consumer Product Safety Commission show that the majority of serious fires did not need to occur.

The conditions that caused the fires probably would have been detected if the electrical system had been inspected by a qualified electrician. We at CJS Electrical Co. send out ONLY state licensed electricians to be as sure as possible that all potential hazards are properly recognized and dealt with. In many of the cases investigated by the CPSC, it was found that a high percentage of the homes had not been inspected since they were built.

Every electrical system should be inspected on a regular basis. Many older homes do not have grounded electrical systems. The most important component of any electrical system  is proper grounding. Since electricity continually searches for the shortest path to ground and the path of least resistance  --- that path may be through YOU or a piece of sensitive electronic equipment --- if your system is not properly grounded.

Loose connections of any kind can create additional hazards. A loose "neutral" for example can start fires or damage equipment and send surges throughout your electrical system. Loose connections mean corrosion and eventual problems. The only way to prevent this is by having regular electrical safety inspections. 


*If your last inspection was more than 40 years ago, an inspection is long overdue.

*If it has been 10+ years an inspection is advisable, especially if substantial electrical loads have been added.

*Houses where the service panel is located outside should be inspected every 1 - 2 years.

*An inspection is also needed if there is any sign of any hazard at all no matter how young the dwelling may be. An electrical system should be flawless.


An electrical tour around your home could save lives and money.

A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is an electrical device that can protect you from electrical shock and can prevent fires. They should be installed in bathrooms, kitchens, outdoors and in garages. GFCI's should be tested monthly. If you do not have proper GFCI protection please contact us here.

If a plug seems to fit loosely into an outlet, the outlet needs repair or replacement. A loose fitting outlet can cause overheating. Please contact us.

Use light bulbs that are the proper wattage for the lighting fixture. A bulb that exceeds the rated capacity can overheat and potentially cause a fire.

To avoid electric shock during lightning storms use caution around all electrical utilization equipment and unplug all unused appliances. To protect against surges have a whole house surge protector installed. We install a very high quality, UL listed device which is guaranteed for life, and comes with a $25,000 connected equipment warantee (should the protector fail) at a very reasonable price. Contact us for details.

Circuits can only handle a specified total wattage of all the electrical products connected to that circuit.
If too much wattage is plugged into a circuit, serious problems can result.
A 15-ampere circuit can safely carry 1500 watts.
A 20-ampere branch circuit can safely carry 2000 watts.

Find the nameplate of each appliance or utilization equipment (watts) and add up the total per circuit. Do not exceed the circuit ratings! Doing so will shorten the life span of the circuit or cause immediate problems.

Most residential lighting and wall outlet branch circuits are rated at 1500 watts and are 15-amp breakers. Kitchen circuits are rated at 2000 watts and are protected by 20-amp breakers. The wire size corresponds to how much heat (power in watts) it can safely handle.  Proper wire sizes MUST be used with proper breaker sizes to protect against hazards arising from anything being plugged into any circuit. If you have ANY DOUBT at all, please DO NOT attempt electrical repairs or installations on your own. Give us a call and we'll be happy to assist you. It's our profession.