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Don’t Risk It: How High-Quality Circuit Breakers Protect Your Home

DON’T RISK IT HOW HIGH-QUALITY CIRCUIT BREAKERS PROTECT YOUR HOME

High-Quality Circuit Breakers help protect you from electrical fires and will trip if they detect a problem. It is important to make sure they are checked by an electrician and that the breaker itself works properly and has been tested by a certified professional.

We found a great article from CNET.com that talks about this very topic, we have included part of the article below, for the full article click here.

Enjoy part of this post below!


Circuit Breakers fulfills a simple task:

If too much current flows through the circuit, it breaks the circuit and disconnects the dangerous flow.

The problem isn’t the electricity itself, but what it can do: start a fire. If a cable gets damaged, it can create an arc that can ignite wood or other material. This unrestricted flow of current could be caused by a wrongly-wired plug, a faulty device or your dog chewing through a cable. Anything that makes the circuit the current has to flow through shorter than it should be (hence the term short circuit) or sends it to the wrong place is a problem because it can arc and cause a fire. That’s the main difference between circuit breakers and the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) sockets in your kitchen or bathroom: the latter protects you from electrical shock, while the circuit breaker in your basement prevents your house from burning down.

Somewhere in your house or apartment is a circuit panel that contains your circuit breakers. Each of these breakers is connected to a number of wall sockets or a single appliance. How much current will trigger these breakers depends on the type: most wall sockets will have 15- or 20-amp breakers, while large appliances like dryers may have larger ones. Whatever the capacity, they do the same thing: cut off the circuit if they detect a problem.

Inside is a mechanism called a magnetic breaker. In this, there is a coil of wire that the current passes through. Inside this coil is a small metal pin which can slide forward. When it moves, it pushes on another piece of metal, which is connected to a third piece that is part of the circuit. This is the active part of the breaker: normally, the current flows through it. When the pin moves and pushes the second piece, it moves the third piece and the circuit is broken. The circuit gets broken because a sudden increase in the current passing through the coil makes the pin move. The increased magnetic field created by this current pushes the pin, triggering the circuit breaker.


For more read the full article on CNET to read the full story on how circuit breakers will protect your home from electrical fires or other problems.

https://www.cnet.com/news/appliance-science-how-the-circuit-breaker-protects-you-from-fires/


High-Quality Circuit Breakers are important for both residential and commercial properties, make sure you have good equipment that has been tested by a professional.

Here at Civic Recycling, we back up our breaker testing with written test results, an insurance policy for you.

Properly tested circuit breakers are an insurance policy for you, your customers and your business. When it comes to the installation of circuit breakers your company takes on the liability if you install circuit breakers that are untested or have no documentation to back it up.

Eliminate the unnecessary risk with our help

All testing is performed by Certified Low Voltage Circuit Breaker Technicians. Contact us to learn more about this process and how we can give you peace of mind.

Our testing standards meet and/or exceed testing standards set out by  PEARL, NEMA, NETA IEEE and even the manufacturers testing standards.



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5 Ways To Build Better Electrical Safety Management Systems

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Electrical Safety Management Explained

Just about every business uses electricity. In fact, the use of electrical power is so commonplace that it’s easy to take for granted in some respects. Any electrical system has the potential to cause harm to both life and property and accidents do occur. These mishaps happen every day, whether here in Canada or elsewhere, and often it is because proper procedures in the treatment and use of electricity aren’t followed.

Personal injuries may be suffered in a variety of ways, including:

  • Direct contact with either an energized electrical conductor or a live circuit. The human body is an efficient electrical conductor and when an electrical charge enters the body the energy will travel through it seeking a ground. This can be fatal, as the electricity can cause a malfunction of the heart, the lungs, and other muscles.
  • Electrical energy can arc or jump from an exposed circuit or conductor through the air to a person who is grounded, causing similar death or damage as that of direct contact.
  • Thermal burns may be suffered from the heat generated by electrical arcs as well as burns received from materials catching on fire as a result of contact with arcs or the heat created by electrical currents. Contact burns caused by being shocked may show little damage to your skin yet create significant damage to internal tissue.
  • Receiving a shock while on a ladder or otherwise working above ground can cause a fall that may result in serious injury.

Your Electrical Safety System

Every business should have an electrical safety management system in place that provides basic training regarding ways to avoid being injured or killed by electricity and ways to prevent property damage or destruction.

Here are some tips on building a better electrical safety management system for all:

  1. Conduct semi-annual safety meetings for all employees stressing the dangers of electricity and how to protect against property damage/personal injury.

  2. Ensure personnel know what to do in an electrical emergency.

  3. Ensure all extension cords are of the proper size for the appliance they’re used to power, that they’re only used for temporary use, not coiled in use and inspected before use.

  4. Ensure all circuit breaker panels are properly labeled and any breakers that are replaced are certified safely operational.

  5. Conduct regular workplace assessments to ensure safe practices are being utilized throughout.

  6. When it’s time to replace a piece of electrical gear, utilize the services of a certified professional for replacement parts.


 

Learn more about how we test our electrical products, safety is our top priority. Civic Recycling is committed to delivering fantastics products to our customers across Canada. Think of us for Electrical Equipment and breakers including:

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Civic Is For Builders, Electricians, & Home Renovation Experts

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As a builder, electrician or expert renovator, it’s important to understand your needs. Whether you’re going to be buying in bulk for a business, performing smaller residential projects, or simply tackling something on your own.

Knowing what you need and what you don’t, no matter the job, can’t be overstated. All this leads us to talk about the services we offer at Civic Recycling. Some places specialize in supporting larger scale businesses, and some places specialize in supporting the little guy and the handyman.

At Civic we have the products and the infrastructure to support anyone who’s looking for a quality product.

 

Civic Recycling: Outstanding Electrical Stock

What makes our stock so great is not only the variety- we have circuit breakers, transformers, fuses, motor control- but the fact that we offer all of these products at varying prices. This, paired with our knowledgeable staff, will assist you in finding the product that perfectly suits your needs. Whether you’re a wholesaler, working in oil and gas, or in the agricultural industry, we have the products and services that will suit the needs of any person or business. A brief conversation with any of our well-versed sales team will position you to purchase the best product for your needs.

 

Professionally Reconditioned Equipment

In addition to our wide selection of electrical products and services, we offer professionally reconditioned and refurbished circuit breakers. While some may be put off by the idea of a second-hand piece of electrical equipment, our breakers go through rigorous testing. Not only that, but each breaker is reconditioned by a Certified Breaker Technician, come with a written test, and are backed by a one year 100% guarantee. Not only will the product perform to the highest of standards, as you would expect, but the product guarantee offers peace of mind as well.

 

Breaker Testing and Inspections

To further provide peace of mind and quality, each breaker once cleaned goes through a 36-point visual inspection. Once the visual inspection has taken place, each breaker goes through a three different tests to further inspect its reliability and quality. The three tests are an insulation resistance test- to verify the condition of the breakers insulating materials, a contact resistance test- to verify the current path of the breaker, and an overcurrent trip test- which verifies the time-current characteristics of the breaker.

What we’re trying to say here is that even though these breakers are reconditioned, the vigorous testing and thoroughness of each test guarantees that the product will operate exactly how a new product would. The refurbished product also realizes a cost saving which is passed along to the customer.


At the end of the day, no matter who you are and what size your business is, we have the products and the knowledge to take care of your needs. As we said, our fantastic selection and the option to purchase reconditioned products means that there is going to be something here for everyone at every price point.
Should you have any question regarding what the right product for you is, don’t hesitate to contact our sales staff with any and all of your queries. We’ll get you properly outfitted with the product and services that are right for you.

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Over 35,000 circuit breakers in our new online electric parts store!

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve put our circuit breaker inventory online in our brand new store — available for your browsing and ordering needs 24/7!

www.civicrecycling.com/shop

Civic Recycling Online store Circuit Breakers electric parts wholesalerThere’s over 35,000 circuit breakers with lots of obsolete and out-of-stock circuit breakers. (and that’s not even all of them — that’s all we could manage in this first release of our online eCommerce store). We test, certify and guarantee all circuit breakers for 1 year from date of purchase.

We carry new circuit breakers. Our reconditioned breakers sell for a fraction of the cost of new ones, with the 1 year guarantee. What more can you ask for?

We’re a full service shop — a wholesaler electric part store. So, within our walls you’ll also find a wide selection of transformers, fuses, switches, etc…, also with the same 1 year guarantee. Right now, we’ve only got our circuit breakers for sale through our online store; we’ll keep working to get everything we have online asap! We’ll also continue to add more photos of circuit breakers, too … all in good time! Continue reading…

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