Contact Information

JDC Electrical Contracting, Inc.
PO Box 778
Neshanic Station, NJ 08853

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Areas Served: 

  • Hunterdon County, NJ
  • Middlesex County, NJ
  • Somerset County, NJ 

Electrical Safety Tips 

In addition to providing customers with excellent electrical services, JDC Electrical Contracting, Inc. in Somerset County, NJ offers electrical safety tips for your home. The information will help you protect your home and family from accidents. Please read on to learn more about.

Smoke Detectors  

  • Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, hallway and basement and they should be interconnected throughout the home and have a battery backup. This will ensure that when one sounds, all will sound.
  • Both ionization smoke alarm and photoelectric smoke alarm should be installed for maximum protection.
  • Test smoke alarms every month by pushing the test button.
  • Replace the batteries once a year. When you hear the alarm “chirp”, replace the battery immediately.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed as per manufacturer’s instructions by a reliable electrician. Save manufacturer’s instructions manual for future use.

Extension Cords 

  • Avoid using damaged extension cords.
  • Use extension cords that have been properly rated for their outdoor or indoor use and meet the power needs of the tool or appliance.
  • Extension cords should never be kept in traffic areas such as walkways or doorways as they might pose a tripping hazard and never covered with carpet or rugs.
  • Extension cords should not be used on a permanent basis. Unplug and store them after use.    
  • Use extension cords that have been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

Outlet Overloading

  • Take caution when two or more appliances are plugged into an outlet or an extension cord outlet.
  • The power you place on a circuit or an outlet should not exceed 1,500 watts.
  • As all the major appliances such as air conditioners, washers and dryers are heavy power users; they should be plugged into their own wall outlet
  • Tripping circuit breakers, flickering lights and crackling, sizzling noise are all warning signs of an overloading electrical system.

Correct Wattage Bulbs

  • Check the maximum wattage any lighting fixture will use before you buy a bulb. You should choose the correct bulb wattage that’s most efficient. 
  • According to The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the manufacturers of compact fluorescent, incandescent and LED light bulbs are required to emphasize the bulb’s brightness in lumens rather than watts.
  • The estimated yearly energy cost for the bulb should also be included on the labels. This will help the consumers make the right choice.
  • Fluorescent bulbs should be disposed of properly as they contain mercury.
  • When buying an LED bulb, choose one that has the ENERGY STAR symbol to make sure it is
    energy efficient.