M2=H2: C is for Circuit Breakers


Part of your home’s electrical system is the breaker box. Included in this box, usually located in the basement or a utility closet, are a master circuit breaker and smaller circuit breakers.


MASTER CIRCUIT BREAKER: This switch will cut off all electricity to your home.

CIRCUIT BREAKERS: These prevent your wiring from overloading by automatically cutting the power if a problem is detected. When a breaker is tripped, first check to see that the problem which cause it is resolved (such as too many appliances plugged into one circuit). Flip the circuit breaker to a full-off position and then flip back to full on. Your power should be restored.

POWER OUTAGES: From time to time, storms or accidents may disrupt service to your house. If all electrical service to your home is cut, first check to see if your neighbors have power. If they do not, then call your power company to report the outage. If your neighbors do have power, then the problem is at your house. Check your master circuit breaker and individual breakers. If the problem is not there, you will need to call an electrician for assistance.


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