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  • Dimmer Switches for Newton MA

  • Electrical Plugs for Newton MA

At Joe O'Connell Electrical Contracting, we know that our clients in Newton MA want their experience to be professional and efficient. They also require a wide selection of electrical services from us. Below are details for our Dimmer Switches and Electrical Plugs repairs and installation services for Newton MA.


Dimmer Switches & Electrical Plugs


Connecting and protecting electrical loads is crucial to reliable, efficient and safe power management within a facility or at home in Newton MA.

We have been replacing and installing switches, outlets (including tamper resistant outlets) and dimmers in the Newton MA and local region for years, so if you need these types of services you don’t need to look any further. If you need new wiring for the increasing power demands of new appliances in your older home or you want to reduce the risk of fire due to rotten or dried out wires, give us a call and we’ll take care of whatever needs you may have.




What are tamper-resistant electrical receptacles and what is the code requirement?
The National Electrical Code®(NEC®) now requires new and renovated dwellings to have tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles. These receptacles have spring-loaded shutters that close off the contact openings, or slots, of the receptacles. When a plug is inserted into the receptacle, both springs are compressed and the shutters then open, allowing for the metal prongs to make contact to create an electrical circuit. Because both springs must be compressed at the same time, the shutters do not open when a child attempts to insert an object into only one contact opening, and there is no contact with electricity. Tamper- resistant receptacles are an important next step to making the homes in Newton MA a safer place for children.

Why require tamper-resistant electrical receptacles?
Each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns when they stick items into the slots of electrical receptacles. It is estimated that there are six to 12 child fatalities a year related to this.

If homeowners in Newton MA do not have children, are TR receptacles required?
Yes. Owners or tenants of homes and apartments in Newton MA change frequently. In addition, exposure to electrical shock and burn accidents are not limited to a child’s own home. Children visit homes of relatives and friends who don't have children of their own. This requirement ensures all new homes and apartments are safe for children, whether the home is their own or they are there on a temporary basis. 




Switch, Outlet and Dimmer Replacement and Installation Services

We can take care of all your needs without costly and extensive work. We can install floor outlets underneath your wood floors, reducing the risk of tripping over unsightly extension cords. If you have new appliances or a new home entertainment system, we can install direct lines to prevent tripped breakers and also save energy.

Signs Your Switch Plates and Outlets Need to be Replaced

If you notice any of these warning signs, you should seriously consider replacing your switch plates or old outlets:

  • The outlet is warm or hot to the touch.

  • You have missing, cracked or broken cover plates.

  • You have a teardrop-shaped outlet.

At Joe O'Connell Electrical Contracting, our licensed electricians will get whatever job you need in Newton MA done quickly and safely, and we will make sure your home or business complies with all local electrical codes.


Increasing the Safety of Your Electrical Outlets in Newton MA

You want your children to be as safe as possible in your Newton MA home, of course, and one of the best ways of doing that is changing your electrical outlets. In order to make sure your children are protected from electrocution and/or shock, follow these simple and effective steps:

  • Call our office to inspect your outlets, especially if you have an older home. One of the best things you can do to increase household safety is by upgrading your outlets, as well as their wiring at the electrical panel.

  • Use outlet covers to cover any empty electrical outlets. Children may try and insert something they shouldn’t in an uncovered outlet, and that could lead to an electrical shock. Plastic placeholders can childproof your outlets and be easily removed when you need to use them.

  • Make sure all electrical cords are secured and out of the reach of children. In many instances, a child has been hurt because he or she saw a cord as a plaything, or worse, something to chew on. Buy cord keepers to stow away any excess slack.

If you would like to learn more about how to make your home or business in Newton MA as safe as possible, or to schedule an appointment for switch, outlet and dimmer service, give us a call today.



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