Root Bill’s Safety Circuit, Licensed Electrician, Answers Your Questions About Electricity and Safety Dear Bill: During a recent party in our final basement, the heating of small food constantly disrupted the circuit for both lights and bowls. What can be done to address this problem in the future? Bell’s answer: A circuit breaker is a safety device that turns off electricity when it exceeds the safe operating range. Always make sure to spread your portable equipment over several circuits so as not to confuse your power supply. Additionally, a proper electrical installation never includes receptacles and lighting on the same circuit. Correctly installed receptacles and lighting are separated on their circuits. This arrangement isn’t just a good idea, it also prevents another safety hazard – groping your way in the dark in search of your electrical panel. When the time comes to remodel your home, always choose licensed contractors with excellent references. Talk about every aspect of the project with the electrical contractor. Tell him / her what the room will be using and what kind of energy she / he / she requires now and expects in the future. Remember, knowledge is power – don’t be left in the dark, email your questions to:[email protected]ROOT ELECTRIC703-494-3989 put your safety first since 1986.