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Charging Your EV at Home? Follow These Safety Tips

Today’s all-electric cars and plug-in hybrids are convenient and can be charged anywhere. Level Level 1 and Level 2 charging allows you to charge your car at home. The only caveat is that you must make sure your home electrical system is in good working order. These tips will help you make sure your home is ready for Level 1 or Level 2 charging.

1. Inspect Your System

Level 1 charging uses a charger that fits into a standard household outlet. This places extra load on your existing electrical system. Before you plug in your car, you need to have an electrician inspect it to make sure that the outlet is in good condition and has not been damaged. You also need to have them inspect your circuit breakers. An electrician can make any upgrades to your home’s electrical system to make sure it is ready for your EV.

2. Install a GFCI

Another important safety tip is to make sure the outlet has a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed. This device helps to prevent accidental shock when plugging your car into the outlet. Older homes might not have them installed. One way to check is if the outlet has a red button between the two sockets. If it does not, calling an electrician should be your next step before plugging in your EV.

3. Have an Electrician Install Level 2 Charging

Level 2 charging uses a different electrical outlet that is like the one you use to plug in your larger appliances. This lets you charge your EV in a fraction of the time it takes to charge using a Level 1 charger. If you do not already have an appliance-grade outlet in your charging location, an electrician will need to install it and make sure it is safe.

4. Keep the Area Clean and Free from Water

Water and electricity don’t mix, so make sure the area where you will be charging your EV is free from water and moisture. If you will be charging outside, ensure the outlet is approved for outdoor use. If you are not certain, you can ask your electrician. Also, ensure the area around the outlet is free from clutter and flammable materials, just in case something should go wrong.

Contact Secure Contractors in El Paso, TX, so they can help you follow these safety tips and get you ready to step into the world of EVs.