Electrician Burbank – Understanding Two and Three-pronged Outlets

You have probably seen it before—especially if you have an older home—some outlets have the spot for a two-pronged plug, and some have a spot for three pronged plugs. The same thing holds true for electronic items, some have two prongs, other three. If you have ever wondered what the difference is between a two and three pronged plug and outlet, wonder no longer. We will discuss the differences here. If you are left with questions or concerns, call your electrician Burbank today and let H Electric help straighten out your electric outlet dilemmas.

Essentially, a three pronged plug and outlet has an added safety feature built into it. The third prong acts as a grounding device and can keep you safe if there happened to be a wire loose in the device or wall. You will find that most electric items that have significant metal parts (a laptop computer, toaster over, etc.) have the third prong. Items that do not have as much metal (say an alarm clock), often do not have the third prong.

Newer homes have almost all 3-pronged outlets. Older homes often have two-pronged outlets or a combination. There are adapters that allow you to plug a three pronged item in to a two pronged outlet. However, when you use this you are disabling the built in safety that the electronic device has built into it.

Instead of taking chances by using these adapters, you may want to call H Electric, your electrician in Burbank, and let one of the experts come to your home and help replace your old two-pronged outlets with three-pronged outlets. This is a much safer way to deal with the problem of plugs and outlets that do not match up correctly. This solution protects you and may cost less than you thought possible.