ask the electrician
Electrician Training Electrical Certification wiring recessed light fixtures Electrical Wiring Electrical Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs wire outdoor light fixture Home Electrical Wiring Diagrams
wiring home generator and transfer switch wiring a 220 volt range cord outlet Wiring for GFCI Outlets Wiring Outlets and a Switched Outlet Wiring and Installing Ceiling Fans and Remote Controls wire dimmer switch wiring diagrams for switches wiring a dryer cord and 220 outlet circuit breaker panel
Electrical Wire and Cable

Exposed Electrical Outlet Wiring

How to Check an Electrical Wall Outlet for Safety – Unchecked problems can turn into electrical hazards that can be prevented and easily corrected.

© By:

Electrical Wiring Video

Home Electrical Wiring Videos about this Topic and More

Check out my YouTube Channel, and Subscribe!

Learn more with my Home Electrical Video Course:

Basic Home Electrical Wiring by Example

Electrical Outlet Wiring and Safety

[ad#block]Electrical Question: Do these two exposed white wire from a three-plug outlets a big safety concerns or just a eyesore? If it’s a safety concerns, what are some of ways to fix it? To fix this problem, I would have to hire an electrician. Is this a costly job?

This electrical wiring question came from: Anna, a Homeowner from Sacramento, California.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your Electrical Troubleshooting question Anna.

How to Check an Electrical Wall Outlet for Safety

Unchecked problems can turn into electrical hazards that can be prevented and easily corrected.


Electrical Wire for the Home

Electrical outlet wiring
Wiring Electrical Outlet for the Home
Home electrical wiring includes 110 volt outlets and 220 volt outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home. See how wiring electrical outlets for the home are done.

Electrical wire
Electrical Wire for the Home
Complete listing of electrical wire types and parts used for home projects with electrical code information serves as selection guidelines.

Electrical safety articles

For more information about Outlet Wiring
How to Install Electrical Outlets
Outlet Wiring
Wiring Electrical Outlets
Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Wiring Electrical Outlets with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects.

This link is helpful as a Homeowner
Do-It-Yourself Electrical

The following may also be helpful for you:

electrical wiring book

A Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Be sure to get your copy of my BIG Book:
Perfect for Homeowners, Students and Electricians
Home Electrical Wiring - Room by Room
120 Volt Circuits
240 Volt Circuits
Multi-Wired Circuits
Wiring Methods for Installing Home Electrical Circuit Wiring
Electrical Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.

Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.

More articles about Electrical Troubleshooting, Wiring and Home Electrical Wiring:

« Previous Next »

Causes of Incorrect Electrical Voltage

Electrical Wiring for Spot Lights

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

2 Responses to “Exposed Electrical Outlet Wiring”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Stanley,
    If the electrician installed a new electrical service panel and you are referring to the main service wires that are located above the roof or high on the side of the home where they are waiting for the connection with the overhead service from the Pepco power company then this is typical because the wires are not energized and they are left this way to be inspected and ready for connection.
    When there is a project or construction site where new electrical wiring is being installed, then the wiring must be left open or accessible for inspections from the local building department. If the building is occupied at the time, then wiring should be insulated and capped off and safely contained if the circuit wiring is energized. It should be understood that there are various phases of construction that will require access to the project components, and each project will require certain levels of safety specific to the project and conditions.
    I hope this helps,

  2. Stanley says:

    I recently had new electrical wiring completed on my property and the electrician left some exposed wires on the exterior waiting for the electrical company (Pepco) to come out and install the new meter. My lender has indicated that this is a safety issue. Are they correct and should the wires be covered or wrapped?