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You Can Do It! Fuses and Circuit Breakers

If power goes out in your home, the problem is probably a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. These are easy to fix yourself. But if power goes out in your entire neighborhood, be sure to call PSE&G right away.

Every home has a box that brings electricity in from the street. This box contains fuses or circuit breakers that connect to the electrical wires inside your walls. If too much electricity runs through a wire, a fuse can blow out or a circuit breaker will shut off automatically. When this happens, you can replace the fuse or turn the circuit breaker back on and your power will be restored.

Fuses

  • Disconnect the appliance or lamp that seems to have caused the problem, then go to your fuse box.
  • Be sure your hands are dry and you are standing on a dry floor.
  • Check the fuses in the box to see whether the metal link inside the fuse has melted ("blown") or discolored the window at the top of the fuse.
  • Unscrew any blown fuse and replace it with a new one of the same type. (You can buy fuses at your local hardware store. It’s a good idea to bring the old one with you, to be sure you get the kind and size you need.)

Circuit breakers

  • Disconnect the appliance or lamp that seems to have caused the problem, then go to your circuit breaker box.
  • Be sure your hands are dry and you are standing on a dry floor.
  • Locate the switch in the “off” position.
  • Push it all the way to the “off” position and then back to “on.”

Please note that if your fuses blow out or circuit breakers trip often, the wiring in your home may not be up to modern standards, or could have too much connected to them. Please consult a state-licensed electrical contractor for advice.  

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