Don’t get shocked! Install GFCIs…make sure they work.

For decades, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) have saved thousands of lives and have helped significantly reduce the number of home electrocutions by about fifty percent. Many homes and businesses in Southwest Florida do not have proper electrical protection in outdoor or wet locations. With our wind and heavy rain, you need to make sure that you are guarded from the hazard of a shock.

GFCIs are electrical safety devices that trip electrical circuits when they detect ground faults or leakage currents. A person who becomes part of a path for leakage current will be severely shocked or electrocuted. These outlets prevent deadly shock by quickly shutting off power to the circuit if the electricity flowing into the circuit differs by even a slight amount from that returning.

A GFCI should be used in any indoor or outdoor area where water may come into contact with electrical products. National Electrical Code currently requires that GFCIs be used in all kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and outdoors. GFCIs should be tested once a month, or at least every few months or change of seasons, to confirm that they are working properly.

How to Test Your GFCI:

GFCIs should be tested often to make sure they are working properly. To test your GFCI:

  1. Push the “reset” button on the GFCI to prepare the outlet for testing.
  2. Plug in an ordinary light or plug tester (from Home Depot) into the GFCI and turn it ON. The light should now be on.
  3. Push the “test” button of the GFCI. The light should go OFF.
  4. Push the “reset” button again. The light should now come ON again.

If the light does not turn off when the test button is pushed, then the GFCI may have been incorrectly wired or damaged and it no longer offers shock the protection it was designed for.

Contact us at Suncoast Electric to check the GFCI and correct the problem:

Call 239-263-1654


Surge Protection....should I stay or should I go?

Most people have no idea how safe their appliances are or aren't, either with or without that service. All we know is that FPL seems to think it a good idea to buy it and pay for it, for eternity. FPL's system could easily, and should, be equipped to do the same with no such fee.


Lightning is almost always the source of the dangerous surges, and it is not as if lightning is something new and unexpected. It's as common as rain here, and most likely, probable. The surges that the protection system stops aren't from lightning bolts that strike your property; they hit FPL's system elsewhere, and FPL's wires send it your way. Oh, you didnt know that?

The service offered by the FPL sister company provides protection for air conditioners, pool pumps, fans, refrigerators and various other appliances. And it works, for those items bur not so much for some other more delicate items in your home...those considered "solid state" or that operates on a few volts. Either way, you certainly shouldn't require an extra monthly fee to have it.

 FPL's sister company stops that surge with a simple device installed near the meter. The device must cost the company about $10 to $20, plus the installation, which the company says takes about 20 minutes.


Some people want the extra peace of mind, but yet,  FPL's own customer information package say it isn't insurance that is offered. It is actual protection. The device makes loss of a major appliance far less likely.

As an electrician, it just seems outrageous to me that FPL doesn't surge-proof the system itself as part of the basic service.   FPL knows lightning surges will continue to happen, just as they know the sun will shine. Customers get to pay $120 a year for it. Potentially forever. That's just not fair. If they know that something is going to happen, it is their responsibility to safeguard against it. 


Next time…….what about inside the house; your TV, laptops, desktop computers?  I'll discuss my recommendations.






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Licensed Electrical / Contractor Hiring Check List

Are you planning to remodel your home?

This checklist will help you make sure you’ve done everything you need to do for your project. Check off each item when they’re complete.

  • Get three written estimates for the job.
  • Verify the licenses of all contractors and subcontractors with ........
  • Check prior complaints history for all contractors and subcontractors with ......
  • Request a list of subcontractors to be used.
  • Draw up a written contract.
  • Read the entire contract and understand all the terms and conditions.
  • Purchase performance, material and completion bonds through the contractor.
  • Obtain the appropriate building permits.
  • See and understand any plans and blueprints before approving them.
  • Periodically check on the progress of the work .
  • Get lien releases from subcontractors and material supplies.
  • Keep copies of all documents and correspondence.
  • Publish a notice of completion in the newspaper once the job is done.

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About Suncoast Electric  of SWFL

Suncoast Electric of Southwest Florida is a locally owned and operated electrical services company.  Suncoast Electric of SWFL has been in business since 2001 and employs only Master Electrical Tradesmen and Journeymen.   

We have the time tested expertise to properly conduct safe and aesthetically correct installs not only on typical electrical fixtures such as fans, extra outlets, master fuse boxes, hot tubs, jacuzzis as well as all appliances but also on equipment that is considered Industrial, unusual, uncommon or extremely expensive such as Chandeliers, generators, presses and motors.

We have the best trained experts in the area to complete installations on these type of fixtures and equipment.


Our Mission Statement

"Our mission is to provide our customers with courteous, clean, licensed service,


 by professionally certified experts using only high grade materials, for the best price possible,


Bar None!”



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Suncoast Electric of SWFL, Inc.

1057 West Lake Blvd

Naples , FL 34103

Telephone: 239-263-1654