Here's a few things you can do yourself and a few things you shouldn't do yourself. Always remember, if you're concerned about an electrical issue you can give us a call. We're ready and willing to investigate to ensure the safety of your home and family.
DO Label your panel
It doesn't matter what you call it, fuse box, breaker box, circuit breaker box, all that matters is that it's labeled. It doesn't matter if you rent or own, when the power goes out, or do-it-yourself projects are in progress, it's best to be prepared.
We've spent many an hour yelling back and forth across the house while trying to find the right breaker to turn off, "How about now?" ...."No!"
Does that sound familiar? Try installing a light without knowing which power grid to take down, or finding out which fuse is blown in the bathroom, or bringing things back up one switch at a time if adverse weather takes your power out — it's not easy if it isn't labeled!
One of the first things we do upon moving into a new place is making sure the fuse box is labeled. It's easier to know what's what ahead of time, than guessing as we take down each switch one at a time (which usually results in having to reset every clock in the house) to find the right one!
So head to the box, unscrew a fuse or flip a switch and see what outlets don't work or which lights go out. Mark the rrom location next to the fuse or breaker. Turn it back on and move on to another one. Before long, you'll know which fuses/breakers are for which room!