Every holiday season typically brings more devices and appliances into your home. Nowadays, people are much more dependent on electricity to power both traditional and modern devices. Unfortunately, this generally increases electrical hazards. If you have an older home, your electrical needs in terms of the existing wiring may be over capacity and unsafe. An electrical safety inspection by a licensed electrical services company is a good idea to ensure the well-being of your family. The following are five common electrical dangers at home that you should keep in mind.
Now that winter is coming, today is the perfect day to inspect your home’s electrical installations and prevent problems. Ensuring your home’s electrical wiring and that devices have proper maintenance is more critical during winter because power loss or an electrical fire are even more dangerous. People are more likely to be indoors during this season. The following are four important tips to consider in the winter months.
In lots of older homes, electrical wiring may have deteriorated without the knowledge of the homeowner. Compounding this problem is the increasing amount of electronic devices, which require more power. However, decades-old electrical circuits were not intended to cope with this growing demand. An older electrical system can be easily overloaded by utilizing power strips at several sockets. A licensed electrician can Improve safety and increase energy efficiency by adding extra sockets.
Electrical devices that see use mostly during the winter require extra attention when they are taken out of storage to be used again after several months. Beware of electric blankets that are worn and old because they pose a fire hazard. Inspect them before using and throw out any that have frayed edges. Another major fire risk is space heaters, and December and January are the most dangerous months. An extension cord should never be used on one. During the holiday season, festive lights are a common fire hazard. An estimated 390 fires are caused by Christmas trees or festival lighting annually. It is advisable to inspect them for frayed wiring or danger signs before using.
Electrical Safety Equipment
It is advisable that a home’s circuit breaker be inspected regularly by licensed electricians, especially before winter. A circuit breaker that was properly installed and maintained regularly is one of the most important methods to prevent electrical shocks and fires and electric shocks. Smoke alarms are another critical electrical safety measure, and they should be installed on every floor. It is recommended to use hardwired detectors, which use batteries as a backup power supply. Finally, the installation of surge protectors is recommended to protect computers and other electronic equipment.
If you have any doubts or concerns about your home’s wiring before the winter, it is best to consult with an experienced licensed electrician. They will be able to inspect, pinpoint, and repair any electrical problem. They will also be able to perform new installations of electrical equipment or upgrade a home’s electrical system.
Electrical Peace of Mind
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Electrical wiring issues in old homes will sneak up on you, unless you’ve hired an experienced licensed electrician to perform a complete inspection. As the years pass, ordinary daily usage and exposure to the elements will cause deterioration to an electrical system. Hidden problems related to electrical wiring are lurking fire hazards ready to strike at any moment. Below is a list of the first 5 of 10 common electrical wiring issues that an electrician will try to find.
Boating and swimming are important parts of the fun of summer. When you are on the pier or marina, you must be very careful to stay away from electrical wiring to avoid the risk of an electrical shock that could cause you to drown. For that reason, never allow swimming near the boat in the marina.
Keep your boat properly maintained and inspected annually. Have the electrical systems tested and conduct a leakage test to be sure the electrical current is escaping your boat.