The last thing that any homeowners want to think about is an electrical hazard in their home. However, if you live in an older home, it’s exactly what you might have. Electricity has changed dramatically in the last couple of decades. Many codes have changed to make it safer than ever. However, if you have a home that hasn’t had any upgrades done, you could have a problem on your hands. Electrical risks can be a problem as it can cause electrical fires that are devastating to anybody. Burley Electrical Services is here to talk about what electrical hazards look like in your home so you can make changes where necessary.
What is an Example of an Electrical Hazard in a Home?
Electrical hazards can be found in many homes, whether they are old houses or not. Here are some of the most common electrical hazards we find in residential settings:
– Outdated Wiring: If you do have an older home that hasn’t had any electrical upgrades, your house more than likely can’t handle the electrical demands of today’s world. Knob and tube wiring or aluminum wiring can start to determinate and be a real fire hazard.
– Overloaded Circuits: When you have overloaded circuits in your home, some of the signs could be flickering lights, buzzing noises and breakers that are frequently tripping.
– Damaged Wiring: Aside from normal wear and tear, there are a number of different reasons your electrical wiring could become damaged. If this is the case, your home is at an increased risk of electrical fire.
– Misused Extension Cords: While extension cords are incredibly useful, they are often not used correctly. They should never be a permanent fixture in your home. You should also make sure they aren’t overloaded with too many plugs.
What Measures Can Be Taken to Keep our Homes Safe?
The most important thing that homeowners can do to keep their homes safe against electrical hazards is regular inspections. These inspections are conducted by professional electricians who know exactly what they are looking for as far as safety concerns go. After any remodeling projects, there should be an inspection done and then one should be conducted every 10 years after that. An ounce of preventative measure is worth a pound of cure. Here are some helpful safety tips:
– When unplugging something grab the plug rather than pulling the cord.
– Never handle electrical devices with wet hands.
– Avoid overloading outlets and power strips.
– Clearly label all of your breakers and fuses.
Electrical Wiring Inspections & More in Pompano Beach, Imperial Point, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Davie, Lighthouse Point, Parkland & Fort Lauderdale, Florida
If you have electrical concerns or haven’t had an electrical inspection done in your home before, you can call on Burley Electrical Services to come and make sure there re no electrical risks you are unaware of in your house. If there are any causes for concern, we won’t leave until we have them fixed so you can rest easy knowing that your home is safe from electrical fires. Call us today!