Electricity makes life livable, however, it can also be a hazard if it isn’t properly contained. Most of the time it is taken for granted until it is interrupted by a storm or an accident. The Electrical Safety Foundation reports that annually over 51,000 home fires in the United States are caused by electrical fires. Take the advice of residential electrical service in Baltimore County, Maryland and ensure that your home does not have any of the following potential problems.
Electrical Hazards in Your Home
Many electrical hazards such as poor wiring, overloaded outlets, excessive use of extension cords, and outdated circuit breakers can be avoided. Quality wiring that conforms to local building codes is vital for every home. Wiring that is frayed, corroded, worn, or cracked increases the chance of fire, power surges, and arc faults. Most of the wiring in your home is in the walls, under the flooring, or in the ceiling. That’s why it’s important to have a professional assess your wiring is up to code. A professional electrician can also check your appliance cords, detect overheated wires, and any loose connections.
In addition, the location and quantity of outlets is another concern. Outlets in your living spaces need to be located away from water sources or upgraded to GFCI outlets. Not having enough three-prong outlets is also a concern. Overloaded outlets are a potential fire hazard, and you should not use an excessive amount of extension cords. The use of power strips and surge protectors can also overload an outlet, which can lead to a fire.
Extension cords alone cause over three thousand home fires each year. Cords should be inspected for damage, should never be used in place of professional wiring, and should not be plugged into other extension cords.
Outdated or overloaded circuit breakers are another electrical hazard. Having a breaker trip once in a while is a nuisance. However, having a breaker trip consistently means you have an electrical problem. Always contact a professional electrician as existing older homes wiring and main electrical panels can easily become outdated. Please check www.ismypanelsafe.com to make sure you do not have dangerous and unsafe electrical panels.
Residential Electrical Service Baltimore County Maryland
Your family’s safety is our priority. Contact Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling Services to help identify any current electrical hazards in your home. No job is too small. We give 100% to every light bulb change, just as we do to a remodeling or rewiring project. Contact us today to learn more about our services.