After each holiday season, there will usually be more gadgets and appliances plugged into your home’s electrical system. In the 21st century, people are greatly increasing their electricity usage to power both traditional and modern devices, and this will increase electrical hazards if you aren’t careful.
For older homes, existing wiring may not be able to safely handle the increased load. An electrical safety inspection by an experienced and licensed electrician is a good idea to ensure the well-being and safety of your family. The following are five home electrical dangers to beware.
Children with Curiosity
Curious young children can easily get into dangerous situations when it comes to electricity. Any electrical outlet that your kid can reach should have a safety cover that prevents them from inserting objects. Better yet, ask an electrician about installing tamper-resistant electrical receptacles in your home.
Faulty wiring is probably the most dangerous of all home electrical hazards, increasing the possibility of power surges, arcing, and deadly electrical fires. Over time, wires and their insulation will corrode, wear out, crack, or suffer damage. Talk to an electrician about replacing or upgrading wiring if necessary.
Light bulbs are a hazard whenever they are located near flammable objects like paper, curtains, drapes, plastics, upholstery, and beds. Lighting can also generate electric shocks. Turn off the switch prior to changing a light bulb and make sure your hands are dry. For major lighting upgrades, hire an electrician to ensure the project is performed to code.
Outlets Near Water
Outlets located in kitchens and bathrooms should be installed a safe distance away from water sources. Consult with an electrician to also make sure they are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), which helps prevent electrocution or shock.
Water for Electrical Fires
Never pour water on an electrical fire because the flames will only grow in intensity. The water may also cause electrocution for anyone who is in contact with it. A fire extinguisher is the safe option, so keep one available.
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