Maintaining, repairing, and upgrading your home’s electrical wiring are all important for safety, and it is even more so during the colder months when people spend more time indoors. The following discusses three electrical dangers that you should be aware of especially during winter. Work with an experienced licensed electrician on all home electrical projects for safety and the best results.
1) Exposed Wiring
Maryland’s falls and winters, especially for people living near the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Ocean, can get rough. When severe weather brings sleet, ice, and snow, you should make sure that every exposed electrical wire on the exterior of a home is in good shape and working properly. Outdoor electrical outlets and wires can get damaged in a short time by the elements. They can endure the whole winter by ensuring they are insulated properly.
2) Frayed Wires
Perhaps the most commonplace wiring hazard, frayed wires may not be spotted before they cause a fire. These faulty wires are capable of generating sparks that result in very dangerous electrical fires. Prevent this deadly hazard by scheduling annual safety inspections by a licensed electrician. Homeowners can play their part by checking the wires and plugs of all appliances. Space heaters, mostly used during the winter, should get special attention.
3) Overloaded Circuits
Many people like installing additional lighting to brighten the interiors of their homes during the shorter and darker days of winter. They also like decorating with holiday lights. Unfortunately, this may lead to overloaded electrical circuits. Older houses are especially vulnerable because their electrical capacities can’t handle the extra load. In order to prevent blown circuits, power loss, and other issues, talk to an electrician about upgrading your electrical panel and installing additional wall outlets. Your home will be safer and more capable of handling modern electrical demands.
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