3 Tips for Practicing Electrical Safety this Year
Everyone who has seen a lighting strike understands that electricity can be very dangerous. Still, people also understand that it can be controlled, and it is nearly impossible to function in the modern world without electricity. In this fortunate country, people take electricity for granted and may abuse their home’s electrical system without even being aware of it. This article will discuss the best ways to care for a home’s electrical system.
Tip #1: Avoid Overloading Circuits
When “home electricity” is mentioned, people likely think about outlets or lights first because they are the most often used. People plug things in every day. And with so much of today’s society running on electronics, it is easy to just keep plugging in and plugging in multiple things into the same outlet. Eventually, this will overload the circuit, and one of several things may happen. To overload circuits means too much electricity or energy is pulled through the circuit. Certain wires only have the capacity for a certain amount of energy, and exceeding that can be a serious problem. Here are the things that can happen with an overloaded circuit:
- Throwing the Breaker: Instead of fuses needing to be replaced, breaker boxes have switches that automatically turn off if too much energy is detected. This is a safety measure as well as being simpler to fix. If a person throws a breaker switch, they have plugged too much into one circuit.
- Destroying a Receptacle: If the breaker does not switch off, the overload may cause the outlet to burn out or melt. This can only be fixed when the outlet is replaced.
- Electrical Fire: Overloading electrical outlets can also cause a fire which can devastate the entire house.
Tip #2: Schedule Electrical Inspections
One of the best ways to prevent electrical problems is to have a professional electrical technician inspect a home’s electrical wiring. They can tell the homeowner whether or not their wiring is up to code and what they need to do to make their home safe. They may also be able to advise on how to reduce the energy bill with proper electrical usage.
Tip #3: Replace Damaged Wiring and Receptacles
Another mistake people often make about their electricity is to ignore known issues. If an outlet has been damaged, it cannot be used and can be a hazard. Old wiring can easily be overloaded and will not conduct electricity as well as it should, or, even worse, it may have lost insulation and could cause arcing that can lead directly to fire. Here are a few tasks that homeowners can do and some that should be left to the professionals.
- Changing light bulbs
- Installing surge protectors for electronics
- Inspecting wiring for damage
- Replacing old wiring
- Wiring an outlet
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