Along with electricity’s benefits come a few hazards. When electricity strikes, it can be dangerous to both life and property. Fortunately, these hazards can be reduced or eliminated by keeping aware of signs and taking precautions to remove their dangers. With that in mind, here are five of the biggest electrical risks in your home.
Poorly connected wires
Poor defective wires can increase the risk of fire, power surges, and other serious consequences. Thus it’s always best to avoid DIY, or do it yourself electrical work and entrust your home’s electrical system to a certified electrician.
Outlets close to water sources
Outlets should be installed a good distance away from faucets, sinks, bathtubs, and the like. As water conducts electricity, keeping outlets away from water sources minimizes the risk of electrical shock. In cases where proximity to water cannot be avoided, you want to be sure that the outlet is a GFCI type or ground fault circuit interrupt.
Fuses blowing or circuit breakers tripping frequently
The frequent occurrence of blown fuses and tripped circuit breakers is a sign of a deeper problem with your electrical system. Such problems are often caused by an overloaded electrical system, bad wiring, or poor amp capacity. Get an expert electrician to examine your system and have any errors fixed immediately.
Incandescent light bulbs
Turning an incandescent light bulb on heats the gases inside, which can react negatively with the cold temperature around it. If you use incandescent light bulbs, make sure they’re not near any combustible materials such as beds, drapes, and other similar items.
Crackling or buzzing noise from electrical outlets
When you hear crackling or buzzing noises from your outlets, this means that electricity is arcing. Immediately remove any plug from the socket as soon as you encounter this problem. Don’t use the socket again until a qualified electrician has checked and repaired it.
Safety is of the utmost importance when handling electrical components in the home. Keep these tips in mind to protect yourself from the risks.