Home electrical issues account for around 510,000 fires each year, amounting to over $1 billion in property damage. These fires are typically caused by a failure within electrical components in your home, or from misuse of those components.
We know that electrical safety is no joke and professional electricians like the team at Capital City Electrical Services, LLC are always reminding homeowners to stay safe when using or working with electrical components. While some of your habits may seem harmless, they could cause a problem in an instant. Keep your family and home safe and stop to think before doing any of these following 7 things with your electricity.
If any of your outlets shift or jiggle when you plug something in, it is strongly recommended that you stop using that particular outlet. A loose outlet is typically caused over a period of time when contact points become damaged. The reason they are so dangerous is because the flow of electricity is disrupted and becomes a fire hazard.
Always call an electrician to fix your loose outlets.
Not Scheduling Inspections
Wiring does not last forever. In fact, the electrical wiring in your home should only last between 30-40 years. Whether your home hasn’t been inspected in a long time, or you move into an older home, you should always call a professional to take a look at your wiring to ensure there are no potential hazards.
Using the Wrong Outlets
Your bathrooms and kitchen have outlets to power all the tools and gadgets you need. However, did you know that there are specific outlets that should be used in these rooms? Ground fault circuit interrupters are an excellent safety feature which shuts off power when they sense water. This could save you from an electrical shock in these water-filled rooms!
Ignoring Flickering Lights
Not only can these be a literal headache, but they can also indicate that something is wrong with your electrical system. Flickering lights could mean a power surge or faulty wiring.
Speaking of flickering lights, they could mean that your circuits are overloaded. This could cause further issues like:
- Blown fuses
- Warm outlet covers
- Buzzing noises
An easy fix to this? Call your electrician and ask about a panel upgrade.
Extension cords are a great and convenient tool that most homes have. However, they are often used incorrectly. First, never plug an extension cord into a power strip. Second, if you’re looking for an extension cord for your outdoor event, make sure to pick one up that is rated for outside use. Otherwise, the cord could overheat.
Doing Electrical Work on Your Own
Electricians go through hours and hours of training in order to know everything we can about your electrical systems and how to handle them properly and safely. It is strongly recommended that you never attempt to do complex electrical work on your own. If you insist on taking on smaller projects, proceed with extreme caution and only after doing extensive planning and research!
Electrical Services in Atlanta
So, instead of picking up that DIY electrical project this weekend, make the safer choice and give Capital City Electrical Services, LLC a call at (770) 999-9610. Our experts are here to help you with all of the problems above and more. Learn more about our services and contact us online to request an estimate for your next project.