Take steps to prevent your home from becoming a statistic. A qualified electrician can help you. The electrical system in your home may need to have some electrical repaired or updated. A complete rewire with a new electrical panel can be a big expense, but that pales in comparison to the importance of keeping your home and Family safe.
The numbers for the U.S. Fire Administration are staggering;
Home electrical problems cause almost 29,000 fires every year.
1.1 billion in property damage is caused by home electrical fires annually.
Over half of these home-electrical fires--53 percent are related to electrical wiring.
If you notice any of these warning signs, have an electrician inspect your electrical system:
*Frequent blown fuses or tripped breakers
*An over-amped or over-fused electrical panel
*Dimming or flickering lights, indicating the circuit is overloaded or has a loose connection.
*Hot or discolored switch plates, cords, or plugs.
*Light bulbs that frequently burn out in a socket, signaling a fixture that can't handle the bulb wattage
*Buzzing or sizzling sounds
*A burning smell
*Arcs or sparks from the outlet when you plug or unplug the cord
*Cracked, cut or broken insulation
*Electrical shock when you plug in or touch a cord.
from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission highlights more warning signs of faulty wiring.
Electrical codes vary depending on where you live, but there are common situations that warrant an inspection from a qualified professional.
*If your home is older than 40 years
*If your relying on extension cords for power
*If you've made major home improvements or added major new appliances that could strain your existing system.
*If your home has ungrounded, two prong outlets
*If your home has aluminum instead of copper wiring