Your Home might be in need of an Electrical Overhaul
Unsafe electrical fittings and wiring are among the biggest reasons for fire hazards at homes in the United States. As per the statistics available from the U.S. Fire Administration department, accidents related to electrical fires cause about 1100 injuries and over 300 deaths per year. The estimated damage to property is in excess of 1 billion dollars per year.
There are many reasons why there could be a fire in your building. We will examine a few of the major causes here.
Wiring that is Outdated
Most of the houses that were constructed in the late seventies and early eighties were fitted with aluminum wires instead of copper wires that are commonly in use now. Though aluminum wires were certified for safety then, it was later found that they might not be able to handle excessive loads.
Excessive Wattage of Appliances and Lighting
Each electrical outlet has a recommended maximum wattage. Any appliance that is connected to it over a prolonged period of time can damage the circuit and this poses a significant risk in terms of a fire hazard. Outdoor lighting connected to a home circuit is also dangerous since the wattage will be much higher than indoor lighting.
Common Circuits for Electrical Appliances
If you have a common circuit for all the appliances in your home, it’s time to think about finding a licensed electrician to fix some of the risks this may cause. National Electrical Code guidelines recommend that each electrical appliance must have a dedicated safety circuit. This is to ensure that any overload will ensure shut down or tripping of the circuit breaker and prevent collateral damage to your expensive equipments.
Old and Worn Out Main Circuit Breakers
Main Circuit Breakers or MCBs are the electrical equivalent of a security guard at your gate. MCBs ensure that any excessive load from the external electrical grid is blocked from entering your home circuit. Similarly, any spikes or short circuits will ensure that the corresponding MCB circuit breaker will activate and protect the appliances and electrical circuitry. If your MCB is more than 10 years old, the system may not work properly since the connectors will be worn out over time.
You might be inclined to attempt some of the repair work yourself, but you risk electric shock and damage to the appliances due to work that was not done properly. A licensed electrician will be able to identify areas of concern and make suggestions for improving the protection of your building from electrical hazards. With professional tools and equipments, an electrician will be able to handle any work required, safely and efficiently.