Electric power is one of the greatest inventions that supply us with light, entertainment, and a wealth of opportunities. This is all realized and appreciated when power outages and blackouts happen and we are left in the dark. Literally.
If not properly handles, electrical power poses a threat to individual lives and property. It can send a lethal jolt to the human body or burn a home to the ground. If electricity is to handled safety, a certain level of caution and respect is necessary to safeguard against certain hazards.
Here are a list of potential hazards and how to protect yourself and your home:
- Overloaded or damaged extension cords are one of the most common causes of fires.
- Old wiring, such as bare or frayed wires, crumbling insulation or faulty switches are a potential hazard that need to be updated as soon as possible.
- Not having enough branch circuits and outlets for your consumption of electrical power. Be sure that there are enough branches to deliver power to new appliances and electronics.
- Wrong fuses are dangerous. Overloading can occur if circuit breakers are not set to trigger properly. Consider replacing them if they are old, too.
- Faulty aluminum wiring connections are prominent in many homes that were built in the 1960s and 1970s.
The best way to safeguard against electrical hazards is to have a professional electrician install, inspect, and upgrade your wiring. Additionally, review your homeowners insurance so that your home has the correct coverage to protect from any fire hazards.