Home is a haven for technology that makes life easier but while these bells and whistles offer convenience, they can also pose serious dangers. Protect your home from these 3 dangerous electrical hazards to keep your family and property safe.
Defective Wiring – Your home’s electrical system is made up of several wiring circuits that deliver power to your lights and outlets. While it may be a pretty simple system, it can be dangerous if not properly installed and maintained. You can reduce the risk of damage, injury, or even fatality caused by defective wiring by
- Ensuring all electrical connections are performed by qualified technicians
- Having your home’s wiring inspected regularly to ensure it meets safety standards
- Replacing old or deteriorating wiring systems
Frayed Cords – Worn and frayed cords on appliances can leave you vulnerable to electric shocks and fires. They can also cause damage to your electrical equipment, as they can deliver incorrect power flow and result in over-heating. If you have power cords that are cracked and exposing wires, you should replace them immediately, just be sure to never handle cords with exposed wires while connected.
Overloaded Circuits – Overloading a power point or power board can cause a short circuit, or even an electrical fire. Overloads happen when you plug too many appliances into one power point or board, exceeding the level of amperage they can handle. A few ways to avoid overloading your circuits include;
- Only use one or two appliances at a time
- Turn off appliances when they’re not in use
- Avoid plugging double-adaptors into power-boards, or power-boards into other power-boards.