Although most people are aware that using frayed extension cords and leaving candles burning unattended are dangerous habits, there are still 370,000 house fires in the United States each year that result in fatalities and billions of dollars worth of property damage. Some significant factors that contribute to house fires have nothing to do with user error and everything to do with fire hazards that are concealed in your walls. To avoid endangering your family and home, keep an eye out for any indications that your electrical wires need to be fixed.
Are Your Walls a Potential Fire Hazard?
You should perform a checkup on your house if it is older than 15 years. If you’re not careful, faulty wiring or outdated porcelain knob circuitry could tick.
Your home’s connection to the grid for electricity is made at your electrical box. The electrical source is then divided up to different rooms and areas of your home by your breaker box. Fewer homeowners are aware of the significance of the wiring age in their homes, current regulations, and the possibility of losing their home to fire due to an outdated fuse box, even though many people are familiar with how to turn a breaker back on when one has flipped.
Electrical Hazards Warning Signs
- Fuse blowers or circuit breakers frequently trip.
- You get a small electric shock when you touch plugged-in appliances.
- Your home has a particular appliance or room that emits a lingering burning odor.
- Plugs are easily removed from outlets.
- The lights squint.
- When you plug appliances in, outlets frequently spark.
- To the touch, light switch plates are warm.
- You discover wiring that insects or rodents have chewed on.
- Your house has water damage from flooding or another source.
Increasing Electrical Quality
It is crucial for older homes to update their electrical boxes, which cannot be emphasized enough. This is necessary if your home has a fuse box. You won’t be able to brag to your friends about this type of home improvement. But if you increase the load on your electrical panel, you’ll be able to show off your house for a very long time. If you don’t update your breaker box, it only takes a little bit of bad luck to start a major fire.
Please get in touch with Comet Electric right away if you need assistance removing the fire hazards concealed in your walls.