Like most New Jersey homeowners, you no doubt understand that overloading an electrical outlet is extremely dangerous. Similarly, you know that using a frayed extension cord is something that is to be avoided. However, did you know there are other common electrical fire risks that are far less easy to see? Many people do not know how much risk exists behind their walls.
Electrical fires remain a huge public safety problem in our country. According to data provided by the United States Fire Administration (USFA), an average of 25,900 residential electrical fires are reported to fire departments across the country each year. Even more alarmingly, many minor and moderate electrical fires simply go unreported. Here, our top-rated New Jersey certified electricians explain how you can reduce your home’s electrical fire risk.
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Know Why Electrical Fires Occur: Three Hidden Dangers
Old Electrical Wiring
While many people do not realize it, electrical wiring systems have a lifespan that is far lower than the lifespan of a home. In fact, an electrical system that is more than three or four decades old is almost certainly in need of an upgrade. Once you notice your electrical system giving you any problems, whether it is blown fuses or lights flickering, you need to take action as soon as possible.
Worn Out Appliances
Old, worn out appliances can be the trigger of an electrical fire. You need to periodically check all of your appliance cords and electrical outlets. If your appliance has a frayed wire or damaged cord, please stop using it immediately. Even if that appliance “works” just fine, it is a serious fire risk.
An overloaded circuit is one that is carrying too much electricity for its capacity. You should never overload your circuits, as doing so could cause serious damage to your electrical system and risk starting a fire. Your electrical system has circuit breakers, a built-in safety feature that automatically discounts power when overloading occurs. However, when an electrical system becomes old and worn out, your circuit breakers can fail.
Get a Professional Electrical System Inspection
When is the last time that your home has been inspected by a certified electrician? If it has been many years, it is a best practice to hire a professional who can conduct a comprehensive review of your home’s wiring and electrical system. Your home’s system may be in excellent shape, or it may need a rewiring. For your safety, you need to know its status. Regardless, an electrical technician will be able to help. To protect yourself and your family, you should be proactive.
Contact Our New Jersey Electricians Today
At Team Electric, Plumbing and Air, our certified Manalapan HVAC technicians and electricians can upgrade your house wiring and electrical system, thereby protecting you from the risk of an electrical fire. We also provide services related to air conditioning, heating, cooling, and plumbing. To get fast and fairly priced assistance today, please do not hesitate to call us at (732) 786-9231 or to fill out our brief online contact form.