If your home’s electrical system is functioning efficiently, it probably won’t cross your mind that you need to have regular safety inspections done, and carry out necessary electrical maintenance and repairs. Electrical fires that occur in residential homes are often caused by underlying faults in your electrical system and most times, are avoidable. Along with an electrical safety checklist, an electrician will be able to identify these faults and correct them before it causes any damage to your home.
Let’s look over a detailed electrical safety checklist to prevent anything like this from occurring.
There are a few important elements in your home that you should include in your home safety checklist. Electrical outlets and light switches should also be included in your safety checklist as it can be a bit tricky to solve these technical issues.
Your lights should all be on the correct wattage in relation to the light fixtures. Connections should be checked to ensure that there are no loose connections or problems on the electrical panel. You also want to have the varying brightness of your bulbs checked. Lights that are too dim, or too bright in some places indicate that there is a fault with the neutral connection. Light bulbs burn out quickly if they are low-quality. But there are other more serious reasons such as:
Flickering lights are a sure sign that something isn’t right. It’s essential to use the correct bulb wattage for your light fixture else, it can overheat and cause a fire.
Circuit breakers will automatically switch the flow of current when an electrical hazard is present or there is a potential risk for danger. An overload in a circuit will cause the breakers to trip in order to prevent damage to your appliances and wiring. Breakers tripping commonly occurs every now and again, which is normal. But, if it is occurring often, you might want to look into why:
It is essential to monitor the service panel in your home on a regular basis. It can be located outside your home in the garage or in the basement. We suggest regular inspections on your service panel. After all, it controls an essential function in your home and this minimizes the risk of electrical fires. Be on the lookout for any of the following indications that you need to call an electrician:
The state of electrical wiring largely depends on the age of your home due to wear-and-tear, but it could also be a result of bad electrical work by a previous technician. Older homes make use of aluminum wiring or knob-and-tube wiring. This no longer fits the industry standard of safety and you should have them replaced. Unless you’re experienced in electrical wiring, you might want to leave this one for the professionals as it can become dangerous to work with if you aren’t sure of what needs to be done or what to look out for.
Here are a few things to look out for:
Whether you’ve been staying in your home for a long period of time or looking at purchasing a new home, take note of these safety checks that need to be done. Failing to do so may result in costly losses that can be avoided. Call Art Plumbing, AC & Electric in Boca Raton for any concerns you may have. If you’re just realizing now that you might have an electrical emergency, call us on our hotline at 561-391-1048. And if you’ve been slacking on maintenance and inspections, our technicians have you covered!