Today, we use electricity for almost everything. Cooking, cleaning, playing music, charging our phones or laptops, in so many ways that we may take it for granted. While electricity allows us to play with our gadgets and allows us to live in a more technologically advanced world, there may be a few things going on in your home’s electrical system that could be dangerous. Use these tips to help you become more aware of your homes electrical system so that you can call an expert electrician at Future Connections to help keep your home safe.
1. Annual Check-ups For Your Home
Not only is it important to know how old your home is, it is also important to make sure that you stay up to date on annual check-ups. Getting an electrical inspection every year, especially if you have an older home, will reduce the risk of an electrical fire. Older homes were not built to handle our current electrical load meaning. Get an electrical safety inspection done today to ensure that you and your family is safe in your home.
2. Your Electrical Box
Homes built as late as the 1990s were installed with faulty electrical panels. There are a variety of brands of panels, to include, but not limited to, Federal Pacific, ITE Pushmatic, Zinsco, and GTE/Sylvania, are not manufactured anymore and are potential fire hazards. Also, please check your panel’s temperature, as the panel should never feel hot to the touch.
3. Know Breakers
Breakers are a good way to tell if something is wrong. When a breaker trips, it means that you have too many gadgets or appliances running out of the same circuit. You can solve the problem by moving your electronics to different circuits. However, if you find that your breaker is tripping a lot, and for no apparent reason, contact an expert electrician at Future Connections.
4. Learn How to Use The Fire Extinguisher
We have all seen plenty of fire extinguishers but how many of us actually know how to use them? Most people have no idea how to use one and if a fire ever did happen, you want to be able to act fast. This means that you should take the time to read the instructions and possibly even test one out (outside and in a safe place). You want to make sure that you have a fire extinguisher on every floor of your home. In case of an emergency, you want to use the fire extinguisher and not water, as water is a conductor of electricity. If it is an electrical fire, you do not ever want to use water to put the fire out.
5. Check the Outlets Around Your Home
Check the outlets around your home regularly. You mainly want to check the outlets for heat, however, you should also make note if the outlets do not hold the plugs or if the outlet is loose on the wall. If you notice that you have warm or hot outlets, this indicates a problem that needs to be addressed fast. If it is a warm or hot outlet, it could mean that there is too high of an electrical load on the circuit. This would lead to melted wiring, loose wiring, wiring that is not up to code.
Also, if any of your outlets are located near water, these outlets should be changed to GFCI outlets, if they are not already. Call Future Connections Electrical today at 919-854-1556 for more information or to get your outlets fixed today.
6. What Are Your Lights Telling You?
Many people that have flickering lights will blame the light bulb or not think too much about it. However, flickering lights could mean that your electrical panel needs to be replaced or repaired. It could be that too many electronics are plugged into the circuit, however, this issue should not be ignored.
7. Update Your Appliances
Updated appliances have three-prong plugs. Any kitchen appliances with only two-pronged plugs should be replaced. This means that the outlets are not grounded, putting you at risk for shock. Grounding issues need to be addressed as soon as possible, as they are very dangerous.
Call Future Connections Electrical
If you are concerned about your home’s electrical system or you just want to have it inspected to make sure, contact Future Connections at 919-854-1556. Offering 24-hour service, Future Connections can help you with your electrical needs, any time & any day. For more information, check out our Electrical Services for residences and businesses, Lighting services, Restoration Services, and Other Services.