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3 Tips for Preventing Electrical Fires

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Electricity plays a central role in the lives of many homeowners. Many of the appliances and devices that you use daily are powered by electrical currents that run through the wiring of your home. While these electrical currents are beneficial, they can turn deadly.
Electrical fires can wreak havoc on your home and put the safety of your family at risk. Since many of the components that make up your home's electrical system are hidden behind the walls, it can be easy to overlook minor problems that could lead to major disasters.
Being proactive in preventing electrical fires is the best way to ensure that your home remains safe and functional well into the future.

1. Don't Overload Circuits
Residential electrical systems are comprised of many different circuits that help regulate the flow of electricity through a home. Each of these circuits is connected to wires that are rated to transport a very specific electrical load. When you connect too many devices to a single circuit, the circuit can become overloaded and increase your risk of an electrical fire.
When a circuit and wiring is forced to transmit more amperage than they are rated for, the wires and circuit breaker begin to heat up. An electrical fire will spark once the circuit breaker and wires reach critical temperatures.
You should become familiar with the amperage limitations of each of the circuits within your home, then plug your appliances and devices into different circuits to help evenly spread the electrical load across your home's electrical system. This will help reduce your risk of overloaded circuits igniting an electrical fire.
2. Get Rid of Old Electronics
The appliances and electronic devices that you use each day could be putting your home at risk. Old electronics are more susceptible to electrical failures that could spark an electrical fire.
If you have a fan or television that sparks each time you plug it into an outlet, the device might be compromising the quality of your electrical connections. If your circuit blows each time you use your microwave, the appliance could be sending a dangerous surge of electricity through your home's wiring.
Getting rid of these old or under-performing appliances will reduce your risk of electrical fire. New appliances will also be more energy efficient, helping you save money on your monthly electrical costs.
3. Schedule Regular Inspections
The average homeowner doesn't have the knowledge, experience, or tools required to conduct a thorough inspection of their home's electrical system. Scheduling professional inspections with a certified electrician can be a great way to reduce your risk of being exposed to an electrical fire.
The electrician will be able to thoroughly examine the wiring in your home to determine if it is coming into contact with any insulation. Wire size can also be evaluated to determine if you need an electrical upgrade in order to meet the electrical demands of the devices you use each day.
Your electrician will also calculate the electrical load being placed on each circuit to determine if you need to move some electronic devices or install a new circuit to reduce the potential for a fire. Professional inspections can help you improve the performance of your electrical system and guard your home against electrical fires in the future.
Don't sit idly by and allow your electrical system to become compromised. Electrical fires can be devastating, but these disasters can be prevented by homeowners who are aware of the risk factors that contribute to electrical fires.
Contact Nicotri Electric, Inc., to schedule an inspection that will help you identify potential problems with your home's electrical system so that you can avoid a fire in the future.