We’ll start by saying, the #1 thing you can do to prevent electrical fires is to hire a professional electrician for any installations or wiring jobs. Trying to tackle electrical jobs on your own, or trusting an inexperienced amateur for the job, could not only leave you with less desirable results, but it can be a safety hazard, too.
So whether it’s adding in some lighting, doing a full scale remodel, or even having your Boston, MA fire alarm hardwired and interconnected to the other security systems in your home, you want to trust a trained and experienced electrician. What are some other steps you can take?
Invest in Routine Electrical Inspections
We hope that when it comes to your air conditioner or even your plumbing system; you hire service professionals to maintain them, to make sure they are functioning properly, efficiently, and most importantly, safely! So why not extend the same courtesy to your electrical system?
Electrical wiring simply isn’t designed to last forever. If your home is a century old and has never had a wiring upgrade, it’s absolutely time for one. Even if your home is 40 or 50 years old, an inspection is a great idea, as old wiring may have been connected to new wiring at some point, which can be a recipe for disaster.
You may also have damaged wiring simply from neglect or outside forces (such as rodents in the home chewing on wires). Nobody wants to think about what can go wrong, but that won’t stop something from going wrong.
Fixing Faulty Wiring and Cords
You’ll have to have a professional electrician check to see what kind of shape your electrical wiring is in. Is it frayed, tattered, simply worn out? Then it’s time to replace it with newer and safer wiring. The same can be said for cords, which you can check on your own.
Cords in poor condition may overheat, or cause sparks that start a fire. For most, if not all, appliances in your home, you can typically buy replacement cords.
Overburdened Electrical Panel
You may wonder why this one is a big deal. After all, if your electrical panel is overburdened, it will just make the circuits trip, right? It will do this, but that’s not all you have to contend with. The fact of the matter is that even just in the last decades, there’s been a huge increase in the number of electrical devices in one home. The problem is, however, that people buy device after device without thinking of how it might impact the safety of their home.
By increasing the number of appliances and devices you have plugged in, you’re placing more demand on the electrical system as a whole—when your current electrical panel simply might not be able to handle it. If you’re wondering if your panel needs replacement or an upgrade, we’ll be happy to help discuss your options with you, so that you can have the safest home possible.