The introduction of electricity in most residential homes (as a standard) has changed dramatically over approximately the past 90-years. Since the 1930s, the electrical safety feature evolution has really progressed over the past 35 years.
Even with the advancement of residential electrical technology, there are still on average 1,400 people injured every year according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International.
Most of the injuries that take place, according to Electrical Connections President & Founder Guillermo Castillo, could be easily avoid by following some simple homeowner safety tips.
What Electrical System Warning Signs Look Like
Most electrical systems will provide you with early warning signs that there might be a problem. If you have appliances that are not working properly or you have lights in your home that are flickering, then these are warning signs from your electrical system.
One of the biggest electrical system warning signs that you may have an electrical problem, comes from the heart of your electrical system, known as your electrical panel. If any of your circuit breakers begins to trip constantly, then this is a red flag. If this happens in your home, we encourage homeowners to have a certified electrical safety advisor do a thorough inspection, because resetting a breaker that is constantly tripping, can lead to serious electrical issues in your home.
Constantly resetting an electrical breaker can actually cause the breaker not to trip, which may leave your family exposed to a serious electrical problem. If there is a bad connection, old electrical wiring or other electrical issues, it is the job of your electrical panel to shut off a specific breaker, to provide you a warning to avoid a larger electrical issue.
The Importance Of An Expert Electrician
By far the number one electrical issue we find in our customer’s homes are bad workmanship by previous electrical contractors, handymen or homebuilders. Having a quality electrical safety advisor working on your electrical issues, is extremely important in the safety and longevity of your electrical system. At Electrical Connections our electrical safety advisors constantly receive training, even after our rigorous electrician apprenticeship, to make sure they are up-to-date on all the newest technology and code changes in our industry.
It’s important to understand that when you hire a handyman (who is a jack of all trades…) to perform a specialized job, then you are potentially putting your home at risk with a larger electrical problem down the road.
A well trained electrician should be able to assess an electrical problem in your home, after trouble shooting and repairing the issue right the first time. The safety advisor should also provide upgrades and safety solutions like adding GFCI receptacles to make your home more safe for your and your family.
Common Electrical System Warning Signs
Switches and Outlets that are warm to the touch or plugs that do not fit tightly, can indicate unsafe wiring that could result in fire or shock.
Tip: Stop using affected outlets and contact your local electrical safety advisor.
Power Cords that are pinched by furniture, positioned with staples, covered with carpet, frayed cracked or flat out damaged can cause the cord insulation to fracture and ultimately break the cord. This can lead to fire and shock hazard in your home.
Tip: Make sure your power cords are unrestricted and only wrapped if being stored for later use. Check the cord casing periodically for any cracks or fraying.
Electrical Panels with incorrect breaker sizing, no arc fault interrupters (AFCIs) or the AFCIs have not been properly tested, can lead to major electrical problems as well. Improper sizes can cause breakers to overheat and AFCIs can stop working all together.
Tip: Contact your local electrical safety advisor to test and possibly upgrade your electrical panel. Also testing your AFCI breakers monthly will provide your home electrical system with optimal performance.
At Electrical Connections, we take electrical safety very seriously. Our mission is to keep our customers family safe by providing them with the expert electrical work as well as simple home electrical safety tips. If you are experiencing any electrical warning signs in your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us at a Electrical Connections, so we can quickly trouble shoot your electrical issue and make sure you are safe in your home!