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Summer Electrical Overloads Can Be Dangerous

Statistics show that nationwide we have over 50 million homes and buildings operating with outdated electrical wiring and systems that are in great danger of becoming overloaded.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than half of all home in the US are at least 30 years old.

As much as we love quaint neighborhoods and older homes with overgrown landscaping and larger lot sizes, they can put us at higher risk. The wiring in many of these older homes was designed to handle less than half of what today’s homeowners demand.

Overloaded electrical circuits and faulty equipment and wiring not only contribute to the outages that are becoming more commonplace, but they also create hazardous conditions that could result in injury or death.

The NFPA reports that more than 40,000 house fires each year are caused by faulty electrical distribution and wiring problems. It leads to more than $640 million in damages. And many of these fires will be during the hottest days of the year.

But electrical problems give warning signs. If you know what to watch for, you can prevent many of the problems that occur.

  • Lights often flicker or dim momentarily from time to time
  • Circuit breakers trip or fuses blow
  • Cords or electrical plates are warm to the touch and begin discoloring over time
  • Sizzling or crackling noises sound from outlets as they are in use or switches are flipped

A home electrical inspection is a perfect way to identify problems and find solutions. It can help you find hidden hazards that are ripe for causing problems in the near term. The time and investment in having a qualified electrician check out your home and performing a few home repairs and upgrades far outweigh the alternatives, proving your home and your family safety and protection. You should consider an inspection:

  • If your home is over 40 years old or older
  • You make renovations to your home
  • You add major new appliances or have added them in the past few years
  • You use power strips or extension cords permanently in your home

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