Your home should be a safe haven where friends and family can seek relief from the stress of the world. The last thing you want is for your home to become a dangerous place. Thanks to the increase in electrical devices populating modern homes, the risk of electrical fires are something that homeowners need to be aware of.
Here are three tips that you can use to help identify potential electrical fire hazards within your home in order to increase safety in the future.
1. Pay attention to your circuit breakers.
While it's not uncommon for a circuit breaker to trip after a sudden power surge if you find that your circuits are tripping often then this could be cause for alarm. Circuit breakers are designed to automatically trip if the electrical current running through the circuit becomes too great. This prevents the increased electrical current from reaching your home where it could damage the delicate electrical device or spark a fire.
A circuit that is constantly tripping could be overloaded, creating a serious fire hazard. Be sure to have a knowledgeable electrician evaluate your electrical use if you have a circuit breaker that trips regularly.
2. Listen to your electrical outlets.
When you plug an electrical device into an outlet in your home, you should hear no audible noise coming from the outlet. If you start to hear a slight buzzing or humming sound while an outlet is in use, this could be the sound of an electrical charge escaping the wiring in the outlet.
Stray electrical charges have the potential to overheat an outlet and spark an electrical fire, which means they pose a serious threat to your safety. Have an electrician replace a buzzing or humming outlet and be sure the electrician looks at the wiring connected to the outlet to check for signs of damage.
3. Watch for flickering light bulbs.
If your light bulbs flicker when you flip the light switch, this could be cause for concern. Check to see that the bulb isn't starting to burn out and that it is firmly screwed into the light socket. If the bulb is in working order yet there is still flickers; this could be a sign of serious electrical problems.
Have your electrician check the light socket for a loose circuit or wiring that has come loose. Faulty wiring can easily spark an electrical fire, so flickering light bulbs should be addressed as quickly as possible.
Being able to identify some electrical fire hazards within your home will allow you to partner with an experienced electrician to eliminate these hazards in the future. To learn more, contact a company like Narducci Electric.