Are you concerned or unsure of the electrical wiring hazards in your home? If so, you’re not alone! Wiring hazards, can cause electrical shocks, fires, and even mortality. Fortunately, you can take precautions against these hazards. 

Steps To Safeguard Against Wiring Hazards In Your Home⚡

In this article, we will discuss some of the measures you can take to protect your property and loved ones.

Professional Electrical Inspections - EICR 

Regularly having a professional electrician inspect your home's wiring is one of the best methods to prevent wiring-related dangers. A qualified electrician is able to identify prospective issues and suggest solutions before they become hazards. If you reside in an older home or have experienced electrical problems in the past, it is advisable to schedule an inspection at least once per year. A full EICR – electrical installation condition report is usually required every 5 – 10 years.

Update Old Wiring

In your property, outdated wiring can pose a significant hazard. If your home was constructed more than 30 years ago, it is likely that the wiring is obsolete and potentially hazardous. This can result in electrical accidents and other dangers. If you suspect that the wiring in your residence is outdated, you should take action to get it inspected as soon as possible. 

Don’t Overload Electrical Outlets

Home electrical fires are commonly caused by overloaded electrical receptacles. When too many devices are plugged into a single receptacle, the wiring can overheat and catch fire. Utilize power strips and surge protectors with built-in circuit breakers to prevent overloaded receptacles.  

Additionally, avoid using extension cords as permanent solutions, as they are not intended for continuous use. 

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Ensure Electrical Cords are not damaged

Frayed or deteriorated electrical cables can also pose a risk. Damaged cables can expose the wiring within, which can result in electrical shocks and fires. To prevent this, regularly inspect your cords and replace any that are damaged. Additionally, avoid running cables under rugs or furniture, as doing so can cause them to overheat and start a fire.

Install Arc Fault Detection Devices

The purpose of arc fault detection devices (AFDD’s) is to prevent electrical disasters. In the event that there is an arc defect in the wiring, they immediately cut power. Arc faults can occur when wires are damaged or frayed, and if they are not detected promptly, they can cause fires. AFCIs are required in bedrooms and other areas of the residence, but they can also be installed elsewhere.

Use Tamper-Resistant Outlets

The design of tamper-resistant outlets prevents minors from inserting objects into the outlet. They operate via a unique shutter system that only opens when both prongs of a socket are simultaneously inserted. New homes are required to have tamper-resistant receptacles, but they can also be installed in existing homes for added security.

Keep Electronic Devices Away From Water 

Water and electricity are incompatible. To prevent electrical shocks, electrical appliances should be kept away from water sources. This includes avoiding the use of hair dryers and other electrical appliances near toilets and bathtubs. Additionally, it is crucial to avoid using electrical appliances outside when it is raining or otherwise damp.

EMC Electrical Group has a team of qualified and experienced electricians who are happy to discuss any of your electrical needs and give you the peace of mind that your house and loved ones are protected.