Did you know that in 2017, over 1.3 million fires were caused by electrical problems? 3,400 people died and another 14,000 people were injured. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can prevent this from happening in your own home.
Using Lots of Extension Cords
Look around your home. You probably see a lot of things that require electricity to function properly. Are all of those devices plugged into a wall socket? Or do you see extension cords and power strips snaking around? While they are super useful, power strips and extension cords are only safe to use as temporary solutions. If you consistently have a bunch of things plugged in that way, that is a huge safety risk. Call your electrician and ask about having additional outlets installed.
Compared to most of the other things in your home, your lights don’t use a whole lot of power, especially if you have energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. If you see the lights dim or flicker at all, it could be an indicator of a problem with another part of your system.
Warm and Hot Outlets
If you plug something in, take a minute to check and make sure the outlet is cool to the touch. If you notice that an outlet is unusually hot, unplug everything immediately. That could indicate faulty wiring. Call your electrician. To keep it safe while you wait for your appointment, you should flip the breaker that controls that outlet and cover up the outlet itself to prevent further harm.
A Mysterious Buzzing Noise
You shouldn’t be able to hear your electricity. Sometimes, however, you might hear a buzzing noise. The most common causes of this are fraying wire, outlets, and loose prongs.
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