Ways to prevent an electrical fire
Did you know that in the last year, 26,432 fires have been reported to the New York Fire Department, due to electrical failure?And that home electrical fires represent 13% of all home structure fires? These are facts that are hard to ignore, and we have to admit that electrical fire is a concerning issue for all of us. Choosing the most reliable residential electrician should be your main concern when dealing with any type of electrical modifications around your home, together with a few simple tips.
1. Discard or replace any frayed wiring. Most people use electrical tape to repair a melted or exposed conductor but this should only be considered a temporary fix. Never use electrical tape on a melted cable. The conductibility properties of the wire will be compromised as soon as the cable coating melts or there are signs of short circuit, and this will result in an electric overload. The best way to deal with frayed wiring is to replace it. Get in touch with your local electrical contractors and schedule an appointment. In addition, you can check your local hardware store and purchase the correct type of wiring.
2. Replace any old wiring. If your circuit breakers trip regularly this is a sign that there may be old wiring in your home that needs replacing. The average life cycle of normal copper wire is about 30 to 40 years. If your house is older than that, you might need to upgrade your wiring. Most old houses use aluminum wiring in addition to copper wiring, but with today’s electrical consumption, the aluminum wires simply cannot handle the load. Consult your local residential electrician and consider replacing all or most of your home’s wiring. The upgrade may be expensive but, it will stand you in good stead for decades. Brooklyn Electric performs home inspections in NY and surrounding areas and has the best trained electricians.
3. Try not to overload the electrical circuits. Each circuit was designed to deliver a limited amount of electricity to the outlets. Overloading those outlets may stress the wiring which eventually will spark or deteriorate. The easiest way to avoid overloading is to limit the appliances connected to the outlets. You’re not suppose to connect more than two appliances to a single outlet. Most old houses were not designed with very many outlets so overloading them is an easy mistake to make. Choosing reputable electrical contractors will provide you with a solution for increasing the number of outlets in your home.
4. Use only UL-listed electrical products. Extension cords and batteries are often counterfeited. When you buy such products, look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) holographic logo. It is very difficult to fake, and it insures you are purchasing a safe product.
Pay careful attention to this advice and for complete peace of mind, schedule an electrical inspection of your home. For Brooklyn, Queens, Jamaica and within 20 miles of 11432, Brooklyn Electric is the perfect company. They have electricians with over 20 years of experience who are ready to tackle any job. Call at (718) 285-8683 for a free estimate. They can help with any electrical project in your home and they will be happy to answer your questions or discuss your issues free of charge.