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Electrical Hazards at Home You Didn’t Know You Had
Electrical Hazards at Home You Didn’t Know You Had
Oct 15,2023

Electrical Hazards at Home You Didn’t Know You Had

Electricity is the lifeblood of our modern world, powering our homes and enabling our day-to-day activities. Yet, electricity also comes with risks. While we're all aware of common electrical hazards such as exposed wires and wet outlets, there are lurking dangers that often go unnoticed by homeowners. In this brief article brought to you by Mr. Electric, we shed light on potential electrical risks in the average home.

If you are looking for reliable electrical repair service, then call Mr. Electric to hire a uniformed electrician. Our team is on standby to schedule an appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch for as soon as possible.

A Silent Threat: Electric Heater

During the colder months, electric heaters become our beloved companions providing warmth and comfort. However, these seemingly innocuous devices can pose serious electrical hazard if not used cautiously. 

Many homeowners may not realize that electric heaters draw substantial power, and when plugged into overloaded circuits or extension cords, they can lead to overheating and electrical fires. 

To mitigate this risk, ensure your electric heaters are plugged directly into wall outlets, never use damaged heaters, and follow the manufacturer's guidelines for safe usage. Make sure to unplug electric heaters that are not in use!

Daisy Chaining Extension Cords

Extension cords are incredibly useful for connecting appliances and devices to a distant, or limited number of, electrical outlets. Many homeowners create a web of interconnected extension cords to power multiple devices simultaneously, oblivious to the risks involved. 

This practice increases the load on the cords, making them susceptible to overheating and causing electrical fires. Use extension cords only as a temporary solution, never daisy-chain them, and invest in heavy-duty, high-quality cords for added safety.

If you want a long-lasting solution, then consider adding new electrical outlets or electrical circuits to your building.

Overloaded Circuits

Overloaded circuits are perhaps one of the most underestimated electrical hazards, and they can occur without homeowners even realizing it. When too many appliances and devices are connected to a single circuit, the wiring can overheat, leading to fires or electrical failures. 

Signs of an overloaded circuit include flickering lights, frequently tripped circuit breakers, and outlets that feel warm to the touch. Redistribute the load among various circuits and avoid plugging too many appliances into a single outlet. If issues persist, consult an electrician to assess your electrical panel's capacity.

Faulty Wiring: A Time Bomb in Your Walls

Homeowners often overlook the significance of periodic electrical inspections, assuming that everything is fine as long as the lights are on. However, wiring can degrade due to wear and tear, rodent attacks, or accidental damage. Damaged wiring can lead to electrical shocks, fires, and power outages. 

Have your wiring professionally inspected at regular intervals, especially if your home is older or you notice signs of electrical issues such as flickering lights, burning odors, or discolored outlets.

Hire a Uniformed and Certified Electrician Today

If you are looking for reliable and affordable electrical repair service, then call Mr. Electric to hire a uniformed and certified electrician. We have you covered with everything from electrical inspections and repairs to electric panel replacements and circuit installations.


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