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Electrical fires are something to avoid at all costs. A fire that starts in your electrical work can tear through your home at exponential speed, putting possessions and lives at dire risk. Most home electrical systems are perfectly safe, but shoddy work and deteriorated wiring can prove deadly, so it’s of utmost importance to keep an eye out for signs that your electrical work is not performing properly. Read on to learn about red flags that indicate dangers in your electrical system.
Signs that Your Wiring is on the Fritz
Malfunctioning electrical work like short circuits and bad wiring are responsible for six percent of residential fires in the United States, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, or about 22,000 per year. Furthermore, electrical malfunctions often prove more dangerous than other types of fires. In fact, at 14 percent, they are the leading type of non-confined fires, or those that spread beyond the original object.
If you experience any of the following symptoms in your electrical work, have an electrician come inspect your house as soon as possible:
Preventative Measures to Keep Your Family Safe
You can further protect yourself from fire by taking these preventative steps:
Never plug too many devices into a single outlet, power strip or circuit.
Expert Inspection of Your Electrical Work