According to the National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in the U.S there are approximately 1,000 electrical injury related deaths, and at least 30,000 shock incidents each year. To combat this statistic the the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) encourages electrical safety, and recommends calling an electrician or your landlord immediately if:
● Your home frequently has blown fuses or trips circuit breakers
● You have a tingling sensation while touching appliances
● Your outlets are warm or discolored
● A burning or rubbery smell comes from appliances
● Lights dim or flicker
● Sparks emit from outlets
However, even if you are not experiencing any of these issues, you can still take other preventative measures to protect your home from electrical hazards. For example, you can have whole-house surge protectors, GFCI plugs, or a new circuit box installed. Remember, the electrical currents running through your walls have the potential to be deadly, so if you need help practicing electrical safety, don’t do it yourself - contact us online or call us today at (210) 899-2430.