We see a lot of electrical hazards in homes in our line of work and we always let homeowners know when we see them. Some are big and some are small, but electricity is never something to take chances with. At Jeremy Electrical, we’ve compiled a list of the most common electrical hazards we see in homes. If you think your home may have any of these hazards, give us a call and we can take care of them.
Missing GFCIs in the Kitchen, Bathroom and Outdoors – GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) are a requirement anywhere that electrical outlets and water will be in close proximity to one another. GFCIs detect current leakages (or ground faults) in electrical circuits and immediately cut power to that outlet. This prevents shock and electrocution if an electrically powered hair dryer, toaster, etc. makes contact with water. Your home does not have these if your outlets have two prongs instead of three and don’t have a button on them that can be depressed.
No Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) – An arc (similar to an electrical short) produces intensely hot sparks that can set fire to nearby combustible materials. Arcs often happen in appliance or extension cords that have become frayed or cracked. AFCIs are able to detect certain types of dangerous arcing conditions and the AFCI breaker trips. They look and work just like conventional circuit breakers and fit into electrical panels in the same way. Not only do they protect against overloads and short circuits, but they also electronically sense arcing. If an AFCI breaker trips, call an electrician.
Old Electrical Panels – Electrical panels, sometimes called breaker boxes, pose several hazards. Old panels can cause fires if overloaded. If fuses blow or circuit breakers trip frequently, it may be an indication that your home’s circuits are overloaded. If you notice burn marks, hear buzzing or cracking, or smell burning plastic around or inside the electrical panel, have a qualified electrician check the panel immediately. We replace old panels to rid your home of this danger. For more information about electrical panels, check out our Electrical Panel Safety Checklist.
Extension Cords – Extension cords are a temporary, not permanent, wiring solution. They can become frayed or damaged which could lead to a fire. If you use extension cords, check them periodically for damage, and never repair them by splicing.
At Jeremy Electrical, we see these hazards commonly. If you’re not sure if your home has any of these electrical safety hazards, give us a call and Jeremy Electrical will perform a home electrical safety inspection. Give us a call at 913-375-0070.