Make Some Electrical Safety Improvements in 2023

3 Easy Ways to Improve Electrical Safety 

Electrical safety should be a year-round concern for homeowners. However, with modern electronics and infrastructure, electrical systems are so reliable that they are often forgotten in daily life. The beginning of the new year is an excellent opportunity to find some blind spots that have been neglected in the last few years, and a home’s electrical system is a great place to start. 

Even with stringent building codes and state-of-the-art technology, electricity in the home can still be a hazard. Every year some homeowners are exposed to electric shocks and electrical fires, which are some of the natural hazards of this important utility. To improve the home’s electrical safety, homeowners should take professional advice. Here are three important steps to take to keep the home safe in the coming year. 

Make Overloading Circuits a Thing of the Past circuit

One of the biggest focuses for electrical safety has to do with overloading circuits. Numerous strategies are used in building codes to prevent this problem, but it continues to be a significant issue in many homes. Electrical circuits within the home are intended only to carry a certain amount of current. When the circuit or branches of the circuit are asked to carry more current than intended, the wires and components can heat up and contribute to an electrical fire. 

The best way to prevent overloaded circuits is to become familiar with the wiring in a home. Learn which branches support certain rooms or appliances. Once homeowners understand the wiring scheme, they can more accurately distribute loads around the house to prevent overloaded circuits. 

Secondly, electrical inspections can reduce the chance of overloaded circuits. Circuit breakers and certain types of electrical outlets are designed to protect against overloads. By having these components inspected by a professional, homeowners can be assured that these components are still protecting the home. 

Schedule Electrical Inspections 

Electrical inspections are not just for preventing overloaded circuits. An electrical inspection from a qualified professional is intended to include every aspect of a home’s electrical system. The electrical system in a home is designed to prevent fires and electrical shock, but eventually, the parts that protect the home can wear out. When these parts wear out, then the house is unprotected. Giving a professional electrician a chance to do an electrical inspection of the home can reveal dangerous problems to fix like: 

  • Faulty circuit breakers
  • Outdated electrical panels
  • Loose or malfunctioning outlets
  • Malfunctioning GFCI outlets
  • Outdated wiring

Replace Old Wiring and Electrical Outlets 

outletEvery day the wires in a home carry electricity to power lighting and devices. Over time, electrical wires can become damaged from overloads or overheating. Constant overheating leads to a greater chance of electrical fires, and the best way to reduce this risk is to update old or damaged wiring. 

Outlets get used every day, just like the wiring. Most often, electrical outlets wear out from constant use and will develop problems like the inability to hold a plug snugly or the outlet itself getting loose inside its box. Replacing old and damaged outlets is a quick and easy process for electricians and can greatly reduce the chance of electrical problems down the road. 

About Modern Electrical Services

Modern Electrical Services has been serving Haverhill, MA, and the surrounding areas since 2016. They provide same-day service, on-time service, and straightforward pricing. Call them today for safety inspections, dedicated circuits, outlet repair, or electrical wiring services in Haverhill, MA.