Electricity is a complete necessity in every home for so many different elements, from cooking to powering light bulbs, keeping the television on and working a hair dryer. Owing to its extensive use, the chances of an electrical fire starting are fairly high. Of course this is extremely dangerous and not only can it lead to property damage but in some instance injuries can occur.
What are the causes of electrical fires?
- Arc faults happen when an electrical current strays from its path. Wiring problems can cause the fault, and even human error can cause an issue, like when hammering something into a wall and hitting a wire unintentionally. An electrician will use an arc fault circuit interrupter to detect abnormalities and hence shut down the circuit to avert over-heating.
- Old wiring leads to insufficient power rating which is concerning. Older wires are not able to keep up with more modern demands. Typical signs of this will include fuses blowing frequently and circuit breakers tripping often. Having a wiring inspection carried out is a good way to assess the situation.
As a responsible home owner, you should try to invest in reputable electrical products so as to lessen the risk of electrical fires that may arise from problems like inferior quality extension cords or unreliable circuit breakers.
Branham Electric offers you thorough fire prevention services including inspection services and testing methods. The technicians aim to ensure the safety of your house at competitive prices and offer quality and value.
You can contact an electrician St. Louis here for more information and an electrical assessment.