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How Do I Make Sure My Electrical Outlet is Safe?
How Do I Make Sure My Electrical Outlet is Safe?
February 01, 2023

How Do I Make Sure My Electrical Outlet is Safe?

Damaged electric power outlets have caused many fire disasters over the years. Therefore, to avoid possible electrical problems and become a more aware homeowner, the experts at Neighborhood Electric have 6 things that will help you prevent problems with your electrical outlets.

Carry Out Electrical Safety Inspection

If your home is old and its electrical system has not been updated in years, the safest thing to do is to call a qualified residential electrician to check whether the system is safe or struggling to handle the electric needs of your household.

Conditions that may indicate your current electrical system needs to be upgraded include a circuit breaker that trips frequently, lights around the house that flickers, or multiple outlets that are producing sparks.

While these conditions dont necessarily mean a need for electrical system replacement, letting a pro look into the issue will help uncover the source of the problem.

Self-Inspect Your Electric Panels

One simple way to tell if an electrical panel is safe is to check if its warm or producing odd sounds? If the electric panel is acting unusual there is a good chance that problems like melting wiring is brewing inside the circuit. Call a competent local from Neighborhood Electric for an immediate fix before the situation produces a fire.

Prevent Outlet Overload

The electrical demands of your home may be pretty high. Plugging in multiple electronics such as DVD player, TVs, cell phones, iPods, pressing irons, and computers into an electrical outlet at the same time could lead to an electrical outlet overload, which will either wreak havoc on the outlet or cause frequent circuit breaker trips.

One way to prevent overloading a circuit is to hire a local licensed electrician to install more outlets as necessary. Besides, in case you add more rooms to your house or recently install major appliances, you may have to call an electrician to check if your current electrical system can still handle the new demands.

Ground Older Appliances

If you have two-prong (ungrounded) outlets installed throughout or in certain parts of your home, replace them with three-prong (grounded) outlets. The same applies to appliances fitted with two-prong wires. Replacing the electric wires of these appliances with three-pronged plugs will help prevent grounding issues that can put you at risk for a shock, electrocution, or fire.

Replace Damaged Wiring Immediately

Poorly installed or faulty wiring can indirectly influence the safety of your electrical outlets. If your circuit breaker trips frequently, there could be issues going on inside your homes electrical wiring. Also, inspect your home for frayed, chewed, or peeled insulation of electric wires as naked wires can increase the risk of electrocution.

Always Let a Licensed Electrician Handle Your Electrical Works

Electrical work is not something to be handled by an untrained individual as it is inherently dangerous. It usually takes years of training and practice before the state grants professional electricians a working license. By using a qualified residential electrician, youll be assured that your project will be handled with great attention to detail.

Do you have a loose outlet in a room that wont hold a plug? Is your electrical system problematic? Contact us now at Neighborhood Electric to find out how our trained and licensed electricians have successfully helped other homeowners solve their electrical problems.