Electrical faults can lead to one of the biggest hazards we know – fire. If there’s a fault in one circuit or installation, it can affect other circuits too and if a fire starts it can spread very quickly, putting property – and lives – at risk.
You should always use fully qualified and licensed electricians for any form of electrical work. This minimises the risk of faults and problems. However, if you’re living in an older house, you might have older wiring that has deteriorated to a point at which it becomes dangerous. You should schedule in assessments of your installations every couple of years, with a view to an eventual rewiring.
Some electricians can offer periodic checks as part of a contract so you can root out and resolve problems before they become dangerous.
There are some signs that you can look out for yourself, in between inspections. If you see any of these, then call in the professionals.
Frequent circuit breaker trips
Sometimes your circuit breaker will trip because you have too many appliances running at one time on one particular circuit. If this keeps happening you should pay attention because it’s there to warn you that something could be faulty. Have an electrician inspect your property, just to be on the safe side.
Sparking or buzzing plug sockets
Buzzing, sparking, fizzing or burning smells are a serious warning that something’s wrong. You will need the outlet to be checked and replaced, as well as the wiring inspected. This of course goes for both your general power outlets/sockets as well as light switches.
Getting shocks from appliances
If you’re getting shocks from electrical appliances then there’s a current leak; this could be caused by dodgy wiring or grounding; your electrician will work out what’s causing it and deal with it promptly.
Obviously, sometimes flickering is caused by the bulb not being fitted properly or being on its way out. Other times, however, the flickering is caused by loose wiring, so get it checked out.
Safety measures you can take yourself
You can take steps to keep your home safe from electrical hazards, including:
- hiring experienced and properly-certified electricians to undertake any work;
- making sure your electrician uses modern appliances and components that meet with the latest codes;
- upgrading older fuse boxes to ones with circuit breakers and safety switches for all circuits.
- Surge arrestors also have impact on protecting your property from any surges coming from either the grid or even lightning in large storms.