May has arrived! This means two things; Spring is in full bloom & it’s National Electrical Safety Month. Now is the perfect time to address electrical issues in your home. Did you know that each year over 47,000 residential fires are caused by electrical overload or malfunction?
Here are warning signs a home’s electrical system may be overloaded:
- Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses.
- Under-powered appliances.
- Buzzing sound from switches or outlets.
- Burning odor when lights are turned on.
- Discolored or warm outlets.
- Dimming or flickering lights.
Electrical overloads happen when more electricity than a circuit can safely handle is used. These warning signs are more than just inconvenient; they are dangerous. Here’s a few steps to take to help prevent overloads & keep your family safe:
Safe extension cord use – Extension cords are meant to be temporary. Placing them under carpets or furniture creates a fire hazard. Relying on extension cords is a sign you have too few outlets to address your needs. The same goes for surge protectors or power strips. Our electricians can add more outlets where you need them.
Use energy-efficient appliances & lighting – Energy efficient appliances can reduce your home’s electrical load. New lighting, fixtures, or bulbs can transform the look of a room. Both will also reduce your energy usage, saving you money in the process.
Avoid overloading outlets – Many older homes are not equipped for today’s power demands. Mobile device power demands do not help this. Plugging too many devices into an outlet can be too much for a home’s electrical system to handle.
The best way to prevent dangerous electrical problems is to have regular maintenance inspections. At Tiger, we offer a $69 Electrical Safety Inspection. Our electricians will inspect your home’s electrical system safety. Then, they’ll discuss any safety issues found & make suggestions for repairs or improvements.
As an essential business, we are open to serve your needs. Tiger offers a wide variety of solutions to suit any home. To schedule a safety inspection or for any other electrical needs, give us a call or schedule service online today!