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Every year, thousands of individuals lose their homes because of accidental fires. More often than not, these are caused by faulty wiring. However, modern living is impossible without utilizing electrical appliances in the house, so the risk of having electrical accidents is higher than ever.
The good thing is that you can have your home checked by a licensed electrician or you can do it yourself by doing these simple steps.
Rule Number One: Safety First
Before anything else, remember to turn off the main power source before inspecting any wiring or appliance to avoid injuries. Look for the fuse box inside your home, and that’s where the main switch is located.
Get to Know Your Electrics
The main switch allows you to turn off the electric supply to the entire system. It should be easy to get to, so you’ll get to it easily during an emergency. Next, some fuses protect you from a faulty circuit. Circuit-breakers are similar to fuses but are better in preventing overloading.
Lastly, you should know about residual-current devices. These are designed to protect you from experiencing fatal electric shocks in case you accidentally touch a live wire.
Get to Know Your House
Do you use a lot of adaptors or extensions around your house? They provide convenience but are also often misused, which can be dangerous. Then, find the rooms in your home that use water. Electricity and water are two things that are fatal when mixed. Check if the wirings in your bathroom, kitchen, and garden are correctly installed and take extra precaution when using appliances in these areas.
Signs You Should Look Out For
Primarily, a safe electrical system would not produce any noise. It shouldn’t have any smell and should never feel hot to the touch. You will know that it is time to check with your electrician when you notice anything out of the standard such as a buzzing sound when turning the lights on or off, flickering lights, plugs that loosely fit in receptacles, or lights that dim when you switch on some appliances.
What You Shouldn't Do
If anything needs fixing, never try to repair anything by yourself if you are not trained to do so. It will put you and anyone close to you in danger.
Your home should be your safe place, but emergencies happen even in the places where you least expect them, so protect yourself and family by buying insurance. At Old Bay Insurance Agency, we aim to make our client's life easier with policies that are tailored to their needs. You can get more information about our products and services by calling our agency at (410) 777-5390. Get your free quote today by CLICKING HERE.