Top 5 Electrical Dangers to Avoid

September 14, 2019

Electrical wiring and related components can present some hazards in your home. Some of these common risks can eventually lead to an electrical accident. If you want to protect yourself and others from electrical dangers, here are a few hazards to be aware of on your property.

1. Outdated Wiring

Outdated or poor wiring can lead to fires. That’s why you may want to have a technician from a company like Brennan Electric in Seattle inspect your wiring every year or two. Homes that are more than 30 years old require annual inspections to determine which wires need to be fixed or replaced.

2. Overloaded Power Strips

Many people overload their power strips with too many electronic devices that are plugged in at once. Power strips are only capable of handling a certain amount of electricity. Avoid plugging in too many high-voltage devices or two power strips together.

3. Using Unsafe Appliances

Avoid using unsafe appliances, which can include a clothes dryer or a microwave that has suffered from frequent issues in the past. Unsafe appliances can increase the risk of an electrical fire or shock.

4. Uncovered Electrical Outlets

Electrical outlets that are uncovered can be dangerous if children are present in the home because the kids are prone to sticking objects inside of the outlets. Add plastic closures to avoid electrocution, burns, or shocks.

5. Exposed Electrical Parts

Temporary lighting and detached insulation parts are examples of exposed electrical parts that are hazards that can lead to shocks and burns. Use guarding mechanisms to secure the areas and prevent accidents from occurring.

Contact the professionals at Brennan Electric today to learn more about electrical dangers that may be present in your home. Our company can also install generators and complete inspections each year to reduce the risk of accidents. We earned the 2018 Angie’s List Super Service Award and have been in business since 1987. We have offices in Seattle and Lynnwood.

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