Can you imagine life without electricity? Especially in Central Florida’s heat and humidity! With the benefits of electricity, comes a couple of hazards. Fortunately, these dangers can be minimized by being mindful of the signs and taking action to reduce them. 

5 Biggest Electrical Risks Include:

Poorly connected wires 

There are a number of reasons why wires become defective, from poor insulation to the wires and fittings themselves. Resulting in serious consequences, power surges, shock, injury and even fires. Which is why when it comes to electrical work you should avoid doing it yourself and hire a professional electrician. 

Buzzing or crackling sound coming from electrical outlets

This is a serious problem, that buzzing or cracking noise coming from the outlet is the sound of electricity arcing. Unplug anything from the socket immediately and don’t use it again until they have been repaired by an electrician. 

Outlets near water sources 

Since water conducts electricity, outlets should be placed away from bathtubs, sinks, and faucets. Reducing the risk of electric shock. If there is already an outlet in the area of water, make sure it has a ground fault circuit interrupt or GFCI.

Incandescent light bulbs

Incandescent lights work by heating up gas inside the bulb. Which can negatively react to the surrounding air. If you use this type of light, make sure it is away from combustible materials, drapes, bedding, and such.

Circuit breakers tripping or fuses blowing frequently

Typically, when you have frequent circuit breakers tripping or fuses blowing it is a sign of a bigger problem. Such as bad wiring, overloaded electrical system, or poor amp capacity. Either way, it should be professionally repaired before someone gets hurt.

When it comes to handling electricity and wires, safety is utmost importance. Protect yourself and your family by not risking DIY repairs on your own. Keeping your electrical system in peak condition is imperative for the safety of your family and employees. Check back with us next week for more instances you should contact an electrician. Until then, contact Sanford Electric Company.

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