As you set up your home or apartment, you might be more concerned about making things look nice than you are about safety. Unfortunately, a few missed steps could mean the difference between protecting your home and family and staring at a pile of burnt rubble. Here are two electrical mistakes that can cause house fires, and how you can avoid them:
1: Daisy-Chaining Extension Cords Together
Nothing is more frustrating than setting up an entertainment center, stereo system, or home theater room and realizing that you are short a few outlets. To power up all of your devices, you might be tempted to daisy-chain extension cords together and stretch them across the room. Unfortunately, loading up extension cords is never a good idea.
Your home electrical outlets are designed to supply a certain amount of power. When you plug in extension cords and fill them up, your outlet might surpass the amount of voltage it is designed to handle. Unfortunately, when wires carry more current than they should, they can heat up and cause a fire.
To avoid trouble, think carefully about the number of outlets that you will need before you arrange your furniture. If you discover that you will be short, hire a professional electrician to run extra lines. It might seem like an added expense, but having a line run properly might save your home.
2: Replacing Fuses With Bigger Versions
If your power goes out every time you run your blow dryer, space heater, and microwave at the same time, you might decide to replace that old breaker box fuse with a larger version. Although a larger fuse might keep your breakers from tripping, it could also put extra strain on your electrical panel, which could start a house fire.
Breakers are designed to trip in order to keep each electrical line from overheating. If your major appliances are all set up on the same electrical line, your breaker might trip when you use them at the same time.
Unfortunately, if you replace the fuse with a larger version, your line won't trip like it should. Instead of carefully monitoring electrical current and protecting your home, that electrical line might run too much current and start on fire. If you have a problem with tripped breakers, contact an electrician. Your technician can evaluate the load on your panel, and upgrade your system to accommodate your needs.
By making the right decisions when it comes to your home electrical system, you can keep your family safe, and avoid unplanned expenses. Call D & D Electric Enterprises, Inc. for qualified electrical repairs and/or maintenance.