Electrical emergencies at home are almost always caused by faulty electrical wiring. You should always be prepared in case problems occur because of such issues.
Part of being prepared for electrical emergencies is hiring an electrician that offers 24-hour service and provides immediate help. Electrical experts from Adam Tulloch discuss some common wiring problems at home.
Melted Socket and Insulation
Sometimes, wire sockets and insulation can be exposed to heat, causing them to melt. This can lead to a fire because exposed wiring can cause sparks. In light fixtures, wiring can be exposed because of overlamping. It is when your fixtures are using bulbs with higher wattage, causing too much heat within.
RCDs or residual current devices prevent you from getting an electrical shock while using electrical appliances within damp areas in your house. These work by detecting current that can potentially shock you. It then automatically turns the power off upon detection of such current.
Loose wiring in electrical outlets is sometimes caused by a back-stabbed connection. A back-stabbed connection is when the wiring is simply pushed back into internal slots. While this is an accepted practice, it is a fire hazard, but only in a worst case scenario.
To make sure you are not at risk, have your electrician change your outlets by using its screw terminals instead of the push-back method. Check for other loose wirings in your house, as well as low hanging wires. Have them disconnected and repaired to avoid fire and electrical shock.
In case of electrical emergency, contact an electrician with 24-hour availability, so you can immediately have your electrical wiring repaired. Waiting the next day to have electrical problems checked can pose more hazards.
If an electrical fire occurs, call the authorities. As a precautionary measure, install smoke detectors in your home. Most importantly, talk to your family about an evacuation plan you can all work and agree on.