Each year, tens of thousands of homeowners put themselves at risk by continuing to use their electricity, even with glaring hazards present. Of the 374,000 residential fires in the United States per year, nearly 48,000 of them are due to electrical failure. To protect your home and family, it is imperative that you keep a close eye on your electrical system and remedy hazards promptly. Learn to recognize dangerous electrical situations in your home with this quick rundown from the experts at Harrison Electric.
If you own an older home, there’s a good chance it contains aluminum wiring. Decades ago, aluminum was the wiring material of choice due to rising supply costs and mounting economic strain. Both electricians and homeowners quickly realized, however, that aluminum wiring was not only inefficient but could also be downright dangerous. If you still have aluminum wiring in your home, the experts at Harrison Electric discuss why you should have it replaced as soon as possible.
Thinking about doing your own wiring to save yourself a few bucks? Think again. Do-it-yourself wiring is not only dangerous, it can actually cost you more money than you realize if you don’t do it properly. If you’re not a trained electrician, step away from the wiring, and call a professional. Sure, with the advent of DIY Youtube videos and tutorials online, you may think electrical wiring is a piece of cake; however, nothing could be further from the truth. The safety of your entire home and family is at stake when you attempt to install or repair your home’s wiring—mistakes are simply not an option. Here to explain why you should never wire your own house are the professionals at Harrison Electric.
The modern home has dozens of items plugged into wall sockets at any given time. Think about it for a moment: phone chargers, televisions, gaming systems, household appliances, lamps—it seems just about everything has a plug or a charger these days. And when you plug too many things into an outlet at once, you create a hazard for your home and family. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, overloaded sockets are responsible for over 5,000 residential fires annually! If you don’t want to join that statistic, our electricians at Harrison Electric are here to give you a few tips to keep your household safe.
Installing new lighting seems like a pretty easy job, but if you don't have the right experience, you can accidentally end up with injuries and a dangerous wiring job. There are many reasons that unexpected hazards can arise, so it's easy for homeowners to end up making errors that licensed electricians would know how to avoid. Here are some of the things that make it worth it to get a professional to update your lighting fixtures or add new ones:
It’s heartbreaking when a home floods from storm surge. The damage done is extraordinary. Most people want to re-enter a home as soon as they can to access the damage and remove whatever things that they can salvage by drying them out.
Have you recently rearranged your bedroom and found there isn’t an outlet on the wall where your TV is located? Have you noticed there isn’t enough outlet space in your bathroom each morning? Whether you’ve owned your home for 25 years or have recently purchased, you will typically find that certain elements need to be updated for practical and convenient reasons. This includes the number of electrical outlets in the home.
Repair of electrical wiring, components and fixtures often-times requires the skill of a certified electrician, given the risks and tools involved. An experienced professional can make cost-effective repairs in a safe and efficient manner, giving you lighting in your home that you can trust. Below are examples of when you should call an electrician for work.
It is recommended that both homes and businesses use surge protectors. There are two different types of surge protectors. This includes a whole home or building surge protector and an outlet or strip surge protector. A whole home or building surge protector protects the entire building or home, whereas an outlet or strip surge protector just protects the items that are plugged into the surge-protected outlet or strip. If you are considering getting and using a surge protector, you may wonder why it is important to have one. Here are two reasons ways surge protectors can help you.
Did half your lights go out and everybody shouted out, "Not again!" A popping circuit breaker can be an indication your home is in need of professional electrical service. Circuit breakers are designed to switch off power to the circuit when too much electricity is being drawn through the lines, preventing a short and possibly a fire.