When to Call a Professional Electrician

When to call an electrician

Did you know that the annual cost of property damage due to electrical fires is roughly $1.5 billion a year? While the specific causes of these electrical fires vary from situation-to-situation, many of them could be prevented. Even more important is that lives could be saved.

How Electrical Fires Are Caused

From 2007-to-2011, there were four primary causes reported for residential fires:

    Wiring for electrical distribution or lighting equipment: 63%
    Lamps, various light fixtures, and light bulbs: 20%
    Electrical cords and plugs: 11%
    Transformers and power supplies: 6%

These causes alone point to reasons to use a professional electrician.

When to Call a Professional Electrician

If you even suspect there may be issues with your electrical wiring, cords, plugs light fixtures or appliances, then this is when to call a professional electrician–even if you’re not sure if you have faulty wiring. In order to protect yourself and your family, be sure to hire a residential electric contractor rather than attempting to do it yourself.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International has made an important recommendation: if your house is more than 40 years old, you should request an electrical inspection. During this inspection, a qualified professional will be able to determine whether or not there are any potential hazards in your home.

If your home is older than ten years, if you’ve just completed a major renovation, or if you’ve installed new appliances, other experts recommend that you should also have a home inspection.

When else should you call a professional electrician? To ensure that other recommended safety measures are in place. In addition, they can assist you with home energy efficiency.

A skilled electrician can install arc-fault circuit interrupters on bedroom circuits. You could also have them install smoke detectors in each bedroom as well as in hallways that are within 15 feet of the bedrooms. If you have a multi-storied home, then you should have a minimum of one smoke detector per floor. Your electrician can take care of this for you so that you are ensured all these devices are properly installed and in excellent working order.

Preventing Electrocution

When a life is lost, it can feel devastating. It’s even more devastating, however, when that life was lost due to a preventable accident.

According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are approximately 300 electrocutions that occur in the home. More than two-thirds of these accidents could be prevented if these homes had possessed ground fault circuit interruptors.

If you even suspect your home has grounding or any other electrical issues, this is when to call a professional electrician. In this way, you will know that your home is safe for you and your family.

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