There are 48 lives on average died because of electrocution every year between 2010-2013. A lot of people died because homeowners fail to do an electric inspection. Hiring a professional electrician to conduct electrical home safety inspection is necessary to prevent more danger. The professionals can identify issues that need immediate attention and solve them.
How would you know that there are electrical problems? Look for these signs:
Unusual odors coming from wires and plugs.
You can usually smell odors from new appliances and fixtures due to its paint, finish or some other superficial issues. If there is an unusual smell coming from an electrical outlet, unplug anything that connects to it, and do not use it until an electrician has checked it. And also, call an electrician right away if there is odor from your fuse box or breaker panel.
Warm switches and sparking outlets.
Call a professional electrician right away if your outlet is sparking or your light switches are warm to touch. Your wiring might need repairs or your fixtures need replacements.
A power outage usually causes flickering lights. Power outage usually happens when the appliances in your home are making demands on the electrical system, which can not be handled. If flickering lights happen more often, it would be better to consider upgrading your home’s wiring.
Immediately turn off the fixture if you hear any buzzing, sizzling or cracking sound, and call a professional electrician. Outlets and switches should operate without any noise.
Hot ceiling fixtures.
Hot ceilings may indicate insufficient insulation. It would be best if you inspected the area of your ceiling fixtures. A hot ceiling may also indicate overheating due to exceeding recommended bulb wattages. Either of these issues can cause a fire hazard. It would be better to switch to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs or compact fluorescent light (CFL) as they do not produce much heat, unlike the incandescent bulbs.
Rodents like mice and rats may cause damage to wirings, and it leads to fire hazard. If there is any sign of rodent activity around the electrical fixtures, inspect all wirings for signs of damage.