If you don’t think electrical maintenance should be done regularly, a study published by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) in 2013 will surely change your mind. It was found that has found that there have been over 47,700 home fires in 2011 caused by electrical malfunctions resulting in over 400 deaths and over $1.3 billion in damages that year alone. 63 percent of these fires were caused by bad wiring, and it claimed 50 percent of the lives lost. The numbers are fearsome and should definitely be a cause for concern. Apart from fire, there are also other injuries that can be caused by electric shocks and they are very unpleasant.
Here are a few tips for you to perform your own electrical maintenance checks:
If you are familiar with the way electricity works, you will know that there will be a main circuit panel that controls the live power coming into your property, the board will have meters, splitters, the fuse setup as well as circuit breakers and switches that distribute the electricity to various parts of the home.
- Test the circuit breakers and reset the switches, make a note if they are not functioning properly.
- If there is a long row of switches, switch them each off and make a note of which fans, lights and other appliances are connected to them.
- Check all plugs and switches inside the house and make sure that they are working smoothly and make a note of crackling sounds, loose switches and any sparks that you might see.
- Replace everything that you find which are not in good, working order and repeat the above steps once every few months; get a professional to do an in depth electrical maintenance check every once in two years or so.
There is no need to be scared of electricity, but under no circumstance should you take the safety precautions for granted. Never touch a live wire even if you are standing on wood or rubber or wearing gloves. If you are not sure of what you are doing, call an electrician and do not allow children near open boxes or anywhere near where you are working.