Short circuits are one of the most common reasons for a house fire. For this reason, it's important to know what you can do to avoid them. Here are four tips for doing this:
- Avoid Multiple Plug Sockets: If you can, try to avoid multiple plug sockets. When there are multiple appliances plugged into a multiple plug socket that are all running at the same time, it can cause a short circuit because of overheating. If you have to use a multiple plug socket, be sure to unplug anything that is not being used. This way, you prevent the chance of overheating. Also, be aware of the signs that the multiple plug socket is starting to overheat. Lights will start to flicker and, if it's attached to any screens, such as a television or computer, the image quality will start to fade, as well. If these things happen, unplug everything for a few minutes and only plug back in what is being used.
- Check Wires Regularly: Another common reason for a short circuit to happen is when wires are frayed. This is why it's important to regularly inspect the wires to all electrical appliances. If you notice fraying, you should replace the cord, which needs to be done by a professional electrician.
- Check the Trees and Bushes: If you notice that any trees or bushes are becoming overgrown to the point where they may potentially be hitting the wires above your house, you need to call professionals to trim the trees or bushes. Otherwise, a short circuit is bound to happen and the tree on your property can even catch fire, which can lead to major property damage if the fire gets out of control.
- Get Inspections: When you move into a new house, you need to get an electrician to perform an inspection of the fuse box. If the fuse box is old or infested with bugs, which happens in older homes, it needs to be replaced. Otherwise, a short circuit is bound to happen. An electrician will also be sure that you have circuit protection, which will cut off the circuit to certain parts of your home to prevent a short circuit from occurring.
When you know these four tips for avoiding dangerous short circuits from happening, you can be sure that your home does not fall victim to an electrical fire. For more information, talk to an electrician.