Malfunctioning of electrical connections is the cause of fires in many houses. These fires can easily be prevented if the electrical connections are maintained well. There are certain steps you can take to protect your home from electrical fires.

Find the date of the last inspection by checking the fuse box or the breaker panel. Local council regulations require you to get your electrical system inspected only if you have modified the system by renovation or addition. However, an inspection every ten years is a good precautionary measure. It helps to identify any potential causes of electrical fires. Here is a list of things to check whether your home’s wiring needs to be upgraded:

#1 Dimming or Flickering Lights

Light fixtures consume very less power. So dimming or flickering of the light fixture may be caused by power-guzzling electrical appliances or space heaters that are wired to the same circuit as the light fixtures. For example, when you start the washing machine, it draws more current, and the electricity supply to the light fixture reduces, resulting in dimming. Consult your electrician to install dedicated lines for major appliances or moving lights to different circuits in your home.

#2 Extension Cords

While visible electric wires are not aesthetically appealing, there is another reason why they are concealed within the walls; it helps protect them from damage. It isn’t uncommon for people to use extension cords when they find that they need a few extra plug points.

When you run an extension cord, you indeed create the additional points that you need, but these also overburden your electrical system. It can result in damaged outlets, tripped breakers, or the possibility of a fire. It is essential that extension cords be used for a short-term requirement. If you need outlets consistently, ask an electrician to install more outlets.