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How to Not Overload Your Home’s Electrical System

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Electrical fires can be some of the harshest and most costly fires imaginable.
One of the most common causes of these types of fires is having an overloaded
electrical system. In order to avoid starting a fire in your home, you
need to lower your chances of overloading any of your
electrical circuits.

Warning! Danger!

Luckily, there are few ways that your electrical system will warn you
if the demand for electricity is too high. The most obvious warning sign
is when the breakers are constantly tripping or if the fuses are blowing
out. Anytime this happens more than once, you should reassess what is
plugged into each circuit and maybe think about adding more circuits to
your home's system. You should also be on the lookout for lights that
dim or flicker, outlet covers and electrical panels that are warm to the
touch, and any buzzing noises coming from the outlets or panel.

Prevention Methods

  1. Household appliances use a lot of energy to operate, which is why any large appliance should
    be plugged into its own circuit. Plugging two appliances into one electrical
    outlet will put the circuit at risk for tripping or even starting a house
    fire. Instead, make sure all appliances are plugged into separate circuits.
  2. Extension cords should only be used temporarily, not as a permanent wiring solution. If
    an appliance needs an extension cord, resist the urge, and call an electrician
    to install an outlet closer to the unit. Also, avoid linking multiple
    extension cords together, even if it is only for a temporary use.
  3. Power strips are great when you need more outlets available to you. Just remember that
    even though there are more outlets, that does not increase the amount
    that the circuit can handle. Be smart when it comes to using power strips
    because they can make it a lot easier to overload your circuits.

Overloading your home's electrical system can be easily done by accident,
so it's important to know how to avoid doing this. When you need an
electrician to assess your electrical system or add additional circuits
to your home, contact the pros at Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling
& Electrical. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us
a call at (717) 207-9952.

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