4 Electrical Hazards You Can'T Afford To Have

Unfortunately, many homes have hidden electrical hazards that could cost you dearly if left unaddressed. There are objects out in plain site that you may not feel are a safety hazard. For the safety of your home and your family, here are the top four most common electrical hazards in your home that you need to be watching out for. 

1. Poor or Defective Wiring

Poor wiring or a defective wire is one of the most common electrical issues in homes today. Defective wiring can cause power surges or even start fires within the home. Poor wiring plans are most often the work of a do-it-yourself electrical approach, but the consequences are not worth whatever money may have been saved. That is why it is imperative to hire a trusted electrician from SDS Electric to handle all wiring and electrical duties in your home. It may cost more upfront, but it will be worth it in the long run. 

2. Water Leaks

Outlets or wiring that are positioned in areas like the kitchen or bathroom can be hazardous if they are not a sufficient distance away from the wet areas. This can also be a problem in the event of water leakage, spillage, or flooding. Because of this, it is very important to address any water leaks as soon as possible before they have a chance to spread to electrical outlets or other electrical areas of your home. If your home has experienced flooding, make sure to turn off the electricity until the situation is resolved, and a professional gives you the go ahead. 

3. Faulty Fire Alarms

Fire alarms are one of the most important defenders of home safety, but can unfortunately sometimes become one of the most annoying. Even if your fire alarm goes off occasionally when you're just making a slice of toast, it is much better to be safe than sorry. 

You should never remove the battery from your fire alarm or otherwise intentionally disable it. It is there to protect you, your home, and your family. Doing this may also result in a forfeiture of insurance in the event of a disaster. It is much better to just put up with the occasional false alarm. 

Make sure to check your fire alarm regularly to ensure that it is in proper working order. The owner's manual should provide specific instructions for your particular model. 

4. Overused Extension Cords

Extension cords are convenient tools for temporary use, but they should never be used as a permanent solution, especially indoors. With continued use, or when overburdened, they can degrade and become fire hazards. They are also tripping hazards and may result in electrical burns for inquisitive young children. 

Your home is filled with unexpected electrical hazards, but that doesn't mean you can't feel safe there. Take the time to have your home thoroughly inspected by a certified electrician. In doing so and working towards preventing the above four mentioned  hazards, your home should be safe for many years to come.