Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are staying at home and continue to work remotely. Factor in the number of kids and young people opting for online learning, and that means more people are using laptops, tablets, and cell phones in every household.
With the increased use of technological gadgets comes the overuse of battery chargers plugged into multiple electric circuits in the house. Along with our laptops and tablets, regular electrical items such as desk lights, TVs, and home appliances are also being used.
With all this electrical usage happening at home, seasonal electrical issues could arise if you’re not careful. At Hi-Lite Electric, all of our electricians are certified under the Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) Authorized Contractor Program (ACP). This means our expertise is to detect seasonal electrical issues and help solve them efficiently and safely. Let’s take a closer look at 5 common electrical issues you can prevent at home.
The majority of seasonal electrical issues are caused by ageing electrical outlets. The wiring behind light switches and electrical outlets gets older, and, over time, they loosen and can break out in a fire if they are overused.
In most instances, older electrical outlets can spark and cause a fire when you plug in worn-out appliances that are not energy efficient. The older the appliance, the more they pose a risk because they require a lot of power, and ageing electrical outlets are not strong enough to handle their demand for electricity, thus igniting a surge or fire.
To prevent electrical fires caused by old electrical outlets:
When laptops, TVs, home theatres, and other appliances are plugged into one extension cord, it overloads the single electrical socket, causing a serious risk of an electrical fire. Therefore, it is very important to reduce plugging in multiple items into one outlet.
Moreover, if the extension cords are old or kinked, the items that are plugged in will produce more heat and can melt the insulation of the cord, causing it to burst into flames. If you are plugging in multiple items into a few extension cords, here’s how you can prevent electrical fires:
Old appliances are often overlooked because you use them so much that they become part of your routine, and you forget to replace them after a few years. The more you use such appliances, the more susceptible they are too high flammability due to the ageing insulation in each item. Here’s how you can prevent electrical fires from common appliances:
Installing light bulbs in light fixtures such as table and desk lamps with the wrong wattage is a common cause of electrical fires. For instance, some desk lamps only take 60 watt light bulbs. By inserting 100-watt bulbs, you run the risk of electrical issues. If you use various light fixtures throughout your home, here’s what you can do to prevent seasonal electrical problems:
In the wintertime, if you use a portable heater in certain areas of the house, be conscious of where you place them. Here are some tips on how to use them safely:
If you would like a free quote on our upgraded services for electrical installation, our professional electricians at Hi-Lite Electric are here to assist you with preventing seasonal electrical issues in Toronto and the GTA region. Call us in Toronto at 416-800-5523, in York Region at 289-207-0324, and in Peel Region at 289-216-0548, or contact us here.
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