Sullivan State Farm Agencies advise Florida property owners to review electrical systems
By: CONRIC pr + marketing
More than half of home electrical fires are related to wiring issues. Thirty-nine percent of home electrical fires involve outlets and receptacles, interior house wiring, and other electrical wiring. U.S. fire departments respond each year to an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
Is your home at risk? An electrical system will often display signs when there are potential problems. If you notice any of these warning signs, have an electrician inspect your electrical system for:
● frequent blown fuses or tripped breakers;
● an over-amped or over-fused electrical panel;
● dimming or flickering lights, indicating the circuit is overloaded or has a loose connection;
● hot or discolored switch plates, cords, or plugs;
● light bulbs that frequently burn out in a socket, signaling a fixture that can't handle the bulb wattage
● buzzing or sizzling sounds;
● a burning smell;
● arcs or sparks from an outlet when you plug or unplug a cord;
● loose outlets;
● cracked, cut, or broken insulation or
● electrical shock when you plug in or touch a cord.
"Electrical codes can vary depending on where you live, and there are common situations that warrant an inspection from a qualified professional,"
It is also good idea to have your home's electrical system inspected periodically, especially if:
● your home is more than 40 years old;
● you're relying on extension cords for power;
● you've made major home improvements or added new appliances that could strain your existing system;
● your home has ungrounded, two-prong outlets or
● your home has aluminum wiring instead of copper.
The Sullivan State Farm team is prepared to help you determine the best protection for your family depending on your unique circumstances. To make an appointment to discuss your insurance needs, call the Sullivan State Farm Agency at 239-541-3276 or visit the agents' websites: mikesullivan1.com or dawnsullivan.net.