Is It Time To Rewire Your Home?

Is It Time To Rewire Your Home? http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/residence/safety-1/is-it-time-to-rewire-your-home/ bb3 Oct 17, 2011

By Staff Writer State Farm™ Employee

The numbers from the U.S. Fire Administration are staggering: 

  • A home-structure fire is reported every 87 seconds.
  • Home electrical problems cause almost 29,000 fires every year.
  • $1.1 billion in property damage is caused by home-electrical fires annually. 

And over half of these home-electrical firesó53 percentóare related to problems with electrical wiring.

Take steps to prevent your home from becoming a statistic. The electrical system in your home may need to be repaired or updated. A complete rewire with a new electrical panel can be a big expense, but that pales in comparison to the importance of keeping your home and family safe. 

An electrical system will often give out signals when there are potential problems. If you notice any of these warning signs, have an electrician inspect your electrical system: 

  • 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 canít 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
  • Electrical shock when you plug in or touch a cord.
The Guide to Home Wiring Hazards from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission highlights more warning signs of faulty wiring.

Even if you donít notice any warning signs of faulty wiring, itís a good idea to have your homeís electrical system inspected periodically. Electrical codes vary depending on where you live, but there are common situations that warrant an inspection from a qualified professional. 

  • If your home is older than 40 years
  • If youíre relying on extension cords for power
  • If youíve made major home improvements or added major new appliances that could strain your existing system 
  • If your home has ungrounded, two-prong outlets 
  • If your home has aluminum instead of copper wiring
Protect against an electrical fire by keeping an eye out for signs of hazardous wiring and having your electrical system inspected by an expert. 

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