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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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