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How Electrical Inspections Can Help Prevent Electrical Fires

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How Electrical Inspections Can Help Prevent Electrical Fires

A house fire is one of the most devastating things that anyone can go through, and according to the National Fire Protection Association, around 47,000 fires caused by an electrical problem were reported to fire departments in the United States in 2011. These fires lead to serious injuries, thousands of dollars in property damage, and even tragic fatalities, and most of the time, they can be prevented with our Electrical Inspections.

Keeping you home’s electrical system as safe as possible should be one of your biggest priorities. At ESA Electric, Inc., our Los Angeles electricians can provide you with electrical safety inspections that can prevent electrical fires and keep your home as safe as possible at all times.

Some common electrical problems that can cause fires include problems with:

  • Wiring and related equipment
  • Lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs
  • Cords and plugs
  • Transformers and power supplies

We recommend that you electrical safety insepctions performed regularly, and you should also have an inspection performed if/when you notice these signs:

Old or Outdated Wiring

Electrical wiring systems can typically last for 30-40 years. Unfortunately, around one third of the homes in the US have electrical wiring that is more than 50 years old. If your Los Angeles home’s wiring is outdated, there are a few things that you’ll probably start to notice, including:

  • Fuses that frequently blow
  • Circuit breaker trip repeatedly
  • You use extension cords and surge protectors in several outlets

Extension cords, surge protectors, and switching circuits back on should all be temporary solutions to problems. If they become normal parts of your home life, you should have your electrical system inspected to ensure that it’s safe. Our electricians will help you determine whether your wiring needs to be replaced.

Aluminum Wiring

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum wiring was very common. After that, it was replaced by copper wiring because of the fact that aluminum wiring oxidizes very quickly, which can lead to corrosion. Aluminum is adequate as a wiring material, but only for a short time, after which it can become a fire hazard in your Los Angeles home.

It’s possible that your entire home may need new wiring, but most of the time, you’ll only need to have it partially re-wired. During an electrical safety inspection, our professionals will be able to let you know whether the aluminum wiring in your home is safe for use.

Arc Faults

Arc faults occur when an electrical current veers away from its intended path, and they are a leading cause of electrical fires.

Arc faults may occur when a tree falls on a power line, or they could occur because you damaged the wiring in your walls by moving furniture. Any number of things can cause arc faults, so it’s very important to ensure that you are protected from them.

Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) will detect any arc faults in your Los Angeles home’s electrical system. Especially in older homes, these devices can easily prevent major disasters.

If you’re looking to have an Electrical Inspection in Los Angeles, call ESA Electric, Inc. at 805-304-0510, or fill out our online request form.

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