Did you know that outdated and improper wiring is a common cause of electrical fires in homes today? During a typical year in the United States home electrical problems account for 67,800 fires, 485 deaths, and $868,000,000 in property losses. Home electrical wiring causes twice as many fires as faulty electrical appliances. Most electrical fires result in problems with 'fixed wiring' such as faulty electrical outlets and outdated wiring that has been installed in older homes. In urban areas, faulty wiring accounts for 33% of residential electrical fires.
It is important to be educated on the dangers of improper, outdated and unsafe wiring. Doing so will help your home and family avoid becoming a statistic like the ones listed above. There are four main types of hazardous wiring that all homeowners should be aware of:
If you have any of these hazards in your home contact Seifert Electric, Inc. to come and evaluate the problems.
"Knob and tube is very old wiring, at least 65 years old, and in many cases has deteriorated, cracked, or is missing insulation, which can lead to fires." (The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) Below are nine important facts to know about knob and tube wiring. Being aware of the dangers of this type of wiring is the first step in making your home a safer place to live.
Cloth cable wiring is a common type of electrical wire consisting of at least two insulated conductors and is used in residential wiring. Today, other types of cable wiring are always treated to make it flame-resistant and moisture-repellent. If you have an older home, there may be an older version of this cable present, which is much more dangerous than the new types of cable wiring that are being used in homes today. The dangers of this type of wiring are listed below.
The problems that are associated with aluminum wiring are now well understood. Having aluminum wiring in your home, over time, creates an increased chance of of a high resistance connection or arcing somewhere within your home's electrical system. A knowledgeable electrician that has experience with working with aluminum wiring will be able to examine your home and check for potential safety issues if your home has aluminum wiring. Some things that you need to know about the dangers of aluminum wiring:
The ground wire of an electrical receptacle is important so that if any metal part of an appliance, tool, lamp, or the like becomes energized, the circuit breaker will trip and keep you from being electrocuted or shocked should you touch it. Often times, in older homes original wiring does not have ground wire connected to the outlets.Ungrounded outlets are distinguished by their two slot configuration verses the newer grounded type of outlet that has three slots. A surge protector plugged into an ungrounded outlet will not operate as the manufacturer intended. Here are some other important things that every homeowner should know about the dangers of ungrounded wiring: