Minimizing the Risk of Electrical Fires

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: EnergyImproveTips

Homeowners should be aware of things they can do to minimize, if not prevent, home fires. Here are a few items to consider:

Loose outlets

Check for any loose plugs or outlets. Older or frequently used outlets can lose their grip over time. A loose outlet will barely hold the plug in place, and a loose connection can cause arcing, which can lead to a fire.

Excessive use of power strips, extension cords, splitters

Extension cords are designed for temporary use; they usually have a smaller gauge wire and are not rated for long-term use. An extension cord increases the amount of connection points: one being at the cord-to-outlet end and the second being the cord-to-equipment end. Increasing the connection points will increase the risk for failure or fire if they are used as a long-term electrical solution in your home.

Never connect or use power strips in conjuction with another power strip for additional outlet space. This places an excessive load on the one outlet that is expected to power both strips. Although most power strips claim to be surge protectors, they are not fail proof. The same concept applies to splitter/outlet adapters, but the risk is greater because there is no mechanism that allows the outlet to trip from an electrical surge or malfunction.

GFCI-protected outlets

A GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter-protected outlet, is an electrical device that is placed on certain outlets considered to be in hazardous areas such as near a water source (kitchen sink, bathroom) or outdoors. The device disconnects a circuit whenever there is an electrical imbalance or surge. This stops the flow of electricity to the outlet and whatever it is powering until it is reset.

Frequently tripping circuit breakers

If you find yourself constantly needing to reset a circuit breaker when you use certain appliances or equipment in the house simultaneously, you have an overload.

The age of your home

For most homes that are 30 to 40 years old or older, we recommend an upgrade and rewire. Constantly tripping breakers could be a sign of inadequate power supply to your home. An upgrade will increase your incoming power, allowing you to have adequate power for all your needs.

New wire with a ground wire will be run throughout the house, replacing the old deteriorating wire. The ground wire will redirect the short circuit or current to go directly into the ground.

All G Electric can help assess your need for an electrical rewire and potential electrical hazards. With a proven track record of quality workmanship and extensive electrical knowledge, you feel confident knowing you have chosen the right company for your job. The company now offers the expertise of a roofing specialist, Murakami’s Roofing, to give you a more complete solution for your photovoltaic needs. Call today for a free photo-voltaic estimate.

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