How to Prevent Electric House Fires

Lora Davis
 


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You may or may not have heard about an electric box otherwise known as a panel box; this basically refers to the spot from where electricity from the grid is connected to your house. From here, the breaker box will divide the source of power to the different areas of your home. While this is supposed to be a very basic fact, there are people who don’t know where the breaker is so they can turn it on or off as need may arise. The most unfortunate thing is that most homeowners actually know the importance consulting an electrician Pasadena to as for an electric upgrade that is usually necessitated by the age of their home wiring system; ant electric panel that is aged is actually a fire hazard they keep on the wall of their homes.

If you live in a home that was built more than 15 years ago, a Los Angeles electrician should be called to check whether your electric panel is due for an upgrade. There are many insurance companies these days that will not provide homeowners insurance in homes where they know that the electrical panel is old until the homeowner gets an electrician West Covina to do an electrical panel upgrade. Keeping an aged electric panel can be compared to keeping a can of gasoline behind the wall of your house and hoping against hope that a fire will not break out. While your insurer may not necessarily send their inspector try to dig into the walls to check whether there any worn out electrical wires; they will only need to check your outlets and when they see the old 2 pronged instead of the 3 pronged outlet, they will have no doubt that there could also be leaks and termites behind those walls.

Today, building regulations require that the electrical panel is attached outside the house such that in case there is a fire outbreak, the firemen are able to switch off power from the house. Since this regulation has been going on for the last 15 or so years, most of the newer houses have their electric boxes outside the house. When you look at many homes, there are those that are actually older than 40 years; this means that majority of homeowners need to have a date with their electrician Long Beach to schedule electrical upgrades so they can be compatible with the electrical load that is required to run most of the amenities we have at home today.

When it comes to service upgrades, whether your electric panel is inside or outside the house, what you must realize is that most of the wiring for the older houses was intended for a lower electric load. Any electrician Long Beach who did installation in homes some 20 years ago only had to wire homes to take care of the TV, Fridge, water heater, washer and dryer and perhaps the HVAC. Today we have many more appliances that consume much more electricity and for your own safety you must ask your Santa Monica electrician about the importance up upgrades.

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