Our dependence on electricity is increasing every day, and we are expecting more out of our home electrical systems. Unfortunately, the increased demand for energy resulting from the introduction of modern appliances and electrical devices can overburden an older home’s electrical system, resulting in fires or electrocutions.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average home in the U.S. is more than 37 years old. Many older homes were built with electrical systems and components which are no longer safe and may be considered as fire hazards. Fire and other electrical safety concerns may also arise due to aging, improper installation and alteration, or misuse. It is important to identify what type of wiring system is present in your home in order to properly identify and address potentially hazardous situations before they become critical.
By educating yourself on the dangers commonly found in older homes you can take an active roll in protecting yourself. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has put together a booklet that provides a simple and easy checklist (PDF) to help you identify electrical hazards in your home. It also introduces new, safer technologies that can protect your family from injury and your home from fire.
Electrical safety must also be a priority for those considering the installation of emerging technologies such as solar or wind power applications, or electric vehicle charging equipment.
For more electrical safety tips and information, visit ESFI’s website.