Modern homes come with modern conveniences. But not everyone lives in a modern home, and many homes may not have the convenience of multiple electrical outlets where you need them. These days, with so many devices that need charging, it can be tempting to overload your outlets. And you might not even realize you’re doing it. In this post, we’ll discuss why that’s not a good idea, and how a licensed electrician from The Bosworth Company can help fix the problem.
The big danger associated with overloading is the risk of starting a fire. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission reports more than 5,000 fires every year are started by overloaded electrical outlets. When too much energy is flowing through one outlet, it creates excess heat, which can be enough to spark a fire. To prevent this from happening, modern homes are equipped with circuit breakers that will blow a fuse if the temperature gets too hot.
A few quick tips on conserving energy and reducing the risk of overheating:
- Major appliances that use a lot of energy should have their own outlet – don’t use a power strip for refrigerators, electric ovens, dishwashers, or other large appliances.
- Be wary of running too much power from the same outlet at the same time (hint: your big screen TV uses A LOT of power!)
- Energy-efficient light bulbs such as LEDs or CFLs can go a long way in keeping energy costs down.
- Having plenty of outlets will always make your home safer!
Another inconvenient thing about a lack of outlets is it can lead to cords being draped all over your home. More cords can lead to more problems, so make sure that cords are not worn or frayed. If you see exposed wires, they should be replaced right away. While you’re at it, check out the covers on all your outlets. If they’re cracked or chipped, replacing them helps to prevent fire hazards and also keeps your kids safe!
WORTH THE CALL
The Bosworth Company specializes in plumbing, HVAC, and yes, we have licensed electricians too! We can outfit your home with safe and convenient new outlets that serve your family’s needs. Need an extra outlet in the garage, kitchen, bathroom, or living area? Or perhaps even outdoors? The Bosworth Company can do it all. Make an appointment online, or give us a call at 432-570-5233. The Bosworth Company is Worth the Call. Always.