Estimates show that over 40,000 residential fires are caused by overloading electrical circuits every year in the United States. Causes include arc faults, short circuits, and overloading of electrical circuits.
What can Homeowners do to prevent Circuit Overload?
- If your fuse blows or circuit breaker trips frequently, State-Wide Electric should be called to have one of our electricians assess to determine what the problem is and fix it or recommend next steps.
- If the main electrical panel has circuit breakers, flip them off and back on once a year. This will assist in keeping them working.
- If extension cords or plug adaptors are being used to plug multiple appliances into the same outlet causing an overloaded circuit, one of our electricians can install more outlets on new or different circuits.
- Using power strips (or multiple outlet surge protectors) with their own circuit breaker protection is better than using extension cords to plug in multiple appliances or electronics. The circuit breaker protection assures that there aren’t too many appliances plugged in and drawing electricity at once.
- Never run appliance cords or extension cords under carpet. They are designed to be kept cool by movement of room air around the cord.
- If any outlet or switch wall plates feel hot to the touch, call State-Wide Electric to have one of our electricians determine the problem and fix it.
- Circuits can only handle a maximum total wattage of all electrical devices plugged into and running on each circuit at one time.