Unlike hurricanes and floods that can often be predicted, house fires usually occur with little or no warning. With flames capable of racing through an average wood-framed home within minutes of ignition, residential fires all too often result in serious injuries or fatalities to the the occupants, along with severe damage or total loss to the structure. Because home fires can have many different causes, there is no way for homeowners to completely remove all risk of suffering this type of destruction, but there are a number of actions they can take to reduce the risk and enjoy a safer home environment for their families.
Decorating a new nursery is like working with a blank canvas. For parents to be, there is so much that comes with these nurseries, but before the crib is built and the walls are painted, it's a good idea to consider some of the electrical upgrades that you may want or need for the room. Hiring a licensed electrician to complete these upgrades early in the process can make it easier to plan decorations and other room additions.
If you've decided you can no longer bear to cook meals on an electric stove, or simply want to take advantage of low natural gas prices to heat your home during the winter months, you may be considering running a gas line to your home. While gas can be a great source of energy, older homes with outdated knob-and-tube wiring (or those lacking ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)) may pose a greater fire risk than those with updated electrical systems.
A ceiling fan is a great thing. In the summer, it provides a cool breeze to make you more comfortable. In the winter, it forces the warm down where it can be useful to you. Unfortunately, a broken ceiling fan is nothing more than a safety hazard. Repairing it will not only ensure that you are safe, it will also make your home more comfortable.
Check the Switch to Ensure the Connections Are Solid
If you have recently noticed that the main breaker in your breaker panel trips often, then this may be a sign that a replacement is needed. This is true if the breaker is hot to the touch and if you hear a sizzling or buzzing sound coming from the device. These are all signs that the circuit breaker has failed, and an electrician should complete a replacement as soon as possible.