Faulty electrical system is one of the leading causes of fires in homes. It accounts for loss of many lives and damages to the property every year. There are many rules to ensure electrical safety in your manufactured home. Following them strictly is essential to avoiding the fires due to electrical systems and thereby saving lives and property. Described below are some tips to ensure electrical safety in your manufactured home.
Preventing Electrical Issues
Improper installation of electrical devices is the leading cause for fires in homes. This arises from many common errors attributed to the usage of devices that are improperly rated like switchers and receptacles. It can lead to overheating that comes with risks of home fires. Using proper rated devices for usage is the best solution for this curbing this issue.
The usage of the wrong fuses for various appliances is yet another cause. This can cause buildup of the current in circuits and such practices will make the fuse to work improperly, thereby increasing the risk of a fire. Fuses should be proper for the designated circuits and always make sure that the wires linking the contacts are thin. It helps to break the circuit in case of dangerous surge and overloads within the circuits.
Safe Usage of Electrical Devices
The practice of using electrical devices safely is an excellent way to reduce the risk of electrical fires in manufactured homes. Avoid the presence of combustible materials like curtains and cloths near light bulbs, as they tend to get very hot during usage. In addition, always ensure that the lampshades are places properly in table lamps so that there is no contact with flammable surfaces.
Extension cords are another causes of fires and must be used corresponding with the appropriate wattage requirements of the connected device. Avoid long-term usage and always ensure that the cords remain freely laid out away from curtains and furniture. They can get warmer over usage thereby increasing the chances for initiating a fire.
Looking out for Warning Signs
A faulty electrical system creates many recurring issues that are warning signs for major problems in the system. Flickering lights is one such sign to look out for in your home. The other major warning sign of faulty electrical system is frequently blown fuses and broken circuits.
When coming across any such signs in your home, seek the assistance of a qualified electrician to diagnose the problem and prevent any future risk of electrical fires in your home.