Downton Abbey fans may remember a scene in season one where the Dowager Countess expressed her fear of this new-fangled electricity by saying, “I couldn’t have electricity in the house. I wouldn’t sleep a wink with all those vapors seeping about.” While her level of concern was unfounded, it is important to be sure your home’s electricity is safe. 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are nearly 25,000 electrical fires each year in homes throughout the country. Many of those could have been easily prevented.  So, would your home pass an electrical safety inspection? Here are some things Miami electricians would look for during such a review.

Faulty Wires

Faulty wires are a cause of many electrical fires. While problem wires can often go undetected, there are signs that you should not ignore such as a burning smell, dimming or flickering lights, discolored outlets, shocks from switches, or sparks from outlets. Faulty wires are typically an easy fix, but can cause big problems if left unchecked.

Faulty Circuit Breakers

Your Miami electrical panel is another point of inspection. A circuit breaker is one of the lines of defense against electrical fires, so your home is more susceptible to such a fire if the circuit breaker isn’t functioning properly. Signs of a bad circuit breaker include tripping when it’s not overloaded or a breaker that immediately trips again once reset. 

Outlet Placement

Many homeowners aren’t aware that there are regulations governing the placement of outlets and switches in a home. In some locations, older homes may be grandfathered in, but any new electrical work must meet current standards. For example, if you renovate an older kitchen, you will likely be required to install more outlets that what the number previously there. 

Overloaded Circuits

Too big of a load on a circuit is another thing that can cause problems—and cause your home to fail an electrical safety inspection. Signs of overloaded circuits include dimming or flickering lights, shock or tingle when touching appliances or switches, buzzing sound coming from outlets, or wall plates that are discolored or warm to the touch. 

If you suspect that you might need Miami electrical repairs, or you’d just like to have an inspection for your peace of mind, call the professionals at Miami Electric Masters. Our expert Miami electricians can make any needed repairs or updates and help ensure that there are no “vapors seeping about.” Give us a call, or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.