Preventing Home Electric Fires

Insufficient electrical capacity is mostly due to increasing the number of devices that consume electricity in your home like HVAC equipment, refrigerators, washers/dryers, stoves, dishwashers, computers, televisions, and other powerful electric motor driven tools and appliances.

As you add devices to your home, the power supply may become insufficient. If you have indicators, like fuses or circuit breakers working then not working, or lights coming on and going off, its time to really look at your circumstances before equipment failure, fire, or other issues come about. This post is brought to you by!

Limited service panel

When the overall requirement from total electrical devices is bigger than what the panel is able to give, the main service panel will probably fail, regularly. Excess usage requires that the panel rating is a smaller amount than needed or the panel could be lessening capacity due to not having any space left for additional fuses or circuit breakers.

Overloaded circuits

Another use for the circuit map is to decide if demand on the circuits are bigger than the amperage rating of the circuit operating it. It is critical to note peak demands of appliances that may draw more power on starting and create a power surge that trips the breaker.

Insufficient number of outlets

A general suggestion is to have at least one outlet for every 12 feet of wall, ground fault interrupted outlets in bathrooms and exterior walls, one outlet for each counter top in the kitchen, or as required by local codes.

The most apparent indicator that more outlets are needed is when you start to use multi-outlet extension cords on a regular or permanent basis. Most low-cost extension cords are not made to carry heavy amperage required of permanent wiring. Excess loads may cause your whole property to blackout, overheating, or a fire.

Utility programs provide a selection of measures that can diminish energy consumption and consumer utility expenses.