Household fires can be a sensitive topic of discussion for many people. If you have ever experienced a fire in your home then you know, first hand, the type of loss you have to endure.
With electrical faults accounting for the highest number of household fires, this fear can feel very close and very real.
Within minutes, a fire can engulf your most precious valuables and threaten your safety and life. It can destroy what has taken almost a lifetime to build.
According to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, rechargeable batteries and electrical appliances are the most common causes of these fires. That means, the more you upgrade your lifestyle, the bigger a risk you take with your safety and valuables.
Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of a household electrical fire significantly if you have an electrical system that is safe and functions well. In this post, I look at why it’s necessary to upgrade your electrical system and how you can go about it.
What risks are you tangling with?
There can be several reasons why your electrical system is malfunctioning. Some of these reasons and the risks you face, as a result, include:
This is a direct cause of fire hazards in homes. 40% of house fires are said to occur due to faulty wiring and electrical appliances. When the wiring in your home is exposed or is generating heat or sparks, the wiring and the material around it can catch fire.
Approximately 20 deaths are reported, every year, due to electrocution at home. This can be because of contact with old or faulty wiring. Your risk of electrocution can increase if you don’t upgrade your electrical system to keep pace with your modern lifestyle.
An old or faulty electrical system:
These systems may not have the capacity to support the modern devices or appliances you use at home. This can cause the lifespan of the devices or appliances in your home to deteriorate significantly
These risks will also cause the overall energy of your home to reduce significantly. This could put a strain on your electrical system, causing your utility bills to increase. Even before any serious risk, you will face plenty of financial loss if you don’t upgrade your electrical system.