…And Why It’s Important
Do you know when your electrical system was last inspected for safety? Was it when you bought your home? Many times, this is the case – major systems are checked for safety when the home changes hands, but otherwise are only looked at when the homeowner notices a problem. Unfortunately, this is not the best path to take when it comes to electrical safety in your home.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical fires account for $1 billion in property loss, 1,000 injuries, and 280 deaths in a year; these fires are caused by a mixture of system failures and avoidable misuse of electrical equipment.
When homes are inspected prior to sale, the home inspector reviews the overall safety of the home according to current codes. The two potential problems here are:
- Most home inspectors are not experts in each individual system, so they may not recognize all of the warning signs that a specialist looks for.
- Codes change frequently as new technology becomes available and data is compiled about potential risks and hazards.
Oliver’s trained electricians perform an electrical safety inspection that focuses on the safety and stability of your electrical system and identifies the most common warning signs of electrical fire hazards. We also look for ways that you can save money on your utility bills by eliminating so-called “vampire loads” and utilizing dimmers, timers, and energy efficient bulbs. Once the inspection is complete, the electrician gives a full report to the homeowner. If there are any suggestions for improvement, the electrician will prioritize them in terms of potential impact and any other factors that are unique to your situation.
To find out more about our electrical safety inspections, or to schedule an appointment, click here.