Dos and Donts of Electrical Wiring
The most important thing to consider when it comes to electricity is safety. Don’t attempt to fix any issues yourself. Always hire a licensed professional when your home needs rewiring. In the spirit of safety first, we’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts for when you’ve got wiring on your mind.
1) Don’t assume that your house’s electrical wiring is up to current standards, especially if you’re moving, or have recently moved, into an older property.
Do check the fusebox for the date of the last inspection and if the house hasn’t been inspected in the last 10 years or so, you should probably hire someone to do a new full inspection.
2) Don’t shrug off blown fuses, sparking sockets or lights dimming randomly, especially if it’s happening on a regular basis.
Do kill the power to the area and hire a licensed electrician to inspect the wiring and fix anything that’s not up to par.
3) Don’t overload your appliance outlets. Never plug an extension cord into another for extra sockets. If the sockets are overloaded, it can cause a fire.
Do check that your extension cords are suitable for the appliances you plan on plugging into them, e.g thin extension cords are not designed to support a washing machine. Most extension cords will come with information telling you how much power they can support. Always check that your extension cords are still in good condition and aren’t showing frayed wires etc.
4) Don’t leave empty sockets uncovered if you have children or pets.
Do fit safety covers or tamper-proof plates to protect your family from danger.
5) Don’t put off dealing with outlets and switches that don’t work. There’s an issue that could cause a fire or electrocution.
Do kill the power to the area and hire a qualified electrician to sort the problem out.