Some Common Electrical Hazards and How to Fix Them

No one wants to think about the electrical hazards during holiday festivities and family gatherings. But it’s an important consideration when you pull out your Christmas decorations.

Electrical hazards are one of the leading causes of house fires in the U.S. Flickering lights and burning odor are warning signs that your residential and office spaces require professional upgrades.   

Here are the top 5 causes of electric shocks and fires during the holiday season.

Overloaded power outlets

Power outlets can accommodate a certain number of electrical devices. Overloading the outlets with heavy-duty devices can lead to overheating and can melt insulations. This can cause devastating fires.

Do not overload the outlets with adapters and high voltage devices and use an appropriate model for your circuit.

Damaged electrical equipment

Exposure to frayed wiring and run-down electrical equipment is a peril to everyone, especially our children. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to fix it yourself.

It is important to call certified electrical repair services to replace the damaged equipment and to repair any cuts or cracks in wires or cords.


Electrical equipment near water

Exposure to water sources increases the chance of electrocution. In case your plugs and wiring come in contact with water, do not unplug or touch the wires before cutting off the main power source.

Fix this issue by installing the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). Hire an electrician to install the GCFI in your main breaker panel.


Protected electrical outlets

Children love to snoop around. Unprotected electrical outlets that are within their reach are a threat to your child’s safety. Use protective plastic closures to cover all the outlets in the house.


Defective grounding

Even though it is common knowledge that every electrical device must be grounded for the fault current to flow to earth, it is a common issue found in commercial spaces. Ungrounded electrical systems potentially lead to severe injuries and burns by electric shock.

It is highly recommended to have a certified electrician to ensure proper grounding systems in your offices.


If you are seeking professional electrical services for offices and homes in Cypress, then RHK Electrical is the right fit for you. Our licensed electricians will provide your home with proper insulation, specialized equipment, and 24/7 lighting services in Cypress, TX.

So, to ensure the safety of your loved ones against electrical hazards this Christmas contact our team.

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