The most lethal of the possible outcomes resulting from poor electrical care and maintenance are electric shocks and fires. Understanding why these are triggered, and what you can do to safeguard your home, is one of the best ways to avoid facing these potentially fatal issues. Here at K and M Maintenance, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. We work across the North West Region to install, solve, and repair domestic electrical issues. As a result, we have produced this guide to domestic electric shocks and fire risks.

The fuse board

One of the most common culprits for electric shock risks is the fuse board. An old or out of date fuse board may not be up to code, and will definitely need to be tested by an electrician to make sure it is in full working order. If no faults are found, you can rest assured that your fuse board is safe to continue to use, although you should be aware that it may not be fitted with up to date circuit breakers and technology.

However, if the testing reveals a fault in your fuse board, it may be better to upgrade. In the long run this will be the safer option for you and your household, but dont be pressured into making a decision until you have heard all of the options.

Electrical Appliances

While old circuits or faulty wiring can leave you with electric shock risks, the source of most electric dangers is actually electrical appliances. Misusing an electrical appliance is common, and this leads to several dangerous behaviours.

Plugging too many appliances into your extension lead can easily overload your socket, and as a result, an electric fire can easily start. Alternatively, a misplaced tea towel in the kitchen can easily cover a vent, which will lead to the appliance overheating and catching fire.

Poor maintenance

All over the home, there may be signs of poor electrical maintenance. This is potentially dangerous, as equipment and circuitry that is not cared for, will become dangerous. Exposed wiring, damaged rubber, or other signs of wear and tear should indicate that some electrical maintenance is necessary.

For more information and advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at K and M Maintenance.