The modern world largely depends on electricity for its operation, and most homes can’t properly function without it. Unfortunately, when electricity is handled in the wrong way, it poses potential safety hazards in a residence. Electrical fires can be very dangerous, and they constitute a large percentage of home fires. The results can be property damage, injuries and even fatalities. Fortunately, you can prevent electrical accidents by learning about some common residential electrical hazards. Here are some you might encounter and what you can do to correct the problems.

Overloaded Outlets

Many people don’t realize they are making a severe mistake by plugging in multiple appliances or gadgets to a single outlet. Each electrical outlet has a maximum number of amperes it can deal with simultaneously. When you stack several plugs to the same outlet, you increase the chances of short circuits and electrical fires. You can fix this issue by reducing the number of plugs per socket. Limit the number of power bars per outlet, and avoid using them all in one room.

Outdated or Poor Wiring

Faulty wiring is a common electrical hazard in homes. Outdated or old wiring is sometimes unable to withstand the electrical demands necessary to power modern gadgets or home appliances. If your home’s wiring system is more than three decades old, it could be hazardously outdated. You can prevent electrical fires by replacing old and faulty wiring. Signs of faulty wiring include flickering or dim lights, warm outlets, and tripping circuit breakers. You can significantly minimize fire risk by hiring a certified electrician to inspect, repair and replace poor and outdated wiring. If you’re in South Central Texas, GVEC can assist you with this.


Water and electricity are both common in the home, often within close proximity, but they shouldn’t come into contact. Wherever you have such areas in your residence, ensure that they’re equipped with ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. These GFCI outlets are required in bathrooms and laundry rooms, for example. They’re designed to shut off electricity in the event of a ground-fault. This is a vital safety feature. It’s also wise to keep electrical devices away from pools, sinks, showers and bathtubs.

Depend on the Electrical Experts at GVEC

Being armed with knowledge of home electrical hazards can help prevent fires and shocks. For a thorough inspection and professional recommendations, GVEC Electrician services is here to help. Our experienced, fully licensed electricians work throughout Gonzales, Schertz, Seguin, La Vernia, Cuero, and other areas in and around the Guadalupe Valley. They can handle all your electrical system needs, including wiring, electrical panel repair and upgrade, whole-home surge protection, solar panel installation, and much more. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 888.590.7773.

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