Most homeowners don't think about their electrical wiring systems until something clearly goes wrong, such as severely flickering lights or noticeable hot spots in walls. However, electrical issues are one of the most common causes of household fires. Fortunately, you can lessen your chances of experiencing electrical fires by following a few simple maintenance procedures. Following are three strategies that you should have on your autumn checklist to keep you and your family as safe as possible from unexpected electrical fires.
If you've always dreamed of constructing your own outdoor residential oasis -- a koi pond, small waterfall or fountain, or even a larger pond -- you may be wondering whether the combination of electrified lights, pumps, and motors with constantly-flowing water may be a bad idea for the novice do-it-yourselfer to attempt to construct. However, there are several small projects that are relatively safe and easy for the average homeowner to tackle in a weekend, and they can provide outdoor relaxation for years to come.
When you are busy updating your place, it can be easy to get a little cavalier with electricity safety. Unfortunately, with over 360,000 residential building fires and 400 homeowner electrocutions each year, it is evident that there is room for improvement. Here are three bad habits that might make your electrician cringe, and how you can fend off trouble:
1: Using Extension Cords On A Permanent Basis
If you are like most homeowners, you might rummage through your garage whenever you come up short on wall outlets.