Andy's Electric - How to Identify Unsafe Wiring


Electrical Fires Kill Hundreds Every Year

According to the U.S. Fire Administration*, home electrical problems accounted for an estimated 67,800 fires and $868 million in property losses in 2003. Electrical fires also cause an estimated 485 deaths annually and injure almost 2,300 more individuals.


In 1992, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) contracted with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to provide research and evaluation of products and technology that could reduce the likelihood of residential fires. A result of the research, UL identified an electrical hazard called “arcing faults” that could eventually lead to the ignition of a fire as one possible cause of residential fires.

Typical causes of arc faults

Example conditions where arc faults may start include:

- Damaged Wires
- Worn electrical insulation
- Wires or cords in contact with vibrating metal
- Overheated or stressed electrical cords and wires
- Misapplied or damaged electrical appliances

Furniture pushed against or resting on electrical cords can damage the wire insulation. Damaged cords can become a potential condition for arcing. Extension or appliance cords that are damaged or have worn or cracked insulation can contribute to electrical arcing. Cord insulation can be deteriorated by heat generated by hot air ducts or sunlight. Cables that are improperly nailed or stapled too tightly against a wall stud can sever insulation and cause arcing.
Wires located behind walls can be accidentally punctured by a screw or drill bit damaging the insulation of the wiring. Nails carelessly driven into walls can break wire insulation and cause arcing


Cords caught in door jams can deteriorate the cable insulation through the action of opening and closing, allowing arcing to occur


If you suspect unsafe wiring in your home, pick up your phone and  Call 845-416-6936 for Andy's Electric Home Electric Safety Inspection to ensure that you are safe.

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