Because we all rely on electricity in our home, there are some things that we learn to live with, however, what is important is that we know when something electrical poses a risk to us in our home.  Some problems can be very serious and it is essential that we recognise the things to look out for to prevent potentially dangerous issues, like electric shock and an electrical fire.

If any of these things are happening in your home, you should get a professional like this electrician Cheltenham based company to come and take a look as soon as possible…

Sockets that make a buzzing sound, or look burnt or charred – If you touch a socket and it is hot, this is definitely a warning sign – a socket, plug or a switch should not be hot, and if this is the case you need to turn it off immediately, unplug the device that is plugged in and make sure that you get it inspected properly by a qualified electrician. It can be caused by wiring inside the socket that is faulty, or the switch itself that is faulty.

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A burning smell – Some new appliances can give off a slight smell when you plug it in, however, this should be short lived. If this is ongoing, or the smell is coming from the socket itself, again this could mean that there is an issue with the electrical socket or the device.

Exposed wiring and damaged cables – If you see wiring that is exposed or looks like it has been damaged, you should not use it. Wherever the cable is, you should not use anything that has exposed wires and this is a major risk factor for both electrocution and house fire as there is nothing that is protecting or insulating the cable.

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Lights that flicker or dim themselves – If you have lights that keep flickering or dim themselves regularly, this could mean that the wiring is not right or that the circuit is overloaded. It could also be the light fitting itself that is causing a problem, so you need to get it checked out. If the light still does it when you change the light fitting, it is likely to be the wiring or the circuit.

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