Fact of the day: as your home ages, your electrical system does too. As a property owner or tenant, it’s very important to keep an eye on your electrical system – getting it checked at least once a year can help you avoid major hazards such as short circuits and fires.
Here are some actions you can take to keep your electrical circuits in check.
Buy quality electrical items
Cheap light bulbs, switches, wires, and extension cords might seem like a good deal at first, but they’re also the main culprits of electrical failures. So before you cave and get three bulbs for the price of one, think about the quality of the item you’re buying. Safety is priceless, after all.
Check the voltage
Before plugging in any appliance, make sure you check its voltage. The UAE standard is 220V with a frequency of 50 Hz – so any device of lower or higher voltage will require an adapter to avoid short circuits or burning.
You’ll usually see this information engraved on the appliance in small letters or in the instruction manual.
Get your breakers checked
Breakers protect your system from burning in case of an electrical overload, which is why it’s essential to get them checked. You’ll need the help of a maintenance expert for this one – they will unplug all devices, inspect the fuse box, and spot any underlying issues in your system.
When should you call a specialist?
Sometimes you just can’t avoid a maintenance mishap. If you see any of the following signs, it’s time to Breathe and call our expert electricians.
Burning smells coming from power outlets
Abnormal sounds in light fittings
Sparks or sounds when plugging in an appliance
Damaged or burnt power sockets
Loose electrical connections
Corroded wires or cables
When it comes to electrical systems, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We’d be happy to answer any questions or support you with our services. For more info or to book an appointment, get in touch with us today.