How to Protect Old Wires

Did you know that DIY (do-it-yourself) shortcuts lead to more than 32,000 electrical fires each year? Sometimes, working on a project yourself can help save a few bucks, but when it comes to old wiring it’s best to call in the professionals.

Have old wiring in your Twin Cities home? Here are a few preventative maintenance steps you can take to help protect your home and your family:

  1. Don’t overload a single circuit. Plugging in more than one heat-producing appliance can cause major problems.

  2. Have a socket rated for 40 or 60 watts? Putting in a 100-watt bulb can damage the wires and make them dangerously brittle.

  3. Don’t take shortcuts. Spend some extra time to make sure you’re not pinching wires when screwing something into the wall.

  4. Are the wires on your appliances worn or damaged? Don’t take the risk, replace them immediately.

  5. Stop running cords underneath rugs. Oftentimes rugs are flammable and frayed wiring can cause it to catch.

For quality electrical solutions and on-time service across Twin Cities – St. Paul, rely on the professionals at Uptown. Give us a call today at (612) 324-1004 to make an appointment.

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