Every home, business and industry relies on electrical appliances on a day to day basis. And we rarely consider that the appliance could have a fault, which could be potentially fatal. From electrocution to electrical fires, the risks from electrical appliances are very real. Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. And we provide a range of high quality electrical services to businesses and companies across the North West region. As a result, we have produced this guide to electrical appliance danger signs.
Electrical appliance danger signs
So, what are the danger signs you should look out for with any electrical appliance? Well, there are several, including:
- Exposed wires- as your electrical equipment is used regularly, it will develop some signs of wear and tear. Exposed wiring is one sign of wear and tear, but it should not be overlooked. Over time, the outer cord or protective layer of the cable on the electrical appliance can wear through, exposing the wires underneath. These can be extremely dangerous, leading to electric shocks and potential electrical fires. So, if any of your appliances have exposed wires, you need to unplug them as soon as possible.
- Discoloured sockets- If you notice that your sockets are discoloured, almost burnt, you need to unplug your appliance. It is likely that either something inside the appliance is overheating, passing the heat down the cable and into the socket, or there is spiking current. Either way, you could be a at risk.
- Appliance overheating- an electrical appliance can overheat as part of continued use. But if your appliance becomes very hot, in a short space of time, this is the type of overheating you should be concerned about. This indicates an interanl fault, and the heat can cause components to catch fire.
For more information, or to book a PAT test for your residential or commercial property, get in touch with the experts today, here at Walker Electrical.