Wednesday, January 13, 2016

4 Electrical Tips To Keep Your Old Home Safe

You may have moved into your older Philadelphia home because you loved its charm, the price couldn’t be beat or you inherited it from a family member. Whatever the case may be, older homes are often victims of electrical problems. However, they can be just as good as newer homes - or better- but they need a little extra love.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, there is an annual average of 24,200 home fires attributed to electrical distribution systems or lighting equipment. Each year, this causes 830 injuries, 320 deaths, and over $700 million in property damage.

In 1987, a study conducted by the U.S. CPSC, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, indicated that the frequency of fires in residential electrical systems was disproportionately high in homes that are more than 40 years old. There are several factors that come into play here. The disproportionally high incidence of fire in the electrical systems of older home can usually be attributed to one or more of the following…
• Inadequate and overburdened electrical systems. (like Knob & Tube or woven wire)
• Defeated or compromised over-current protection. (Such as old breaker panels -last 20 to 30 years)
• Worn-out wiring devices are not being replaced. (switches & outlets should be replaced every 10 to 20 years)
• Or poorly done electrical repairs by unqualified homeowners. (Like the “Honey Do” list that should be honey don’t)

With over 100 years of residential electrification in many cities and towns, the aging of the residential electrical infrastructure is beginning to raise concerns within the electrical and firefighting communities. To top it off, besides the natural effects that age can have on wire insulation and electrical equipment over time, residential electrical systems are seldom inspected after their original installation.

GEN3 Electric provides residential electrical safety inspections in Philadelphia & the surrounding areas.

Don’t wait until it’s too late, get an electrical safety inspection for your home today, to make sure your family stays safe. This has been a PSA sponsored by Gen3 Electric. Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 or visit us on the web at


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