Electricity is an important aspect of daily life. Without it, we can’t fulfill many of our daily activities. The whole of society runs on electricity. Each building’s electrical circuit has a specific load limit, and once the total load exceeds, the wires will not handle it.
Electrical overloading is one of the most common igniters of ravaging fires. But there are many ways to prevent electrical overloads, once you understand how electric circuits work and identify which outlets are on which circuit.
Understanding Circuit Overloads
If you plug in all of your appliances and turn all of your lights on simultaneously, do you notice that one or two of them do not perform well or just go out randomly? If this happens, there’s a big chance that you have an overloaded circuit. It means that if all your appliances, lights and other devices connected to one circuit run at once, the overall load exceeds the capacity of the electrical wiring.
If your home has a properly installed electrical system, an overload will not necessarily burn your house down. Your builder should have installed an over-current protective device, such as a circuit breaker, at the main panel so that your panel will automatically shut off the power once it detects an overload long before damage occurs.
Experts suggest that homeowners find out for themselves the total amperage or load limit of each wire or circuit. Tasco-usa.com explains that a branch circuit tracer is the device used to identify this information. But if you don’t have the tool and skills to do it yourself, especially if your branch circuits are enclosed in a conduit, it’s best to consult your contractor or a reliable electrician in your area.
Preventing Circuit Overloads
An overload per se will not cause fire, all thanks to your circuit breaker, but if the device fails, for some unpredicted reason, and if your wires heat up, it will definitely start an electrical fire. There are many situations in your home that can make this fire spread quickly, such as moisture, flammable building materials, fabric, furniture, and so on.
It is important to regularly check your wires and make sure they are away from these fire hazards. To prevent overloading, find out the voltage requirement of each of your appliances and gadgets and don’t plug them to one circuit all at once.
Also, avoid plugging more than two devices into an extension cord. Bear in mind that you should never use your extension cord as a permanent outlet, especially for appliances. During the holidays, when you plan to decorate your yard or living room with lights and electric-powered décor, make sure that your circuit can handle the amperage.
It’s always good to know how certain systems work within your home. Your electrical system serves as your home’s nervous system, and your circuit can detect every single thing that happens in each of its branches and wires.