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Avoid Overloaded Circuits


A circuit happens when too much electricity demand is placed on an electrical circuit. Besides causing annoyances like dimming lights or tripping breakers, overloads can be hazardous. Overloaded circuits can heat up wires and cause house fires.

Even though breakers may help avert disaster, a better solution is to avoid overloading your circuits in the first place. Here are some tips to avoid a circuit overload:
  • Label circuit breakers to easily identify the different circuits in your home.
  • Contact a qualified electrician to inspect your home if it’s older than 40 years or has had a major appliance installed.
  • Have a qualified electrician install new circuits for high energy use devices and anywhere you need additional outlets. e Move plug-in appliances to a circuit that is less used.
  • Remember not to turn on too many things at once. For example, turn off the TV and sound system while you vacuum (you can’t hear them anyway).
  • Purchase energy-efficient appliances and lighting to reduce your electrical load.

Posted: 5/12/2023 10:08:07 AM
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