According to the US Fire Administration, home electrical problems cause more than 26,000 fires a year, half of which involve electrical wiring. 

Call an electrician if you have any of the following:

 Problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.

  • Discolored, cracked, or warm wall outlets or switches (if you see sparks, make the call as soon as possible).
  • A burning smell or rubbery odor from an appliance.
  • Flickering lights. 

Take these precautions: 

  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
  • Replace old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • If buying a used appliance, ask if it has been tested for safety.
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