Blogs from June, 2022

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Why Your Outlets Spark

Do you ever plug something in and get a shock? Or see sparks fly out of the outlet? You're not alone! This happens to many people, and it's usually nothing to worry about.

In this blog post, we will discuss why your outlet may be sparking. We will also talk about ways to avoid getting shocked and what to do if you experience an electrical issue.

Why Outlets May Spark

You may sometimes see sparks when you plug a device into an outlet. This is usually not cause for alarm, as it is typically harmless. However, if the sparks are accompanied by smoke or a burning smell, you should unplug the device and call an electrician.

There are several reasons why your outlet might spark when you plug something in:

  • Old age
  • Damaged plug
  • Loose wiring connections
  • Worn out outlets
  • Overloaded circuits
  • Dirty or dusty contacts

Plugging in devices that require a lot of power can also cause the outlet to spark. If this happens, it is essential to unplug the device and contact an electrician. Overloaded circuits are a fire hazard and can damage your home or injure you.

How to Avoid Getting Shocked

If you're concerned about getting shocked, there are a few things you can do to avoid it:

  • Use a surge protector.
  • Unplug devices when not in use.
  • Do not touch an electrical device with wet hands.
  • Do not use appliances in damp areas.
  • Update outlets that are causing problems.

What to Do If You Experience an Electrical Issue

If your outlet is sparking or you experience any other electrical issue, it's vital to take action immediately. Unplug all devices from the outlet and call an electrician. Do not attempt to fix the problem yourself, as this could be dangerous.

An electrician will be able to diagnose the problem and make any necessary repairs. They will also be able to advise you on preventing future issues.

Here When You Need Us

If you're ever worried about something electrical in your home, please don't hesitate to call the Sylvester Electric, Inc. team today at (978) 910-0021. We're happy to help with anything and everything electrical to keep your home safe and functional.