Residential Tips

Electrical Tips for the Home

How to Deal With Sparking Plugs

Arcing or sparking plugs can be a sign of something more dangerous, according to

In some cases, the sparking could be caused by unplugging appliances before they are turned off. This is normal and can often be seen with vacuum cleaners or other motorized appliances. To prevent this, the solution is clear: always switch off an appliance before unplugging it.

If the appliance has been used correctly and there is still sparking occurring at the power point, call an electrician and have the plug replaced as soon as possible.

Although you can purchase new plugs at hardware stores.  While it seems likely an easy task, it’s illegal and could result in you losing your home insurance cover, thus proving to be a very expensive mistake.

Any errors you make while carrying out the electrical work also endanger you and anyone else in the home.

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