Overloading your home’s electrical system can cause a fire. If your lights start to flicker or dim; smell burning, see discolored switches or feel warm outlets, these could be signs of a serious wiring problem.

If you get a mild shock or tingle from an appliance or switch, it could be a sign of a device failing.

To prevent electrical issues, major appliances should be plugged directly into the wall to ensure they have a dedicated circuit and won’t overload your system. And when in doubt simply have a qualified electrician inspect your home to make sure your electrical system can handle your needs. Be smart and stay safe.