Fuse Boxes - Are They Safe?

Reblogger Roy Kelley
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Fuse box safety

Professional home inspector and ActiveRain blogger Michael Thornton provides a steady stream of advice to home owners.

If you own an older home that still has fuse boxes, you should carefully read this post.

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Original content by Michael Thornton

Fuse Boxes - Are They Safe?            
     Many older properties still have fuse boxes. While, these antiquated devices are Fuse Boxokay, fuse panels, unless altered can be deemed safe. I consult my clients to consider replacing these with modern devices. Here's why:
     Older style fuse boxes serve the same purpose as circuit breaker boxes in that the fuse controls the amount of electrical current from appliances within a home.
However; fuse boxes are outdated by modern standards. The advantage to having circuit breakers in a home is that instead of replacing a fuse each time it is used, circuit breakers can be easily reset. In the event of an overloaded circuit, fuses have been proven to be more reliable and will "blow".  Replacing blown fuses can be frustrating, expensive and time consuming. Because it is easy to over-fuse circuits, may insurance companies will not insure fuse panels unless the S-type retro devices are installed. Even with these devices, some insurance carriers charge more to insure fuse panels.
     According to studies, faulty electrical wiring causes approximately forty thousand house fires annually. Like circuit breakers, fuses are used to prevent over heated wiring and fires by interrupting electrical currents in overloaded circuits. When a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips, it is important to locate the source of the problem.
     For instance, if you have lights that seem to stop working frequently, you may have too many items connected to a single power source. Sometimes an appliance may have a short circuit; it could even mean a short circuit in the home’s internal wiring. In either case, it is best to have a professional in the appropriate trade evaluate the fuse box and wiring.
     As you would in a circuit breaker panel, label each fuse in the box. Labeling each fuse can make it easier to identify the suspect circuit. As a safety reminder, when replacing a fuse, turn everything off in the circuit to prevent electrocution.


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Vince Chinell
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Roy,  Thank you for re blogging Michael Thornton's blog.  Good information for people who deal with older houses.  Thanks for your flower pics.  I really enjoy seeing them.

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Good Evening Roy, thank you for re-blogging as I missed his post. Fuse boxes are common in the older homes, I agree with his deduction that if unaltered can be just fine as long as there is not too much plugged into them in simple terms. have a great Friday

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Roy - This is a great choice to re-blog, Michael did a fabulous job with this post.

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Good Saturday morning.  Thanks for stopping by.  I am sure that Michael will also appreciate your re-blogs.

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