If there is a fishy smell in the house nine times out 10, it could be a sign of overheating electrical components (circuit breaker, outlets, wiring etc.). ).
Most wires, circuit breaksers, etc., are made with heat-resistant chemicals. Many wires, circuit breakers and outlets are made of heat resistant chemicals. But if those wires/outlets/breakers overheat, the chemicals they’re made of release a weird odor that smells exactly like… fish.
An electrician can quickly locate and fix the overheating part. They can also inspect for potential overheating issues.
The likelihood of a fire is greater if wires/devices remain overheated for a longer time, especially if it is close to flammable materials such as wallpaper, paint, or cellulose insulation.
Most homeowners mistakenly think that the smell is caused by sewer gas, mold, or dead animals in their basements, walls, or attic. This means that homeowners waste valuable time and money trying to fix a problem that they don’t actually have.
For your family, electrical safety inspections are essential
Annual electrical safety inspections can be a great defense against electrical overheating in your home.
A trip to an electrical panel can be caused by a trip to the tripped fuse. It happens every now and again, it’s normal.
It’s unusual for breakers to trip on a regular basis. A few factors could cause this:
They protect you from an electrical fire by tripping when they trip. But if a breaker trips too often, it will eventually stop tripping. If that happens, your circuit may overheat and cause a fire.
If you discover that one or several breakers keep tripping, don’t hesitate to call us for an inspection.
Do you have a problem with one of the outlets? Have you noticed a distinctive discoloration of the switch?
The presence of discoloration, or charring, indicates that there has been an electrical spark which has damaged the switch or outlet. This is a red flag.
Tip: Touching the plates that cover outlets and switches can help you determine if they are functioning properly. If your wires and connectors are too hot to touch, it could also be an indication that they have overheated.
Broken wiring is one of many obvious hazards to an electrical fire alarm. A professional should fix it.
As bad as old wiring is damaged wiring. Most cases, it is not the wire. A good quality copper wire can last over 100 years. It’s the insulation, which is what gets weaker over time.
Tip: If you are renovating, it is a good time to have your wiring checked.
If your lights are not working properly, there is a danger of an electrical fire.
Over half of all domestic fires that occur in the region each year are caused by electricity. Although a new appliance might produce a slight burning smell when it’s first used, if there is an unusual “fishy” smell coming from an outlet, you could have an electrical fire.
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Inflamming electrical equipment with fire would release PCB vapors into the air. It could also cause polychlorinated dibenzop-dioxins dioxins, a highly toxic byproduct from burning PCBs.
If you happen to smell burning near an outlet, then the first thing you should do is trip its circuit breaker so that you can safely unplug whatever it is that’s plugged into the outlet. Then contact a local electrician to come inspect the outlet for faulty wiring.
The stench of electrical fires is reminiscent of burning plastic. Others claim the scent reminds them of fish. However, electric fires do not always emit an unpleasant odor. In this case, you would need to listen out for a buzzing sound and check for a brown outlet covering.
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