Short circuit happens when the electric current running across the wires accidentally travels to a different line. Electrical devices are designed to have electric current pass through its wires and nodes. Each of these nodes have predetermined electrical energy and if the current transferred to these nodes is higher than the indented prescribed amount of current, the possibilities of circuit to overheat and breakdown is high. In some unfortunate cases, short circuit could even lead to fire and explosion if not fixed. To ensure that two electrical nodes would not result in over current, you can make use of the circuit analysis procedure. This procedure will help you locate the nodes and allow you to set a voltage protection to the device, which will prevent short-circuiting the equipment.
Short circuit protections are pieces of equipment installed to function as protection for wires and connectors from impairment due to high doses of voltage. If over current happens, the circuit protectors will make the circuit an open circuit to stop the excessive flow of current that causes short circuit. If short circuit happens, it could cause a lot of damage in your electrical equipment, whether at home or in the office. To avoid this, refer to the following steps in preventing a short circuit.
- Inspect the electric installations at your place. This is especially true to those dwellings that are more than five years old. Older circuit wiring should be changed to meet the new standards for electric wirings.
- Employ the use of fuse protection. The fuse is used to impede excessive electric current flow in a circuit. If the circuit have an over current situation, fuses are designed to melt or trip to stop the electricity from flowing. In short, the fuse is used as a device protection. If you are changing the fuse, make sure that you turn the circuit breaker off to prevent unnecessary electrocution. Keep in mind that if a fuse melts, you will need to change it with a new one that matches with the previous fuse you used. If by chance you changed it to a fuse that doesn’t provide the same protection as the previous one, you risk either tripping it the instant you install and could cause it to become a fire hazard.
- Make note of sudden power surges or flickering of lights. Take frequent flickering of lights as a sign of a short in the circuit. Regularly monitor power surges because it could be a serious wiring issue.
- Invest in a lightning protection system. If your area is prone to lightning storms, this protection system is a very good investment to protect your equipment from damages often induced by the lightning storms.
If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, opt to get a professional electrician to assist you in analyzing and correcting the electrical installation of your place.