14 Electrical Mistakes You Should Definitely Avoid

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11. Putting a regular plug to aluminum wire

Attaching a regular plug to aluminum wire in an older home may seem like the best thing to do, but it’s actually surprisingly hazardous.

“Aluminum wire and copper devices expand and contract at different rates, which often causes loose connections and can create heat and cause fire,” says Joel Wilson, co-owner of Floodlight Electric, Inc.

12. Covering or nesting your electrical cords

You can make your home safer in just seconds only by organizing your power strips or appliance cords. How is that even possible? Well, you should know that “covering wires can cause the cords to overheat, which could lead to an electrical fire,” explains Adrian Faull, director of Fix Electrical Contractors.

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