08:41AM | 11/16/05
Member Since: 11/15/05
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Hi, I have an electrical safety/fire hazard question. My sister bought a relitively new house (1&1/2 yrs.old) this past summer and I am visting now and I have noticed that every time I throw a light switch or plug in a power cord, that there is a spark within the outlet or switch! I am currious that if this is commonplace with new houses and if this could be an safety/fire hazard concern? And if this is a safety issue, would the former owners and or realtor be liable because they did not tell my sister about this condition?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


a concerned brother


06:43AM | 11/19/05
Member Since: 12/28/04
48 lifetime posts
It is not normal for any "flashing" or "sparking" of any kind, get it checked out by a pro. As for the sellers liability - depends on the conditions of the sale, check with the realtor or an attorney. Good luck and be careful!!


08:36PM | 11/21/05
Member Since: 11/15/05
2 lifetime posts
tsimko,,Thank you for your reply. I will have it checked out by a pro. Then go from there.

Again, I appreciate your reply.



doug seibert

04:05AM | 11/22/05
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
Any electrical connection will spark when connections are made/break under load........

That's exactly what a switch long as the flash is within the switchbody it's normal.....

I notice that cheaper light switches tend to "glow" more......possibly from thinner more transparent plastics or less grease on the contacts.....Also if the user "holds" the switch allowing a SLOW switching action.....

When plugging a device into a recepticle......The device should be turned OFF or the connection WILL spark as the circuit is completed........Any loose fitting recepticles/plugs should be checked for safe operation.......


01:54PM | 11/22/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
Some devices can't be turned off.

The charger for my Panasonic Drill comes to mind. And it has a switching power supply with a capactive input.

It sometimes will cause a significant arc when plugged in. Enough that they warn you about it in the manual.



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