Here are a few suggestions to be safe with electrical appliances in your home:
- One issue that can arise is overloading of electrical outlets and extension cords. This is something you should be aware of, as it happens a lot but is not safe to do so.
- When the weather gets colder, there is a need for added heat. Keep things like curtains, clothing or any other combustible items at least three feet away from space heaters.
- To prevent electrocution, its very important that you keep electrical appliances away from anything wet, especially areas such as a bathroom or wet floors.
- When working outside of the house, for example, if you are on a roof or ladder, make sure you are aware of the location of overhead power lines, and avoid doing work in that area. It is also a good thing to keep in mind the location of any underground power lines so you know to avoid digging in the area.
- Do you currently have or have you had a problem with rodents in the house? Do a thorough check of all electrical cords for signs that they have not been chewed on by them. An example of something that will need checking is any lights you will be putting up that are normally stored the rest of the year. Rodents are known to cause a lot of damage to electrical wiring.
- Keeping an eye on children is essential to their safety. Make sure they don’t play with or around any potentially dangerous electrical appliances or plug outlets. Put safety plugs in unused outlets.
Please stay safe this time of year. If you are unsure if the electrical system in your home is safe or not, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can assist you.