As the blazing summer sun starts to distance itself from Planet Earth, there are a few things you should remember to do before leaves begin falling from trees. It’s easy to go on with your daily household routine like business as usual, but neglecting to take proper safety precautions could result in shocking consequences for your family and your property. Continue reading to find out how to maximize electrical safety in your home as autumn approaches.
The Importance of Fall Electrical Safety
Believe it or not, a lot of people fail to practice safe methods when it comes to using and storing electrical equipment in the fall. In the video below, we briefly outline exactly why it is so important to reconsider the way you use and store your electronics as the summer heat fades away.
It’s not exactly shocking to discover how dangerous electrical appliances can become as the seasons’ change, especially considering what happens to them after years of extended use and weather exposure. We’ve seen it all after years of providing residential electrical services to Orange County. Are you taking care of your electronics as the seasons change? If not, fear not! We have compiled a list of three tips to help you establish electrical safety in the fall.
Tip #1 – Examine Your Extension Cords
When the weather cools down and the holiday season approaches, you are probably going to start using those extension cords more frequently. Do not plug them into any power outlets without first inspecting them for damage. If they’re in good shape, you’re good to go.
Tip #2 – Heed Caution with Space Heaters
Space heaters are wonderful, especially if you live in a home where family fights over the thermostat are a regular occurrence. But it’s easy to forget that space heaters are essentially open-face ovens that we put on the floor in our homes. Unplug your space heater if you are leaving the room for an extended period of time.
Tip #3 – Check Outdoor Appliances for Damage
Like extension cords, outdoor appliances that spend most of their lives in the garage are susceptible to sustaining serious damage due to weather and old age. If you simply plug in your leaf blower without inspecting it for damage, you run the risk of hurting yourself with exposed electrical components.
Tip #4 – Use Appropriate, Undamaged Lights, Cords, and Decor
Inspect the packages and the wiring on the electrical decorations you want to put outside for the holidays. If the lights are indoor-only or your giant inflatable pumpkin has frayed wires, you might be putting your home and decorations in danger of fires, surges, and damage.
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