Electrical Safety List for Autumn

10/18/2018

Autumn has just arrived, which means the spookiest holiday of the year is just around the corner Halloween! But before you get to enjoy costume parties or a whole night of binging on horror films, let’s look at your home’s condition and take necessary precautions. Here are top tips on electrical safety that are sure to get you ready for a day filled with tricks and treats!   

  • Use space heaters with caution – Using space heaters are the best and easiest way to stay warm without using your heating system. It’s a great way to save on costs especially when you don’t need to heat up the entire house. But, it can be a safety hazard if you’re not careful. Keep flammable Halloween decorations at least 3 feet away from the space heater and NEVER plug your space heater using an extension cord.
  • Inspect all extension cords – As the holidays are fast approaching, you’re probably using a ton of extension cords for your holiday lights and decor. Check your extension cords for damages. Make sure to use weather extension cords outdoors. If you’re plugging a lot of holiday lights, use surge protectors to provide internal load protection.
  • Sweep dry leaves – Sweep dry leaves away from outdoor outlets, light fixtures, and power cords. This prevents fire hazards. Dry leaves are prone to catching fire if it makes contact with any spark of some kind.
  • Cut tree branches – Make sure your tree branches don’t grow towards your electrical lines. Get your branches trimmed to prevent cut power lines and electrical fires. Call a reliable tree service company and have them take care of it.
  • Test smoke alarms – You’ll be using a lot of electrical devices in the coming holidays as the weather gets colder. Test your smoke alarms and make sure they are functional. This will make you at ease and sure that your alarms work when an electrical fire breaks out.
  • The right time for electrical inspections is NOW – After Halloween comes Thanksgiving. Before you know it, it’s already Christmas! Faulty electrical wirings are one of the top reasons for house fires. Contact a reputable electrical inspection safety professional in your area to assess if your electrical system is as safe as it should be.

Protect your home from house fires. Stay safe and have all the fun you want during the holidays!