Electrical safety should be on your mind any time you do electrical work. Especially now that we are in the early stages of fall, it is time to consider some safety precautions as we move away from the beaches and into the warmth of our homes. Consider the following areas in terms of keeping your family safe during the fall.
It’s time to pack away those lawn mowers and hedge trimmers. Make sure that when you are putting these tools away and bringing out the leaf and snow blowers, check the wiring and the power chords when applicable. If there is any sort of wear and tear, consider repairing them or replacement. And never, ever use duct tape. While many consider that the universal tape for repairs, do not mix electricity and duct tape.
Also, consider these other random and simple tips to ensure safety this fall.
- Unplug and store any battery chargers or devices that will not be used until spring. These could reduce the risk of fire or damage, plus save you some money in the process.
- Use weatherproof electric devices for outside use during the fall
- Protect any electrical devices from moisture and dew during the early mornings
- Keep any leaves clear from any outlets, outdoor lighting or power chords
Inspect all outdoor electrical equipment for damage
Since you will already be setting aside some time to inspect your electrical wiring and cords, take a few hours to also review all outdoor electrical equipment for any damage. This includes pools, hot tubs, saunas and more. Ensure that all of the equipment is operating properly and that any damage is fully addressed and handled before severe weather conditions roll through.
Indoor Electrical Safety
Since colder weather is upon us, now is the time when everyone retires their shorts and seeks the warmth of the fireplace or electric blanket. With this migration indoors, consider these small tips in order to prevent harm via electricity.
- Keep Electrical Fixtures Clear. Ensure that your electrical outlets are clear of furniture or clothing that could potentially cause a spark or burn if they got hot enough.
- Check Those Bulbs. Lighting fixtures are rated for specific bulb wattages, and exceeding that wattage requirement can cause an overload on your wiring, just as an underpowered bulb can cause stress to the system.
- Replace Damaged Cords. Probably everyone has considered putting duct tape or electrical tape on a fraying cord at some point–but resist that idea! Damaged cords are prone to cause shock, short circuits or even fire.
- Use a GCFI. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (or GCFIs) are commonly used in outlets, and can immediately shut off electric power to reduce the risk of electric shock or fires. They’re intended to trigger when current is flowing through a person or through the water.
- Test Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors. An easy way to remember when you need to test your carbon dioxide and smoke detectors is that they should be tested and batteries replaced with each change of the seasons.
- Check All Outlets. If there are any young children in the household, it is probably a good idea to consider outlet cover.
Be Cautious of Electric Blankets
While electric blankets can provide some comfort and warmth during cold nights, there are some issues to be considered when using them. When using electric blankets, consider the following electrical safety tips while using electric blankets.
- Do not tuck the blankets under mattresses. Friction could cause the cord to fray and tear, thus leading to fire hazard not place any heavy bed-sheets or bedding on top of the electric blanket. If the cords are muffled and overwhelmed, then
- Do not place any heavy bed-sheets or bedding on top of the electric blanket. If the cords are muffled and overwhelmed, then never let your pet sleep on top of the mattress. If your pet were to claw and scratch the blanket, the wiring could become damaged
- Never let your pet sleep on top of the mattress. If your pet were to claw and scratch the blanket, the wiring could become damaged. Do not iron or dry clean your electric blanket. Applying significant heat to the blanket can result in melting the wiring inside the blanket, creating a significant fire hazard
- Do not iron or dry clean your electric blanket. Applying significant heat to the blanket can result in melting the wiring inside the blanket, creating a significant fire hazard
- Blankets can also serve as a shock hazard if damaged.
Call Jones Services today for more tips on electrical safety!