This is a time of year when electricity use at home is most likely greater than at other times, with added lighting and heating etc. So, we thought some electrical safety reminders were worthy of mentioning.

Some simple reminders:

  • There just doesn’t seem to be enough electrical outlets sometimes, especially in older homes. This does not mean that it is wise to overload them. It can be very dangerous. Keep this in mind when it comes to extension cords as well.
  • In order to avoid electrocution, make sure that you keep electrical appliances out of areas that are prone to being very wet, areas such as the bathroom or a wet floor.
  • Additional heating is usually needed when the weather gets colder.   Just be careful to keep things like draperies, clothing or any other ignitable items a good three feet away from space heaters.
  • Check the position of overhead power lines when working out of doors, especially if you are working on a roof or ladder. Stay away from that area so that you do not inadvertently knock the power line with a ladder etc. Also avoid digging in areas that could have underground power cables.
  • Will you be using string lights? Do a full inspection of them before using, particularly if you have had them in storage. Rodents enjoy chewing on electrical wires, so look out for signs of this.
  • It is important to keep an eye on small children to make sure they don’t have easy access to dangerous electrical appliances or plug outlets. Use safety plugs in unused outlets.

It’s important to keep these reminders in mind, even though they are not new. If you would like advise on the safety of the electrical system in your home, please feel free to contact us.

 

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