As the cold and snowy season approaches, having electrical problems in the winter are rather common and can be quite the headache. In order to ensure one's safety in the Winter, homeowners have little room for mistakes, it is important to be aware of what inconvenient issues might pop up in your home. Check out these safety solutions below to make sure your home is protected!
Hire an Electrician to Conduct a “Walkthrough” to Check Your Devices
To avoid any unfortunate events from electrical devices, along with surprising electrical fires, it’s best to call a reputable electrician to make sure your electrical wiring and devices are holding up just right. To speed up the process, you as a homeowner can begin inspecting the devices you own that may have been stored away in the summer and brought out for the winter. Simple tasks like checking the overhead lines that are outside of your home for clearance and double checking that all electrical panels are covered, will protect you from high power surges and other electrical hazards that threaten both life and property. Looking through all devices is important because some may need replacing in order to ensure your safety.
Checking on the condition of your Festive lighting outside of your home is important for both post-Holiday season as well as during. Especially, if your lights have been used for quite some time. Tripping circuit breakers can potentially lead to fires. It's in good practice to inspect your older devices every year after they have been stored away before hooking them up to an outlet. Electrical blankets are at the top of the list. Worn blankets are a potential fire hazard if the edges are frayed. To be safe, it is best to throw away any older blankets and replace them with new ones.
Electric space heaters
Now, everyone knows the perks of these space heaters because of their reputation to warm your bedroom or living room up relatively quickly. Even though these heaters are relatively small, they can attract dust and dirt that can create a spark that can end up igniting and turning into a massive electrical fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports that, “space heaters account for 43 percent of U.S. home heating fires and 85 percent of associated deaths.” Space heaters also consume significant amounts of energy when being used. This can cause issues with the electrical circuits in the household as well. In order to prevent fires from occurring, make sure you are placing them in an area where you can monitor and check them. Many space heaters require a dedicated circuit. If you do not currently have one, contact a professional to install one. Avoid plugging them into electrical chords and never leave them on unattended. Make sure you are replacing your older devices with newer ones!
Burning Electrical Outlets
What causes a circuit breaker to trip? Well, the most common reason for a tripping circuit breaker is as simple as it being overloaded. Therefore, you must be aware of how many energy-consuming devices are running on the same circuit at once. The easiest way you can prevent a circuit breaker from tripping is by turning off some devices to avoid overloading. You can also avoid such a hazard by removing and relocating, any heavy powered devices to another general-purpose circuit.
The use of electricity inevitably increases during winter, which is why becoming extra vigilant is important when it comes to electrical safety. As Winter’s presence stirs up power issues due to its track record of strong winds, snowfall, and heavy rains, make sure you take note of these few precautions in order to keep your home safe!
By being aware of the risks this season brings and having the knowledge to prevent them, you can ensure a cozy winter that is safe from all threats such as short circuits to frequent snow and rain. Winter always has a funny way of surprising us. Sp make sure you enjoy it to the fullest!
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