Winter can be a hazardous time for homes. This is especially true when it comes to electrical systems. You might think that heating appliances are the sole electrical hazard during winters, but that’s only one part of the story. The potential for danger is everywhere, and can be anything from a vacant house to downed wires from a storm. The problem could even be faulty Christmas lights!
The weather isn’t in your mitten-covered hands, but electrical safety during the winter months is. Here are some common sense electrical precautions to help keep your house and family safe.
Check the Condition of the Wiring
It’s always a good idea to periodically check how your wiring looks. Circuit breakers, sockets, and switches are well-worn. Any problem in the electrical panels could hamper the flow of electricity and cause a short circuit. Get them checked by a qualified electrician and take their advice to repair or replace them if they are outdated. You get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, and you need this same type of preventive maintenance for your electrical system.
Don’t Overload Existing Electrical Outlets
Power use increases during winters because of heating needs. However, that doesn’t mean to take things into your own hands. Only install extra electrical outlets using registered electricians. That way your existing sockets aren’t overburdened with multi-adaptor plugs or power strips. Also, central air units need to be check before sending 240V through the heat strips.
Unplug Non-Essentials When You Go For a Vacation
You might feel like going out of the door as fast as you can. But take a minute to pause and prepare a checklist of non-essential appliances you need to switch off and unplug. Maybe, the refrigerator and the burglar alarm can stay connected. This will not only save electricity but also give you peace of mind.
Shield Your Appliances with Surge Protection
Power surges can quickly ruin the electronic devices in your home. They can be caused by thunderstorms, snow, ice, and more. Power lines toppled by trees and falling limbs can also send a surge across a neighborhood that’s enough to damage any electronics. A proactive surge protection solution will protect your appliances and save you from an electrical mishap. Surge protection will also give you a huge added benefit of replacement cost coverage.
Have a Plan
Despite your best preparations, things can still go wrong. Prepare a disaster plan that can kick in when there’s an emergency. Get a home protection plan that meets your electrical needs or schedule. The service you choose should also be available 24 x 7.
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