The fall season is here! With the weather changing and more time spent indoors, it is vital to evaluate the safety of your home. We want you to prepare for shorter days and chillier nights here at Electrical Plus. Consider the following safety tips for your home during the upcoming season to keep your household free of electrical issues.
With the weather changing and possible harsh weather conditions, tree branches can threaten electrical wires around your home. Look around. Do you see any branches a little too close to your electrical wires outside? If so, take care of them before weather conditions worsen. The last thing you want on a cold autumn night is the power to go out!
Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Checks
Checking the batteries on your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors is essential during the fall months, especially if you have a fireplace you’ll be using. Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector if your home doesn’t already have one. It is often overlooked in a homeowners checklist. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in your hallways or main bedroom is highly recommended. It can save your life by detecting deadly toxic gas. Your smoke detectors can also save your life, so don’t forget to keep an eye on those, too! A quick, easy check can make a massive difference in the safety of your home and your family.
Keep an eye on space heaters
You may have to utilize a space heater to keep warm this season! Be careful, as space heaters can be dangerous if not used correctly and safely. Keep flammable items away, especially your blankets. For extra precaution, don’t plug your space heater into an extension cord. Instead, plug it in a safe outlet away from objects that could potentially catch fire. And last but not least, never leave a space heater unattended.
For decorations and other heating appliances, you may need to utilize more extension cords in the fall. Extension cords can be very convenient but also dangerous if not used properly. For outdoor use for fall decorations, make sure you use extension cords specifically designed for the outdoors. Because of potential severe weather conditions in the fall, weather-rated cords are your best bet. You can also use surge protectors for extra fire protection. While using extension cords in your home, make sure you check for frayed cords. And anything that you think could spark a fire, get rid of!
Leaves Leaves Leaves!
As trees wither away, their leaves will fall to the ground and most likely cover your lawn! This can seem no more than just a nuisance, but it can be damaging. Dry leaves can make their way to your outdoor outlets and extension cords and ultimately spark a fire. To eliminate this risk, rake your leaves often and keep an eye on your property.
There is nothing better than wrapping yourself in a heated blanket on a cold night. Although heated blankets can be an excellent purchase for the chillier months, they can be harmful if you are not careful. It is crucial to never leave your heated blanket unattended, especially around your pets. Make sure to check for exposed wiring on the heated blanket’s cord as well.
You may have questions about your home’s electrical safety with the changing seasons. No matter how little or big your concern is, call Electrical Plus today! We serve a wide variety of counties, including Chester County, Delaware County, and Montgomery County, PA. Get a free quote today by clicking here, and remember to follow these safety tips to keep your house safe from any electrical issues this upcoming season!