Tips to Avoid Winter Electrical Hazards & Protection Guide
Winters in the greater Philadelphia area are commonly associated with frigid temperatures, less daylight and an increase in our electric usage. To ensure the safety of your home, family and pets against the potential for an electrical fire it is important that you are properly prepared. EP Electric LLC, an electrician company in Philadelphia, PA, highlights the most common winter electrical hazards and tips to safeguard your home.
5 Common Winter Electrical Hazards & Safety Tips
Space Heaters/Electric Blankets
Safety Tip: Never leave space heaters or heated blankets on or unattended at any time. Similarly, be sure they are placed in open areas and far away from bedding, curtains and plastic objects. While convenient, electric heaters can often overheat, overload circuits and cause electrical fires.
Extension Cords & Power Strips
Safety Tip: Always make sure your power strips and electric cords are exposed, but not causing a tripping hazard. Do not try to hide these devices under rugs or behind furniture as this can lead to fraying & exposing the wires. Friction from rugs against extension cords and power strips can lead to sparks and fire!
Christmas Lights/Inflatable Decoration
Safety Tip: The rule of thumb is to always use a surge protector and connect no more than 3 strands of lights together to avoid voltage spikes. Only use outdoor extension cords and turn off the power to all lights and inflatable decorations when you’re not home or while you’re sleeping.
Upgrade Power Outlets
Safety Tip: If you’re hanging lights or decorations outside, do not run an extension cord from inside to your front hard. Hire a licensed electrician to install safe, code compliant, weather resistant outdoor outlets. Similarly, all indoor outlets should be inspected to insure they are up to code and meet your electrical needs.
Schedule a Professional Electrical Safety Inspection
Safety Tip: An electrical safety inspection by a professional electrician is recommended at least once per year. The check will ensure your wiring, circuit breaker, outlets and electrical system are all safe and can handle the output of your home.
Make sure your home’s electrical system is properly prepared for the upcoming harsh winter weather. Call EP Electric LLC for a safety inspection, energy audit, residential generator installation or general repairs for residential and commercial properties. Follow our electrician blog for year-round safety tips, money-saving advice and industry-related news.