Important Winter Electrical Safety Tips
Dec 17, 2021

Important Winter Electrical Safety Tips

When the weather turns cold, the use of electricity increases in many households. This makes it crucial to be extremely careful when it comes to electrical safety. To help you keep your family and property safe and maximize electrical efficiency, HomeOps has put together some important winter electrical safety tips.

  • Get Your Wiring Checked

Harsh elements such as snow and ice can result in a life-threatening electrical fire when the elements come into contact with damaged wiring. If you notice signs such as flickering lights, frayed wiring, scorch marks on your electrical outlets, loose connections, or crackling sounds, call a qualified electrician in Coram to check your wiring. 

  • Replace Old Electrical Outlets

Old electrical outlets can be problematic for your electrical system during the cold months. If your electrical outlets are damaged or outdated, have them replaced to avoid electrical hazards.

  • Never Leave Space Heaters Unattended

Many homeowners rely on space heaters to stay warm during winter. While this appliance comes in handy during winter, it can cause an electrical fire if left unattended for too long. It’s advisable to turn your space heater off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep. You should also monitor the space heater to ensure it does not overheat.

  • Test Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters to Ensure Complete Protection

Ground fault circuit interrupters are electrical safety devices used to safeguard against electrocution and electrocution. Have an experienced electrician inspect your GFCIs before winter to ensure they’re in good working order.

  • Install Whole-House Surge Protectors

Extreme weather conditions during winter can contribute to power spikes. Installing whole-house surge protectors is your best defense against power spikes. When you’re looking to install whole-house surge protectors in your home, call experienced electricians to get the job done.

  • Be Wary of Electric Blankets

While electric blankets can keep you warm at night, they come with many risks, especially when improperly used. You should never use electric blankets while sleeping or use a hot water bottle with an electric blanket. To minimize the risk of unsafe outcomes, consider disposing of electric blankets that have worn or damaged areas.

  • Do Not Overload Circuits

The use of electricity increases during winter as many homeowners lean on electrical devices to keep their homes warm. As a result, many people are more likely to overload their electrical circuits. Overloading an electrical circuit can cause an electrical fire and damage appliances. To avoid overloading your circuits, be aware of every circuit's limits.

  • Follow Up On Any Leaks

Leaks are a common occurrence during winter. All types of leaks can cause electrical hazards if the water comes into contact with electrical components. Make sure you inspect your plumbing system, the roof, and home appliances before winter to keep your electrical system.

  • Leave Electrical Safety Inspection to Experienced Electricians

No matter how good you are at DIY tasks, electrical safety inspection, rewiring, and electrical installation projects should be left to experienced electricians. Doing DIY electrical work can be extremely dangerous. If you’re not an experienced electrician, you should never attempt to perform electrical safety inspection. 

Get Your Electrical System Safe for Winter

When you need electrical safety inspection or electrical repair, look to HomeOps Electric for reliable electrical service. Call us today to schedule a service appointment.

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