Winter has arrived, and now is the proper time for a safety inspection of your home’s electrical system. Ensuring that your system is properly and running properly is more critical during winter as a power loss or electrical fire can be more dangerous as people are more likely to be indoors. The following covers three important electrical tips to consider during the winter months.
In many older homes, electrical wiring may have deteriorated without the knowledge of the homeowner. Compounding this problem is the increasing number of electronic devices that require more power. However, decades-old electrical circuits cannot cope with this growing demand.
An older electrical system can be easily overloaded by utilizing power strips at several sockets. A licensed electrician can improve safety and increase energy efficiency by installing additional outlets.
Electrical devices that only see use during the winter require extra attention when they are taken out of storage. Beware of electric blankets that are worn and old because they pose a fire hazard. Inspect them and throw out any that have frayed edges.
Another major fire risk is space heaters, with December and January being the most dangerous months. An extension cord should never be used as most extension cords can’t handle the high currents that space heaters draw. During the holiday season, festival lights are a common fire hazard. Hundreds of fires are caused by Christmas trees or festival lighting annually in the U.S. It is advisable to inspect all holiday decorations for frayed wiring or dangerous conditions before using them.
Electrical Safety Equipment
It is advisable that a home’s circuit breaker is inspected regularly by a licensed electrician, especially before winter. A circuit breaker that was professionally installed and maintained regularly is one of the most important methods to prevent electrical shocks and fires.
Smoke alarms are another critical electrical safety measure, and they should be installed on every floor. It is recommended to use hardwired detectors, which use batteries as a backup power supply. Finally, the installation of surge protectors is recommended to protect computers and other electronic equipment.
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Founded in 1991, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured. Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.