As the weather begins to cool down, you’ll start needing to use more appliances. To ensure safe and comfortable days ahead of you, here are some electrical safety tips that will help you prepare for the fall season.
Without having to use your heating system, space heaters are an easy way to heat a room. If you don't need to heat the whole house, it's a good way to save money on energy costs. However, improper use of space heaters can pose a significant safety risk. Never plug your space heater into an extension cord and always ensure that nothing flammable is within three feet of it.
One of the most beautiful things about fall is the falling leaves. However, if left around your house, they may pose a fire risk. Dry leaves make excellent kindling because they easily catch fire when struck by a spark. Make sure to sweep them away from any light fixtures, power cords, or outdoor outlets. Debris can impede the operation of your air conditioner, so it's important to keep your outdoor unit free of it.
In order to plug in all of your holiday lights and decorations once the holidays arrive, you will probably need to use extension cords. Make sure any extension cords you use outdoors are weather-resistant and check for damage. Make sure to use surge protectors to help protect the internal load if you plan to plug in a lot of holiday lights. If you find out your extension cords are damaged, replace them or see if an affordable electrician from Mr. Electric can repair them.
It's time to dust off your leaf blower and get back to using it. Be sure to check for any unusual wear and tear before turning it on. Before using any of your colder-weather tools, do this. Additionally, check their power cords very carefully because a damaged power cord can put you at risk of electrical fires. Repair or replace your electric tools if you discover any damage. We’ll send in a qualified electrician from Mr. Electric once you call for help with an electrical repair service.
Make sure that any electrical devices that are used outside are weatherproof because there will be a lot more moisture and rain in the fall than there will be in the summer. If you have electrical outlets outside, they should be GFCI outlets that have bubble covers over them to keep out rain and protect users from potential shocks.
As the weather turns cooler, you'll use more electrical appliances and devices, so make sure all of your smoke alarms are working. This will guarantee that you and your family will be notified in the event of a fire before it spreads beyond control. We are more than happy to check the dependability of your smoke alarms if you need us to.
Mr. Electric is here to provide assistance with any type of electrical repair service. If you are suspicious of a certain appliance or outlet in your home and feel the need to call a professional, don’t think twice and trust your gut. It’s better to feel safe than sorry.