Indoor & Outdoor Fall Electrical Safety Tips
As fall approaches, bringing with it crisper air, pumpkin-spiced everything, and colorful foliage, keep your electrical system in mind. Now that most of your activities will take place indoors, it’s important to make sure both your indoor and outdoor electrical components are in good shape for the change of season. Follow these useful electrical safety tips to ensure your safety and the protection of your electrical system:
Outdoor Safety Tips
While outside temperatures are still mild compared to what the coming months will bring, it’s best to prepare now. The longer you wait, the more miserable it will be trying to brave the snow to safely stow away all your outdoor electrical equipment, not to mention you put your home at a greater risk for incurring electrical damage should severe weather hit your area. Here are six outdoor tasks you should accomplish this fall:
- Drain the fuel of your outdoor equipment such as lawn mowers or trimmers.
- Inspect all outdoor electrical equipment such as pools, hot tubs and saunas for damage. If you find damage, address it right away, before colder weather hits.
- Safely store outdoor equipment and electrical devices that are intended for warm weather use.
- If you intend to use any outdoor electrical equipment for the fall or winter season, such as a leaf blower, table saw or chain saw, log splitter, pressure washer or tiller, make sure it’s weatherproofed and ready for the incoming weather. If you’re not sure how to weatherproof your equipment, give us a call! We’d love to walk you through the process.
- Leaf-strewn yards, sidewalks and streets go hand-in-hand with the fall season. In fact, find us a place that isn’t covered in them. Dry leaves pose a risk to your electrical system. To prevent electrical fires, be vigilant about keeping dry lives away from your electrical equipment, lighting, outlets and cords.
- Inspect all your outdoor electrical wiring and cords to ensure they’re working properly. If you notice a small tear or rip in a cord, replace it. Don’t continue to use a damaged cord as you risk harming or destroying your electrical equipment.
Indoor Safety Tips
Since you’re already inspecting your outdoor outlets, electric cords and electrical equipment, now’s as good of a time as any to do the same inside. Of course, there a few other things we recommend doing as well. Here are four indoor electrical tips to keep in mind as you welcome in the cooler weather:
- If you plan on using heated blankets, heating pads or a space heater to keep warm this fall and winter, carefully inspect them for loose or frayed wiring. Replace any item that appears worn.
- Never allow pets to sleep on a heated blanket or heating pad.
- Test your smoke and CO detectors to see that they’re working properly. Fall is one of the driest seasons. Couple that with dry leaves on your roof and around your home, and you could have a serious problem on your hands. This is why it’s crucial that you regularly clean up the leaves on your property.
- Install whole-home surge protection. We’ve seen thousands of customers lose valuable electronics over the years because of power surges that occur daily. Should you experience severe weather this fall or winter, you’ll want to be adequately prepared. Schedule an appointment with us so that we can install surge protection in your home!
If you come across any electrical problems along the way, indoor or outdoor, make sure to call 24/7 Electric so that we can restore your safety and peace of mind quickly. Our expert electricians are here to help you with any issue you’re up against. No job is too big or too small for our team. Let us help you on your way to feeling good in your home so that you can enjoy the coming months and all the festivities they offer