Now that fall is here, it’s time to start giving some focus to the up and coming winter weather ahead. Heavy rains, strong winds, and low temperatures can certainly wreak a bit of havoc on your home’s electrical system. It is important to be able to keep your electrical system powered up and running properly, which is why we thought it useful to share some electrical safety tips that every homeowner should be aware of during the cold winter weather.
For starters, if anything appears to be malfunctioning or simply not performing at peak levels, rest assure that our fully licensed and experienced electricians are on call to handle it all. There is truly no project too big or too small for our electricians. We are committed and dedicated to providing top-rated electrical services to all our valued clients.
Indoor Space Heaters
We would like to start by giving attention to indoor space heaters. Whether you choose to use a portable heating device in your efforts to conserve energy or just as a quick solution to adding comfort to a cold and drafty room, be sure you take every precaution when portable heating devices are in use. You should never run the cord of your space heater underneath carpets or furniture of any type. Also, never use a space heater in an area of the home that is damp or wet. Finally, make certain that you never connect your space heater with an extension cord, but rather be sure to plug it directly into the wall outlets. Space heaters tend to draw a great deal of electrical current to warm a room rapidly. When you use an extension cord, they can easily spark or overheat and lead to a home fire.
Ice Buildup on Limbs and Lines
Turning our attention to the possibility of ice-weighed lines or branches: It’s completely probable that the weight of ice can create downed limbs and power lines because one cup of water weighs over half-a-pound and a gallon of water weighs over eight pounds. If ever a storm presents with downed power lines, be sure to stay away. Winter weather often disrupts the overall flow of electricity and power to residences. If there are downed lines or damaged lines that run to your home or nearby, be sure you contact your power company and do not attempt to handle the lines yourself.
Finally, we think it’s very important to remind our valued clients about road safety. If you are involved in (or witness to) any type of auto accident due to ice-slicked streets that involves a vehicle striking a power pole, be sure you stay in your vehicle even after the accident occurs – unless, of course, your vehicle catches fire. All too often, motorists will lose control of their vehicle and strike a power pole. By stepping outside the vehicle with power lines down, you put yourself and your passengers at great risk.
Remember, to pay attention to these important electrical safety tips. Whatever your electrical needs may be, winter, spring, summer or fall, reach out to our five-star-rated team of experts. Whether electrical problems within your home or those in your outdoor living space, we are the team for you. Simply give a call out to our technicians and know we will be there in a flash to take care of your every electrical need. So, don’t delay. Contact our professionals today!!