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Winter Electrical Safety

The winter season is full of wind, rain, snow, and power outages. Whether it is a fallen tree or a vehicle accident, a downed power line or electrical storm can cause havoc to your nice warm winter evening at home. Here are some things to keep in mind for this winter season to stay safe and warm.

Space Heater Safety

In the winter we want to stay warm in the home. We put on extra layers, turn up the furnace, and the most popular option, bring out the space heaters. Space heaters are great for bringing warmth to a small room or area of your home. But they can also be a hazard because of their exposed heat output. So when setting up your space heater, ensure that it is not in direct contact with anything and that it is out of reach from little ones. Read our Winter Electrical Tips for more tips on space heater safety and other winter safety tips.

Safety Checklist

When it comes to the harshness of the elements and storms that can happen during the winter season, there a few ways you can defend your home against bad situations:

  • Be aware of water and exposed wires – With the freezing and thawing that occurs, it is possible for water to find its way into all the nooks and crannies of your home. Walk around your home’s interior and exterior walls and look for any exposed wires that could come into contact with water. Make sure any problems are addressed quickly.
  • Home surge protector – Having a home surge protector will help suppress surges that can result from electrical storms to prevent electrocutions and damage to appliances and electronics.
  • Surge protectors on your home power bars – You can also protect your appliances and electronic devices in your home with surge protectors. Review your home setup to check if surge protectors are active and still functional.

Be Prepared

In the event that there is a power outage you should be prepared for the long haul if the worst-case scenario occurs. Sometimes power can be out for hours. If an outage occurs at night, you cannot rely on your space heaters to keep you warm. Have a flashlight and blanket ready so you can stay warm and navigate your home safely.

Our most important recommendation is to have your home’s electrical system inspected so that you can be sure you are as prepared as can be. An expert electrician can identify potential issues and problems that could occur during the winter season. If you have more questions about your home’s electrical system or think it is time to have your home inspected, contact your local Expert Electric.