Be Prepared: Winter
Whether you’re excited for snow or simply dreading cold weather, winter is coming. Are you prepared? From slippery roads to severe weather, the winter season can pose a lot of dangers to our safety. Here are our top electrical safety tips for the winter. Read on to learn about the preventive measures that will make this a safe winter.
Avoid plugging them into a power strip
Keep away from flammable objects. Firefighters recommend that you allow a three foot radius around space heaters.
Make sure the heater is in a dry location. Even the smallest drop of water could cause a fire.
If using a space heater ever causes a breaker to trip or a fuse to blow, then unplug the space heater and call an electrician for help. Overloading a circuit with a space heater can be very dangerous.
Remember that extension cords are for temporary use only. Unplug your extension cord when you take down any decorations
Follow the manufacturer's instructions when handling decorations. This goes for an electrical devices. It’s good practice to keep these instructions handy when you’re unsure.
Check cords for damage or fraying. Safely dispose of them if you notice any tears.
Verify that your outdoor outlets are all GFCI-protected. If they are, it should be clearly marked on your outlet. If they are not, it’s crucial that you install them before you plug anything in.
Make sure any electrical equipment or decorations are certified to be used outside.
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