Temperatures may be cold right now, but winter is just beginning, and the cold air, snow, and ice moving in will be with us for the next few months. This is why it’s a great time to review your home’s winter electrical safety checklist to make sure you are prepared for potentially dangerous or unexpected electrical problems during the winter. The better prepared you are, the faster you can resolve any issues that may arise. As you review your checklist, consult your electrician at Professional Electric Inc for guidance on electrical safety, maintenance, and repairs.
Check Your Central Electrical Panel
Familiarize yourself with your circuit panel. Every adult in your home should know where it is, and all obstructions should be cleared. Make sure all switches are labeled and working correctly.
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Nearly 30% of house fires occur during the winter, so ensure all fire alarms work well. A licensed electrician can install new smoke detectors if you need them.
Replace Cracked or Missing Electrical Outlet Covers
Outlet covers are essential for providing safety and protecting exposed electrical wires. Make sure all outlet covers are securely installed and in optimal condition.
Check Your Outdoor Lighting
Your winter electrical safety checklist doesn’t just apply to indoor lighting. Make sure your outdoor lights are functioning correctly. If outdoor lights aren’t working, people can easily slip and fall on dimly-lit pathways. Consider installing motion-detection outdoor lights for extra convenience when you go outside.
Use Surge Protectors
Extra space heaters or other appliances used during winter can place a burden on your outlets. Make sure you have a proper surge protector with each outlet your devices are plugged into. This is the time to consult a professional electrician regarding installing whole-house surge protection for year-round protection on a large scale.
Know Space Heater Safety
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 15% of home fires are due to heating equipment, especially space heaters. If you use a heater, ensure you know the safety rules. These rules include the following:
- Place it on a flat and level surface
- Plug it directly into an outlet or surge protector
- Never use a heater that has a torn or damaged cord
- Never use an extension cord with a space heater
- Never leave the heater unattended
Unplug Unused Gadgets and Appliances
Adapt a nightly routine of unplugging non-essential electrical devices that are not connected to a surge protector. If you have a winter storm at night, these items may short-circuit. By unplugging, you save on electricity costs and avoid fire risk.
Check Your Home’s Electrical Wiring
Wires, plugs, outlets, and sockets can all become worn over time. Have a licensed electrician visit your home to check your wiring and ensure everything is up to code. This is a crucial part of your winter electrical safety checklist, as electrical sparks can easily lead to fires and disastrous consequences.
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Our family-owned and operated business has earned the trust of the Crofton community since 1990. Our team of friendly and expert electricians is licensed, bonded, and insured. From electric panel upgrades to lighting installations, and all other electrical services and repairs in between, you can count on Professional Electric to get it done safely and skillfully. Further, our dedicated electricians are standing by 24/7 for your emergency electrical situations. We proudly serve customers in Annapolis, Severna Park, Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, Bowie, Stevensville, Mitchellville, Millersville, Cape St Claire, the surrounding Southern Maryland area, and beyond. To find out more information on our wide range of electrical services, or to get a free estimate from our master electricians, contact us at our website or call 410‐451‐8085, 301‐390‐7620, or 443‐871‐1492. For more ways to stay connected, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.