Many families are getting ready for the warmer weather, longer days, and more time spent outdoors as summer approaches. You should be aware that the electrical system in your home can pose potential hazards if not handled correctly as you prepare for summer fun. This summer, keep your family safe by following these electrical safety tips:
Outdoor Electrical Safety
Getting outside and enjoying your backyard is the perfect summer activity. Use outdoor electrical appliances safely, whether you're grilling, swimming, or relaxing on your deck. Keep these tips in mind:
Water shouldn't come in contact with outdoor electrical appliances. Don't let electrical appliances near pools, hot tubs, or other sources of water, such as radios, TVs, or fans. If an appliance gets wet, unplug it and let it dry completely before using it again.
Make sure you use outdoor electrical outlets that are designed for outdoor use. Water, dirt, and debris are kept out of outdoor outlets by special covers that protect them from the elements.
Make sure your extension cords are in good condition. Make sure your extension cords are in good condition and designed for outdoor use. Replace any cords showing signs of wear and tear if they show signs of damage, such as cracks or frayed wires.
Indoor Electrical Safety
In order to escape the heat, it is important to ensure you have an updated and safe electrical system indoors. Keep these tips in mind:
Don't forget to test your smoke detectors. At least once a month, test your smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly. Replace the batteries twice a year, and replace the detectors themselves every 10 years.
Make sure your outlets are not overloaded. An overloaded outlet may overheat and start a fire. Use surge protectors to protect your electrical devices from power surges and spread your electrical devices across different outlets.
Cords should be kept out of the way. High-traffic areas like hallways and living rooms are especially vulnerable to tripping hazards caused by electrical cords. Tuck cords behind furniture or use cord covers to keep them away from traffic.
Electrical Safety During Storms
Since lightning, high winds, and power outages are common during the summer, keep these tips in mind to stay safe:
Stay inside during lightning storms and avoid using electrical devices.
Unplug your electronics.
If you live in an area that experiences frequent power outages, consider investing in a backup generator. A backup generator can keep your essential appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners running during an outage.
Electrical Safety With Children
Of course, summer is an amazing time for kids to be kids, have fun and explore. At the same time, we all want our kids to be safe. Here are a few tips to remember:
Educate your kids about electrical safety and how to avoid hazards.
Keep electrical appliances like hair dryers and curling irons out of reach of young children.
Install outlet covers on all of your electrical outlets to keep young children from sticking their fingers or other objects into them.
When In Doubt Call A Professional!
If you follow these electrical safety tips, you can count on having a safe summer full of fun and good memories. If you have any questions or concerns about your home’s electrical system, don’t hesitate to call us. We at Tru-Line Electric are here to help you with all your electrical needs. Call today!