Whatever Winter Brings, Be Prepared

From snowy mountains to palm trees by the beach, winter can look like a lot of different things to different people. In every type of climate, problems can arise with your electrical system. It’s important to be aware of these potential issues, especially if you’re putting more than normal pressure on your electronics and appliances.

Here are some helpful tips to remember this season:

  • Give your space heaters room to breathe, keeping them away from combustible sources such as bed coverings and draperies. Always remember – never leave your space heater unattended!
  • Certain electronics (like space heaters!) can overload existing circuits in the home, causing extreme heating hazards in the wiring and breaker boxes. Verify the heater wattage and make sure existing electrical circuits are adequate for heater loads.
  • Extension cords inside and outside the home for holiday decorations are always sources of danger. Try to refrain from using any non-grounded extension cords for holiday lighting to guarantee optimal operation of ground-fault protection.
  • Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection via GFCI receptacles and breakers is necessary to prevent shocking hazards common in rainy or snowy conditions. Make sure ground-fault protection on required devices is working by testing monthly.
  • Heavy reliance on gas furnaces and fireplaces make it pertinent that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operational, up-to-date and in working order. Set calendar reminders to change batteries.
  • If you are in area where the heat doesn’t drop but soars, it’s important to be mindful of power surges. Running the AC or refrigerator requires huge amounts of power, which make your home susceptible to surges. Lighting strikes and detective wiring can also lead to power surges. If you don’t have the proper protection, you could be left with a power outage or damaged electrical appliances.

Mister Sparky places electrical safety first and foremost. Each season presents its own set of dangers. Wherever you might be, whatever the season, contact your local Mister Sparky to make sure your home is safe and sound.