When the weather turns warm just about everyone starts thinking about heading to the beach or the pool or in some way getting around some water. But when it comes to electricity there are some things you want to be aware of so you don’t end up in need of emergency electrical services. We’re going to talk about some of the most important things that you can do to keep your Myrtle Beach, SC home safer this summer.
Keep Electronics Out
It can be tempting to bring your radio or your other electronics into the pool area or on the beach with you and if you have battery operated products you may be safe enough, but if you have items that run on electricity it’s always a good idea to keep them far away from any sources of water. You might think that they’re far enough away they aren’t going to cause a safety risk, but you definitely don’t want to take that chance. The emergency electrical services will be nothing compared to what could happen to you or your loved ones because of those electrical items.
If you absolutely need to have an electrical item next to water or even within any distance of water then make sure you’re using GFCI’s. You may want to call a professional to install these types of outlets in and around any water areas of your home. These are designed so if there’s any form of water or moisture they will immediately cut power so there’s no danger of electrocution. This is going to cut down the chances that you will need emergency electrical services and that your family will be hurt by your electrical appliances.
Use Only Outdoor Extension Cords
If you’re going to use an extension cord out by the pool the first thing you should do is make sure that you have an outdoor rated one. Using indoor electrical cords outside means that they could easily be damaged. Damaged electrical cords are definitely going to cause a need for emergency electrical services. They could short out, start fires and a whole lot more. That’s something you want to avoid and having a power cord or extension cord that’s rated for use outdoors is going to be the first step in that process.
Stay Away from Lines
If you’re going to be outside doing anything at all it’s important that you’re staying away from power lines. Flying kites can be fun until one gets too close to a power line. Other activities can be just as dangerous if you’re not aware of your surroundings and what you’re doing. Always stay aware and you’re going to cut down on the risk of emergency electrical services. Not to mention you’re going to protect yourself from severe medical problems as well. Being careful of everything you and your family are doing will be a huge difference for you.
Watch the Weather
When the weather turns warm and summer comes along so do the storms. You may think it’s a beautiful day and everything is going great, but the weather can turn in an instant and you and your family could be in danger. Make sure you’re aware of what the weather is supposed to be like and just when it might turn. Also, keep an eye on the sky at all times. Just because the weather report said that it was supposed to be clear all day doesn’t mean that’s going to be the case. Weather reports can be wrong.
If you do happen to notice a storm coming in make sure that you get your family to safety immediately. You want to make sure that you aren’t stuck outside when the weather turns bad and especially if there’s an electrical storm. These storms aren’t the type of emergency electrical services you can do anything about, but you absolutely want to make sure that you’re protected from them and aware of when they do come up. The more aware you are the more likely you’ll be to keep your family away from these storms and away from the dangers that come with them.
Don’t Overload the System
When the weather gets warm you may also be tempted to plug in several fans and air conditioners in your home to keep things cool. But the truth is you could easily overload your breakers and more that way. If you overload an outlet you’re definitely going to be in for emergency electrical services and those could end up being expensive. You want to make sure that you’re aware of just what you’re plugging in at any time and how it’s going to affect your electrical wiring.
If you need to use a lot of power for different devices make sure that you’re plugging them into not just different outlets (though that’s a start) but outlets that are on different circuits. This might mean plugging things in throughout your home so that they are broken up. You want to be sure that you’re not going to overload anything and need to make that call for emergency electrical services. If you’re overloading an outlet that’s definitely going to be the case and you could end up with a very serious emergency.
If you’re in need of emergency electrical services or even just general services make sure that you call Mister Sparky® of Myrtle Beach of Myrtle Beach, SC. We have a team that’s available for any sort of electrical needs that you might have. Even more than that, we can make sure that you’re getting the best possible care no matter what type of services you need. You want to keep your family safe this summer season and that means being aware of everything that’s going on around you. With these tips and with the help you can get from our team, you should be able to spend your summer enjoying yourself. After all, that’s what the summer is for, right?