Winter is fast approaching. So as the temperature drops, many homeowners would want to use portable electric space heaters and electric blankets to warm their homes.
And when the holidays arrive, Christmas decorations and lights would go up, which means more electricity usage than other months of the year.
Unfortunately, these electrical devices and Christmas lights can be a significant cause of fire hazards. To help prevent electrical fires, here are a few electrical safety tips to stay safe this winter.
- Be mindful of the space heaters
As much as space heaters make you feel warm and cozy in your home, they can also be a danger, especially when you place them too close to furniture, curtains, or any flammable material.
So, make sure to keep them at least 4 feet away from these flammable materials, and make sure to plug your space heater into a wall outlet and not an extension cord.
- Monitor the usage of your electrical outlets
Overloaded circuits are a common issue in winter, especially with the many Christmas lights. If you notice your circuit breaker has tripped, it’s a reminder that they are overloaded.
In addition, make sure you use lights for the recommended wattage and use outlets instead of extension cords. If you have few outlets, hire a professional for more electrical outlet installation.
- Do not leave plugged in heaters unattended
Always turn off your portable heaters when leaving a room to ensure they don’t overheat.
- Follow the recommended Christmas lights safety guidelines
Christmas lights come with a manual; if you’re supposed to use a surge protector, use it to avoid voltage spikes. And make sure to use appropriate extension cords for outdoor lighting as well.
For projects such as:
- Electrical repairs and replacements
- Electrical panel upgrade and installation
- Wiring repairs and upgrade
- Outlet installation
- And more
You should hire a professional. These residential electrical services are dangerous, and any small mistake can cost you a lot. So, when faced with any electrical work, don’t hesitate to call in an expert.