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As your full-service home comfort provider, we’re here to help you and your family stay safe and comfortable in every season. Now that the fall season has begun, it’s important to keep in mind these electrical safety tips to protect your family from any electrical or fire hazards.
Keep Outlets Clear
Outside outlets should be kept clear of leaves and other debris. It’s best to have every outdoor outlet properly covered to protect it from the elements. Before using the outside outlet, check it for any issues that may have occurred when the outlet wasn’t in use. Keep in mind, outdoor outlets should be GFI protected – if they are, be sure to test them regularly. If not, call E.T. Lawson to bring your outdoor outlets up to code!
Replace Old Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
Lights designed for outdoor use have gaskets and other ways of keeping moisture out and away from important electrical components. Over time, these gaskets can wear out, and cause light bulbs to short out constantly, or for the circuit to trip entirely. Replacing old fixtures with newer ones is a smart move for keeping the outside space around your home lit up and safe.
Use Extension Cords Properly
Extension cords should only be used for short periods of time and for their intended purposes only. Never use an extension cord on unapproved electrical devices. Extension cords should not be run under carpets or rugs because of the risk of overheating. If you’ve been using an extension cord as a permanent outlet, the safe thing to do is to add additional outlets where you may need them, and we can help!
Inspect Cold Weather Tools
Leaf blowers, snow blowers, and other electrical tools that will soon see some use for the fall and winter should be inspected for any unusual wear and tear. Be sure to check their power cords specifically to avoid electrical shock.
Use the Right Tools
Tools intended for outdoor use are typically marked or listed as such. These tools are designed specifically to keep out harmful debris or dangerous moisture that can occur while working outside.
If you’d like to learn more about how electrical upgrades can help prepare your home for the fall, give E.T. Lawson a call today! Our expert electricians have seen it all, and done it all.