Tips For Avoiding Electrical Problems This Winter

Winter has arrived in full force bringing dropping temperatures, snow flurries and ice. All of these factors can make an impact on your daily life, as well as your home's electrical system. Here are a few tips to prevent a future crisis during the frigid weather.

Crossed Wires

Have you moved into a new home and believe the wiring is okay? Or maybe your home is a bit older? Remember to never assume. Some homes (especially older homes) can be poorly wired which can be dangerous. In many older homes, the wiring could be deteriorating. Also, the overuse of power strips in electrical sockets could lead to an overload in your home’s system. If you have any doubts, be sure to call an electrician to ensure your home's electrical system is installed properly.

Keep an Eye on Older Devices

There are a few electrical devices that get packed away and then taken out once the cold hits–which could give you a shock once you plug them in and may even blow a fuse. Items such as electric blankets, as cozy as they may be, can pose a potential fire risk if they have frayed edges. Be sure to inspect these items for any potential hazards.

Space Heater Safety

For many, space heaters are an essential during the icy weather. Unfortunately, these heaters are a cause for many house fires and require quite a bit of electricity. It’s important to note that space heaters must be plugged into a dedicated outlet and unplugged when not in use.

Here are a few tips for space heater safety:

  • Plug heaters directly into a wall outlet and never use an extension cord or power strip. If the cord doesn’t reach where you need it to be, consider installing a new outlet
  • Regularly inspect the cord for any fraying. If you spot damage, replace the space heater
  • Don’t attempt to heat more than one room with a space heater

Winter is a tough season for homes. Powering heaters and appliances can take a toll on a home’s electrical system. Depending on the electrical systems age and condition, there might be a need for repairs or upgrades. Keep your home warm and comfortable this season by avoiding any of these common electrical problems. For more information, contact the expert electricians at Electric Blue today at (303) 790-8813!

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