Sales of electrical items go up during the winter. The spike in electronic sales makes sense due to demand for Christmas lights and folks spending more time indoors.
These extra electronics also present a hazard. More fires take place in homes during winter months than during other seasons.
To make sure you and your family are safe, we have put together our top five tips for using electronics safely over the winter.
Tip #1: Plug Space Heaters into the Wall
The safest place to plug in a space heater is directly into a wall outlet. It is best to avoid plugging anything else into that outlet as heat generating appliances demand a great deal of energy. Overloading the line of electricity can short a fuse.
Using a power strip or extension cord seems reasonable to get the heat closer to where you need it. Yet, these cords are not meant to support that much electricity. The extra strain can cause them to melt and sometimes even catch fire.
Tip # 2: Use Surge Protectors
Spending more time inside during the winter may lead you to use extra electrical units thus requiring you to plug in more electronics. Instead of a standard power strip, consider a surge protected power strip. This type of power strip will protect your fuses from overloading. It will also protect your electronics from a voltage spike.
Tip #3: Cover Dangerous Electronics
A fusebox, electrical panel, or even plugs may all seem to be safe, but they can each present hazards. When children are around, take extra steps to make sure every area is kept safe from prying fingers.
Tip #4: Carbon Monoxide Safety
The winter is the most likely time for people to experience carbon monoxide poisoning. The most important step you can take to protect your home from carbon monoxide poisoning is by maintaining a detector with full batteries.
When a storm strikes, many folks bring out the generator to keep warm and power electronics. If you use a generator, never bring it inside as that increases the levels of carbon monoxide.
Tip #5: Unplug Everything Before Leaving
You never know what will happen in your home when you are not there. If a power outage occurs and you have many electronics plugged in, they are in danger of overloading. To keep everything safe, unplug electronics, especially computers.
Electric Blue offers general electrical service to commercial, residential, and industrial customers in the greater Denver area. We are a certified residential electrical contractor. We have experience with all electrical installation, inspection, replacement, and maintenance. Call Electric Blue at (303) 790-8813.