As fall rolls in, so does the colder weather. Soon, we will find ourselves indoors surrounded by Christmas lights, family and food. However, in this transition, it is especially important to stay mindful of electrical safety. Here are three electrical safety tips for the fall.
Check your Heated Blankets
Everyone loves a well-heated blanket. However, fabric, wires and electrical sockets don’t make the best of friends. The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends you double check those heated blankets. Make sure they’re certified by an independent testing lab. Also, check the power cords – make sure they’re not frayed or coming apart. As a final warning, ESFI recommends to never tuck an electric blanket in with a mattress or cushions and make sure to never put anything, like a bedspread or comforter, on top of an electric blanket.
Check your Extension Cords
Extension cords play a vital role in both decorating the interior and exterior of our home come the holiday season. Be sure to double check your extension cords for any fraying or damage. Additionally, make sure you are using properly labeled outdoor, weatherproof cords for the exterior of your home.
Upgrade Your Panel
Because this season typically means extra electricity usage, it is important to make sure the source of all your home’s electricity is running up to speed. Your residential electrical panel is the single most important checkbox when going through your fall electrical safety checklist. If your current panel is over 30 years old, faulty wiring exists in or near the breaker, or you are just using too many power strips and extension cords throughout your home, then it may be time for a residential electrical panel upgrade.
If you are even unsure about your home’s current level of electrical safety, contact Champion Electric today! We can provide some peace of mind during the holiday season.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.