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Winter Electrical Concerns - Things To Watch For
  • Winter Electrical Concerns - Things To Watch For test

Winter brings it's own set of home challenges and/or concerns, whether it be safely winterizing outdoor spickets, ensuring your roof is clear of debris to avoid ice dams, or swapping out door and window screens for glass to improve insulation. However, some common situations arise in the winter regarding electric that should also be monitored and or corrected. Below are some things to watch for.

  • Space Heaters — Space heaters are a great way to supplement your home heating for a few months in areas of your home that might be drafty or not generously supplied with heated air very well. It is important though to not use an extension cord when using these devices. Thousands of home fires per year are started because of this. If you require a new socket for your space heater, contact us to get a free estimate. The short term expense can provide peace of mind going forward.
  • Electric Blankets — Another commonly used item in the winter are electric blankets. Although not discouraged to use, it is important that you ensure the blankets you have are still in good working order. Discard any blankets that may have cords with worn edges or frayed cords. These are potential hazards that can easily be avoided with a basic look over.
  • Holiday Lighting — Although the holidays have passed, many people often wait until warmer weather to remove their seasonal lights. If you are one of these people, be sure to inspect the electrical connections and look for any damage to wires that may have occurred due to the exposure outside. Better yet, disconnect all seasonal lighting until you get around to removing them for the year.

Although not limited to a seasonal requirement, it is always a good idea to test your electric panel breakers and ensure all hard-wired or battery powered smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly. Many of these battery powered devices require a 9Volt battery for backup, so be sure to swap in fresh batteries. Many of these also will display the highest reading they have found in your home, so it's imperative that you check it often to ensure there is not a potentially dangerous buildup in your home.

If you have any questions or are concerned about your home“s electrical safety, give us a call at 732.938.2094 and we'll be happy to visit and give your home a walk through.