As we continue through winter, the risk of various electrical hazards threatens your home and your family’s safety. That’s why taking the necessary precautions before the cold sets in is vital to ensure your home is ready to withstand whatever winter throws your way. In this blog post, we’ll share tips on what to check or do before winter hits to help you prepare for the season.
Inspect Your Central Electrical Panel
The electrical panel is the hub of your home’s electrical system, and it’s essential to keep it in good working order. Before winter arrives, inspect your electrical panel to ensure that the panel is easily accessible and all circuits are functioning correctly. Call Morrill Electric to address the issue if you notice any signs of damage or wear.
Check Your Smoke and CO Detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential safety features when inspecting your home that can save lives. Check the batteries in your detectors and replace them if necessary. If your detectors are over ten years old, consider replacing them with newer models with more advanced features and technology. Morrill Electric is a locally owned company, and we pride ourselves on caring for our community. We urge you not to risk being a statistic. The U.S. Fire Administration states that nearly 30% of all fires occur in the winter. Please get your home properly inspected!
Trim Overgrown Tree Limbs
Overgrown tree limbs can pose a severe hazard during winter storms. Heavy snow and ice can cause branches to break and fall, potentially damaging your home, causing injury, or taking down power lines. Before winter arrives, trim any overgrown tree limbs that could pose a hazard. Consider hiring a professional tree service to handle the job if you’re not comfortable doing it yourself.
Replace Damaged or Missing Outlet Covers
Outlet covers serve an essential safety function by preventing electrical shocks and fires. If you notice any damaged or missing outlet covers, replace them before winter arrives to prevent accidents.
Ensure Outdoor Lighting Works Properly
Proper outdoor lighting is essential for personal safety and security during the winter months. Check all outdoor lights to ensure they’re functioning correctly. Replace any burned-out bulbs or damaged fixtures.
Use Surge Protectors
Power surges can occur anytime but are more common during winter storms. Use surge protectors for all your electronics, including computers, televisions, and other appliances to protect your electronic devices.
Unplug Gadgets at Night
Many electronic devices continue to draw power even when not used. Unplug your gadgets at night to save energy and reduce your electricity bill. This will also reduce the risk of electrical fires and protect your devices from power surges.
Thoroughly Check Home Wiring
Faulty wiring can lead to electrical fires, shocks, and other hazards. Before winter arrives, thoroughly check your home’s wiring to ensure it’s in good condition. If you’re uncomfortable doing the inspection yourself, hire Morrill Electric to check your wiring.
Stay Safe with Morrill Electric!
Taking these steps before winter arrives can help ensure your home is safe and secure during the colder months. Remember, safety should always be a top priority, so don’t hesitate to call in professionals if you need assistance with any of these tasks. With some preparation and planning, you can enjoy a cozy, stress-free winter season. If you have any questions, please call Morrill Electric at (978)388-1522 or email us at email@example.com.