During the winter, you have to deal with inclement weather and prioritize keeping your home warm. Unfortunately, electrical considerations are not taken into account until it’s too late. With different devices and power supplies being used, it is important to practice safe electrical habits.
At A-1 Electric, we understand this importance and offer comprehensive electrical service in Bucks County and the surrounding areas to keep you safe. In addition to providing expert works for residential and commercial clients, we also believe it’s important to educate property owners about their electrical systems and some of the risks involved if they aren’t serviced. Here are four electrical tips that you should remember this winter.
Tip #1: Understand the hazards of electrical warming devices
For some people, their heating system just isn’t enough. They are still cold despite having the thermostat read 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Space heaters and electric blankets are used to provide warmth at home. However, these items pose certain risks.
Keep space heaters away from flammable materials and avoid using extension cords as they can cause short circuits. Get rid of an electric blanket immediately if it has frayed edges as it is a fire hazard and can electrocute you.
Tip #2: Take steps to ensure your generator is used safely
Owning a generator is a useful luxury to have during the winter. You should take certain precautions to ensure your safety. Your generator should be located outdoors and should be 10 feet away from all doors, windows and vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. It should also be located in a portable canopy or a shed to avoid rain, snow and sitting water which can cause electrical shocks.
Tip #3: Add electrical safety equipment
Electrical safety equipment such as circuit breakers, smoke alarms, surge protectors and hardwired detectors are perfect for preventing and alerting you of an emergency. These preventative measures are wise and cost-efficient.
Tip #4: Get an inspection
Our last tip is to get an electrical inspection. Do you remember the last time your home or business’ electrical system was inspected? At A-1 Electric, we perform a thorough assessment of your home’s wiring, fixtures, appliances and devices to ensure everything’s running smoothly. Just keep in mind, we can only do an inspection or another electrical service, not both for the same job.
If you wish to meet with a PECO electrical inspector in the Philadelphia area or take advantage of one of our other services, we encourage you to contact A-1 Electric by calling 800-401-6114 or filling out a contact form on our website.