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Electrical Safety Tips for the Winter

Cooler weather is moving back into Central Virginia and you may now find yourself spending more time indoors. Every year, thousands of people are severely injured do to electrical fires and accidents. This is the time to stay mindful about electrical safety both inside and outside your home.

Leaves

Clear dry leaves away from any outlets or outdoor lighting. Dry yard debris can easily catch fire if it comes in contact with a hot bulb or spark. Also sweep away any debris that may have collected around your outdoor HVAC unit.

Electric blankets

As the temperature drops you may feel the need to break out the electric blankets. Since they’ve probably been in storage for a while you may want to check the power cord for cracks or fraying before using. Also, while in use do not put anything on top of the electric blanket like comforters or bedspreads.

Holiday lights

Inspect the wiring for any damage before using. Cracked or frayed wires can spark a fire. Never hang lights on a dry tree. If possible, upgrade to LED lights – they’re energy efficient and produce almost no heat.

Smoke detectors

Since you’ll be spending more time indoors, it’s likely you’ll be using more electrical devices and appliances inside as well. This increases the chance of an electrical fire occurring. Take the time to test all of your smoke detectors to be sure they are in working order.

Space heaters

Space heaters may be a cheap solution for heat but they are not safe for long term use. Keep flammable objects away from any open heat source. Never run cords under rugs or use extension cords with a space heater.

 

We want you and your family to stay safe during the fall and winter. If your home’s HVAC or electrical systems need maintenance, inspection or repair give Bradley Mechanical a call at (804) 748-6728. Our experienced technicians would be glad to troubleshoot any issues you may have.