As the calendar makes its way to fall, and the weather starts to cool down, it's a good time to review fall electrical safety. When activities move inside, it's important to consider the electrical hazardst that become more prevalent as the temperatures begin to plummet. Here is a list of practical safety tips for both inside and outside the home.
Outdoor Electrical Safety
Electrical Wires - When using your ladder outside, especially for projects on the roof or rain gutter, be mindful of overhead electrical wires.
Battery Chargers - Unplug and store those battery chargers for yard tools that won't be used until next spring.
Outdoor Devices - Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Cover any exposed electrical outlets and check outdoor electrical cords for damage or a faulty connection.
Leaves/Debris- Keep fallen leaves away from outdoor outlets, power cords, and outdoor lighting. Also make sure that tree debris is kept away from the air conditioner condenser.
Cold Weather Tools - Inspect the electrical tools that you will be using for fall yard work. Make sure to check the cords for wear and tear - and either repair damaged equipment or replace it.
Outdoor Lighting - Less sunlight in the fall will mean the exterior lights to the house will be on longer. Check the lights to ensure that the bulbs are the correct wattage and that any cords have not been damaged over the summer.
Indoor Electrical Safety
Electric Blankets - Make sure that you inspect all of your electric blankets for worn areas both in the fabric and on the electrical cord. Never tuck an electrical blanket under a mattress or animals to sleep on them.
Space Heaters - If you use a space heater, inspect it and have a quick test run before running it this season. Be mindful of space heater placement. Always allow at least a foot of space around the perimeter of unit and never leave unattended toddlers in the same room with one.
Smoke/CO Detectors - Every season you should check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Since the fall usually means more inside activities, including cooking and use of the fireplace, it's good practice to ensure the smoke detectors are working properly. If you own gas heater, stoves, or other gas-fueled appliances, make sure that you own CO detectors - and that they are working properly.
Light Bulbs - In the fall we start to lose daylight, which will mean more dependence on indoor lighting. Check the bulbs throughout the house to make sure they are the proper
wattage for the size of the light fixture.