It’s exciting, isn’t it? Warmer weather, the sun shining, birds chirping and you’re probably starting to venture outside to either do some activities or work on your yard or home’s exterior. We’d ask that you take a moment to review these electrical safety tips for spring before you get going on your to-do list.
1. Check your outside outlets
If anything seems off to you – smells of burning plastic or rotting eggs, if your outlet is warm to the touch or you get a little shock, it’s time to call your electrician just to be on the safe side. They can assess the situation and help you make the correct, and safe decision.
2. Check your CO and Smoke Alarms
Spring and fall are always good times to replace the batteries and make sure that each device is working appropriately. If any of them are over ten years old, it’s time to replace them. You should have a smoke and CO alarm on each level of your home. And make sure you continue to test them every 30 days just to be on the safe side.
3. Call Before You Dig
Be sure to call 811 to protect yourself and others if you’re planning a digging project. You don’t want to unintentionally hit any underground utility lines.
4. Take a Closer Look at Your Light Bulbs
Sometimes in a rush, we do what needs to be done, but all light fixtures have a maximum allowed wattage. Check all of your fixtures, inside and out, to ensure the light bulbs being used are under the maximum allowed. If you have any bulbs that are over, it could lead to overheating, burning plastic areas and possibly causing a fire.
5. Inspect Cords & Outdoor Electrical Equipment
Managing a yard requires a lot of tools that you either have to plug in or charge to use. Make sure you take some time before first use to inspect all of your equipment and ensure they are in good working order. Also, keep in mind not to overload your extension cord and use it safely.