With fall finally in full swing, now is a great time to ensure your home’s electrical system is safe and working properly. Short Pump Heating & Air wants to offer some quick electrical safety tips to consider:
Make sure electrical cords are in good condition – avoid using tape to repair a damaged electrical cord; it is much safer to just replace the cord.
Test ground-fault circuit (GFC) outlets to ensure they reset properly when pressing the Reset Test button.
Check outlets for loose plugs – these can overheat and cause a fire.
If there are young children in the house, be sure to keep outlets covered.
If you find yourself frequently resetting circuit breakers, call Short Pump Heating & Air to schedule an appointment or speak with an electrician. Your electrical panel or breakers might need to be replaced, and we can properly assess that before bigger problems occur.
Test smoke detectors and CO detectors to ensure you are alerted in a timely manner if there is an issue in the house.
Use space heaters carefully – space heaters can be quite a safety hazard if you don’t use them safely. Make sure to turn them off when leaving the room or house.
Some additional tips offered by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI):
Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets, and power cords.
Never allow pets to sleep on an electrical blanket.
Make sure any outdoor electrical equipment that has gotten wet has been inspected and dried off before freezing temperatures hit.
Unplug and safely store battery chargers that won’t be in use again until springtime.
If you are having any electrical issues or want routine electrical maintenance performed on your home this fall, call 804-364-9040! We have certified, professional electricians ready to handle any issues and ensure your home is safe this fall!