Top Electrical Tips to Keep You Safe This Winter
New Jersey winters can be brutal, but there are plenty of creature comforts that help make hiding inside more bearable, if not downright enjoyable. On the other hand, this is also a time of elevated instances of fires, injuries and other disasters, that could have been avoided. In fact, studies indicate that 43% of all house fire-related fatalities happen during the winter months. With that in mind, don’t you think it is time to get serious about learning how to better protect your household, before the cold completely sets in for this year?
Is Your Home at Risk?
If you have not yet recently had an electrical safety inspection for your home, this is the ideal time to do so. Before over-taxing your system to supply you with heat, warm food, plenty of electronic-based entertainment, and other pleasantries, make sure it is up to taking on that job.
As you would suspect, high on the list of electrical components that can lead to serious problems during the winter – space heaters. Read the instructions, do not use any plug-in heaters with a frayed or damaged cord, and do not leave unattended. All of this could literally be the difference between life or death.
Everyone loves those warm soups, stews and chilies that a slow cooker can provide. However, you should never leave your cooker unattended. Too many homeowners make the mistake of putting in the ingredients and then leaving for work for the day. Since this is a major fire risk, it most certainly is not worth it. This ends up being nothing more than a recipe for disaster.
Check those smoke alarms. One of the biggest problems is that the batteries are not replaced or your alarm isn’t tested prior to the time of year when it is most commonly needed. Do not take chances when it comes to these devices that are in place and intended to help save lives.
Need More Advice?
At Zo Electric, LLC, the safety of our customers and technicians is our number one priority. With over three decades of industry-related expertise in the field, you can feel confident that we will be able to help you get the service necessary to be comfortable, warm and, most of all, safe in your home, all winter long. For an electrical safety inspection, heating repairs or other services we offer that will ensure optimal performance this winter, give our pros a call.