9 electrical safety tips for the winter season

9 electrical safety tips for the winter season

Winter brings cold weather, and with that comes the need to keep our homes warm and cosy.

However, using electrical appliances and heating systems more frequently during winter can increase the risk of electrical hazards.

Here are 9 easy tips from our electricians in Melbourne to help you safeguard against electrical hazards during the winter months.

1. Inspect electrical cords and outlets

As the winter season approaches, it’s important to check all electrical components in your home.

Examine cords for damage, as frayed or cracked cables can cause fires. Ensure that plugs fit into outlets because loose plugs can cause sparks and overheating.

2. Use space heaters safely

Space heaters provide excellent warmth, but you must use them correctly.

Place heaters on a flat, stable surface, and keep them at least three feet away from any kind of furniture or material like curtains.

Never leave a space heater unattended; turn it off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Always plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet, not into extension cords or power strips.

3. Avoid overloading outlets

With more electrical devices in use, it’s easy to overload outlets, which can be dangerous. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.

Use power strips with built-in circuit breakers for multiple devices, but don’t connect one power strip to another.

4. Be cautious with extension cords

Extension cords can be useful, but they also come with risks. Use cords rated for indoor or outdoor use as needed.

Never run extension cords under carpets, rugs, or furniture as they are at risk of overheating. Check cords for wear and tear, and replace any damaged ones immediately.

5. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are critical in alerting you to fires and harmful gas leaks.

Winter is a good time to ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

Test these systems regularly and replace the batteries or the entire unit if necessary to make sure they function when needed most. This simple step can be life-saving and provides peace of mind.

6. Use electric blankets safely

Electric blankets provide warmth, but they require careful handling.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and avoid using electric blankets that are old or damaged.

Don’t tuck electric blankets under mattresses or pile heavy objects on top.

7. Be prepared for power outages

Winter storms and wild weather can lead to power outages, so it’s best to keep flashlights and extra batteries on hand.

If you choose to use candles, follow safety tips. Keep them away from flammable materials and never leave them unattended. Have a battery-powered radio to stay informed about weather conditions and emergency updates.

8. Unplug unused appliances

Unplugging unused appliances not only saves energy but also reduces the risk of electrical fires.

While the risk may be low, devices left plugged in can still draw power and potentially overheat. The risk can be increased, however, if sockets and/or plugs are worn, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Make it a habit to unplug appliances when they’re not in use.

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9. Hire a professional for electrical issues

If you notice frequent electrical problems, it’s crucial to seek professional help. Hire a licensed electrician for recurring issues such as blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers.

Additionally, scheduling a thorough electrical inspection can help identify potential problems before they become serious hazards.

Don’t try to fix electrical issues yourself, as this can be dangerous. Hiring an electrician ensures your home’s electrical system is safe and up to code.

Stay safe this winter with Briggs Electrical

Staying safe this winter doesn’t have to be a chore.

By following these simple electrical safety tips, you’ll ensure that your home remains warm, safe, and energy efficient during winter.At Briggs Electrical, we’re here to help you take proactive steps to ensure a cosy and worry-free winter. Schedule your electrical inspection today by calling Briggs at 1300 300 222 or booking a job online and stay ahead of the curve this winter!

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