Electrical Safety Tips for Winter

Space heaters can be hazardous in the home, while power outages are a sad reality of winter. Here's how to handle both risk-free...

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 2:58 PM EDT
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Electrical Safety Tips for Winter

Space heaters can be both dangerous and costly.

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This article is sponsored by Michael & Son, the leading full-service plumbing, electrical, HVAC and remodeling company serving the Washington D.C. area for over 30 years. Learn more about Michael & Son at MichaelandSon.com.

Since we've already addressed how to prepare your plumbing and HVAC system for winter, now it's time to review safe space heater use and blackout contingency plans before the cold sets in for good. 

One of the biggest hazards in the home during the winter months is space heaters. Not only can space heaters be a hazard, they can also add to your electric bill. Below are some tips for safely using a space heater in your home:

  • Keep any combustible objects away from the heater at all times.
  • Make sure heater is plugged into a snug outlet. Loose outlets can cause fires.
  • Do not run cords through carpets or rugs. This can cause them to overheat and start a fire.
  • Do not leave children unsupervised around space heaters.
  • Do not use space heaters in wet or moist areas. Unless specifically built for that purpose, the heater can cause dangerous electrical shocks.
  • Do not place heaters where they can easily be tipped over. 
  • Turn off and unplug space heater when not in use.


Another hazard of winter is the loss of power because of a storm. In the event of a power outage, here are some tips:

  • Keep a supply of flashlights, powered lamps and new batteries handy. You should never use candles.
  • Keep cell phones charged through the storm and limit use during the power outage to emergency calls only.
  • Keep a supply of non-perishable can goods and bottled water in the home.
  • Know the route to designated emergency shelters.


While the above precautions are a great way to prep your home for winter, the best way to get ready for the months ahead is to call Michael & Son and schedule a free electrical inspection. And don't forget to ask about our generator services.

For more home improvement and home safety tips from Michael & Son, click here
 

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