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Fall Electrical Safety Tips for Homeowners

Keep your family safe with these fall electrical safety tips.

The weather around Metro Denver is starting to cool off. As the temperatures begin dropping, you’re going to be depending more on electric appliances and the systems they control.

Each season of the year brings changes to the weather and our activities. Therefore, the type of electrical hazards you may be likely to encounter changes with the seasons.

This fall it’s important to stay focused on electrical safety around the home to keep your family safe and comfortable.

This autumn protect your family from the dangers of electric shock and fires.

With many activities starting to move back indoors in the fall, it’s important to keep electrical safety in mind. Here are some safety suggestions to be aware of:

  • If there are young children in the house, make sure unused outlets have safety covers installed.
  • Check outlets for loose plugs, which can overheat and cause a fire.
  • Test ground fault circuits (GFC) outlets to ensure they reset properly when pressing the test button.
  • Use caution with space heaters and read the instructions carefully
  • Test smoke detectors and CO detectors and change batteries as needed
  • Make sure electrical cords are in good condition. Never use tape to fix a damaged electrical cord, always replace the cord.
  • If you are frequently resetting circuit breakers, call Electri-Serve to inspect the circuit and upgrade your electrical panel if necessary.

In addition to the suggestions above, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers more home electrical safety tips for fall.

  • Safely store warm weather tools like lawnmowers and trimmers.
  • Check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
  • Unplug and safely store battery chargers that won’t be in use again until spring.
  • Use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Make sure wet electrical equipment is inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer.
  • Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets, and power cords.
  • Make sure electric blankets are in good repair and certified by an independent testing lab such as UL, CSA, or ETL. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked, or cut.
  • Do not tuck your electric blanket under mattresses or children, and do not put anything, such as comforters or bedspreads, on top of the blanket while it is in use.
  • Never allow pets to sleep on an electric blanket.

Read more home electrical safety tips from ESFI.

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