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Tips to Keep Your Electrical System Working Safely Year Round

Tips to Keep Your Electrical System Working Safely Year Round

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Your home’s electrical system is one of the most used ones in your home. Because it’s so important, don’t you want to make sure that things are running smoothly? If you need electrical work done, it’s best to leave it to the professionals at Ryan Gath Electric. Your electrical system is complex, and should only be touched by a licensed electrician. However, there are a few things that you can do on your own to keep things working properly and safely. Here are some safety tips for your home – both indoors and out:

Electrical Safety Indoors

  • Unplug chargers. Did you know that your battery chargers continue to pull a trickle of electricity through the wires even if you’re not actively charging your electronics? Unplugging them from the wall completely offers one less opportunity for a fire to start–plus saves money on your next energy bill!
  • Make space for electrical features. Ensure that your electrical outlets are clear of furniture or clothing that could potentially cause a spark or burn if they got hot enough.
  • Get the right bulbs. Lighting fixtures are rated for specific bulb wattages, and exceeding that wattage requirement can cause an overload on your wiring, just as one with inadequate power can cause damage. 
  • Replace damaged cords. Damaged cords are prone to cause shock, short circuits or even fire. If you see any wear and tear or fraying, choose to replace over making any home repairs. 
  • Use a GCFI. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (or GCFIs) are commonly used in outlets, and can immediately shut off electric power to reduce the risk of electric shock or fires. 
  • Test smoke and CO detectors. An easy way to remember when you need to test your carbon dioxide and smoke detectors is that they should be tested and batteries replaced with each change of the seasons!

Electrical Safety Outdoors

Summer isn’t over yet! There’s still plenty of time left to spend outdoors. Here in New England, we love  fall just as much as summer. It’s not too hot and not yet to cold. No matter which one you prefer, there are still electrical safety features to consider outside of your home, as well as inside. Whether you are gardening, mowing the lawn, or lounging out by the pool, you need to be careful when using electricity. Here are a few ways that you can help stay safe while enjoying your time outdoors! 

  • Keep cords, wires, and electrical equipment dry. Pools, hoses, sprinkler systems – even rainy days can damage your outdoor electrical components if they aren’t properly maintained or protected. They should all be kept separate and stored safely when not in use.  
  • Check for damages. This is especially important for power tools and electric lawnmowers, as frayed wires, loose connections, and other areas of wear and tear can be a safety hazard. Hold off on using these tools until you have them repaired. Any broken or cracked tools or appliances can be dangerous. If they are beyond repair, have them replaced as soon as possible.
  • Be careful digging. If you’re planning to dig around your home, you should leave it to the professionals. Some areas have underground cables, and most of your plumbing is located underground as well.
  • Always unplug outdoor tools and appliances when they’re not in use. Make sure to store them properly and safely afterwards. 
  • Landscape lighting. It not only helps to light the way for you, it increases home security. It also adds curb appeal! Ryan Gath Electric can set up your landscape lighting to not only keep you safe, but to add value to your home.
  • Falling trees. Heavy winds and rain can knock down branches, causing them to take out nearby power lines. If this happens, stay as far away as possible. Downed power lines can still be live, and there’s no way to tell just by looking at it. Call emergency services as soon as you notice a downed line.
  • Power line safety. If you’re doing work to your home, it’s important to keep your distance from power lines above. Whether you’re trimming a tree, using a ladder, or working on your roof, stay at least 10 feet away.

We want to make sure you’re electrical system and appliances are working safe year round! If you have questions, or to book a service, call Ryan Gath Electric today. 

By Maggie Tobin

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