Water and electricity
Electrical systems are one of the biggest worries of many smart homeowners, mainly because they understand the risks that winter snow and rains can bring. We all know that water and electricity don’t mix – ever. So in order to protect your property and your family from the dangers of electricity this cold and wet season, here are some things worth considering.
Start from the Outside
Check that no electrical wires are hanging too close to trees on your backyard or front lawn. This is very important because trees at this time of the year can be very heavy with snow, and the excessive weight can greatly damage the wires. If you see this kind of situation, it is best to inform your local electric company. Also, if your electrical boxes are located outside, like the shed for instance, be sure to take precaution like checking their covers and panels, and make sure that you keep them from getting overly wet.
Inspect the Attic
The attic is usually where leaks start, flowing down to the beam and floorboards or seeping through walls where electrical wirings run. If you see signs of leaks like water marks or stains, get a roofing contractor to help fix the leak for you.
Install a Surge Protector
Surge protectors play a very important role in preventing fires, not only during thunderstorms but also during winter. If you don’t have a surge protector yet, call a licensed electrician to install one for you. If you do have one, be sure that they are installed properly and in good working condition.
Check Electrical Wirings and Cords
Electrical wiring are prone to damage during winter because of excessive moisture on the air. If you notice any moisture buildup on the walls, near the outlets and so on, be sure to dry them up quickly. If you’re worried that the moisture has already reached your electrical outlets, contact a professional electrician for help. While you’re at it, have the wires checked for any signs of gnawing from mice or rodent infestation, since these too can be the cause of fires.
Be Cautious of Overloads
Electrical fires can also be caused by overloading your electrical systems, which is usually what happens during winter where households use more electricity for heating systems and extra Christmas lights. Where possible, adhere to the safety measures implemented by your electric company, minimizing the use of excessive lighting and unsafe use of extension cords.