Stay Safe During The Summer: Electrical Safety Tips
Warm weather means that you and your family will be spending more time outdoors. Because of this, you should always know the potential hazards of outdoor energy usage.
Use Outdoor Extension Cords
Outdoor extension cords are made to handle elements like water and heat. However, normal extension cords pose a major electrical threat if exposed to these conditions.
Avoid Power Lines and Electrical Substations
Always stay away from power lines and electrical substations. Even touching a power line with a toy or stick can deliver a deadly shock. If a lightning strike or other force has brought down a power line, call your utility company right away.
Be Wary of Lightning
Summer storms can approach nearly without warning. Always go inside at the first sign of thunderstorms to avoid dangerous lightning strikes.
On especially hot and sticky days, you might prefer to stay inside in the refreshing air conditioning. However, electrical disasters can still strike if you are not prepared.
Keep Appliances Away from Water
Always make sure to dry off before touching an electrical device, as water acts as a conductor and can produce a deadly shock. Additionally, never plug in an appliance while wet or place a device where it can come into contact with pool or bathtub water.
Install GFCI Outlets
Ground fault circuit interrupter outlets allow for three-prong plugs and include a safety reset feature. They are safer than normal outlets, as they shut off power right away if they sense a problem in the output or input.
Avoid Extension Cords for Big Appliances
Extension cords are a major convenience for plugging in lamps or televisions. However, they are not intended to be used for major appliances like refrigerators, dryers, or air conditioners.
Tips for Kids
Kids love to run and play outdoors. However, if you do not educate them of potential electrical hazards, their innocent playtime could turn deadly.
Stay Away from Trees Near Power Lines
Climbing trees is a fun pastime for children, but not when power lines are involved. Even if the line is not touching the tree directly, the child's weight could cause a branch to touch the line.
Fly Kites Away from Power Lines
Kites often have a mind of their own, which can mean they might veer into nearby power lines. Avoid this by only flying in open fields.
Play with Toys Away from the Sprinkler
It may be tempting for your child to play on their laptop or other electrical toy while playing with the sprinkler. This is a very dangerous practice and could lead to electrocution.
If you have any more questions about how to prepare your home for summer usage, do not hesitate to call David Gray Electrical Services. Our experienced electricians can give you advice and help fix any electrical issues you might have.