Seasonal Electric Safety Checklist
Fall is the perfect time to wrap up yardwork, home improvements, and other honey-do list items. But you might have overlooked a critical component of any home: electric safety. Follow this 6-point checklist to make sure your home’s electric is running efficiently before winter months hit. You can complete most of these on a Saturday afternoon, and still have time for the big game!
- Flip the Switch
Here’s a simple way to keep your circuit breaker in top shape. On the first day of fall, turn the breaker on and off. This prevents it from becoming stuck. Once a year will do, so add it to your fall checklist!
- Check Your Dryer Vent
Accumulated lint can quickly turn into a big fire hazard for your home. If you spot debris accumulating around the vent, it’s time to clean it.
- Stash the AC Equipment
Now is the time of year to unplug AC units, fans, and other cooling appliances in your home. Simply unplugging unused appliances – known as energy vampires – can reduce yearly electric use by up to 10%. Don’t forget to check ceiling fans for loose bolts, too.
- Lights Out
As the sun sets earlier and earlier, you might find yourself using lamps and lighting more frequently. Replace old incandescent bulbs with energy efficient halogen, CFL and LED bulbs. Some residential LED’s use at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting! Talk to a Mr. Sparky electrician about whole-house LED conversion. We even offer Wi-Fi options that allow you to control LED lights from your smartphone or tablet!
- Test for Fire Safety
Smoke detectors should be tested every month to ensure they are working properly. Be sure to check before you get too busy during the holidays! Detectors should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. Mr. Sparky electricians are happy to install or test your smoke detectors!
- Check Your Carbon
The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases significantly in winter. That’s because people are using heating systems, water heaters, and any other gas, oil, wood, or coal appliances in colder months. Be proactive: Install and test detectors before you turn on the heating equipment.
Ask your Mr. Sparky electrician about placing carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Even if we don’t install or place them, we are happy to test them to ensure your family stays safe.
Concerned about fire safety, electric code compliance, and other electrical issues? Count on Mr. Sparky to troubleshoot your most problematic issues. See safety inspection and troubleshooting services.