This is a time of year when many people probably use a lot more electricity, meaning that they will come into contact with many electrical items. We thought it would be appropriate then to present a few reminders on being safety conscious around such items. Here are a few of them:

If you are going to be working outside of the house on a roof or ladder, be very conscious of overhead power lines, and avoid doing work in that area. It is also wise to know the location of any underground power lines so as to avoid digging in the area.

A possible major issue this month might be the overloading of electrical outlets and extension cords. This could be very hazardous so be very careful not to do it.

If you have a history of rodents in the house, make sure to check all electrical cords for signs that they have not been chewed on by them. They are know to cause a lot of damage with electrical wiring.

With the cold temps comes the need for added heat. Ensure that any easily combustible items like curtains and clothing etc, are kept at least three feet away from space heaters.

It is essential to keep an eye on children to make sure they don’t play with any potentially dangerous electrical appliances or plug outlets. If there are very young children in the house. place safety plugs in all unused outlets.

We have heard this many times, but keeping electrical appliances away from anything wet such as a bathroom or wet floor, is very important when it comes to preventing electrocution.

It is important to us that you all stay as safe as possible this winter. If you are not sure about whether the electrical system in your home is safe.