Home Electrical Safety for When Winter Weather Hits

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Service professional, Mr. Electric, provides electrical safety tips

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When replacing carbon monoxide detectors, it is important to check the expiration date because older model detectors typically have a life span of two years.

Severe winter weather can cause a lot of problems for homeowners. Aside from clearing the snow from roofs, driveways and vehicles, homeowners should make sure the rest of their home and property are protected when winter weather arrives. Mr. Electric has important winter electrical maintenance tips every homeowner should know.

Lights
Light fixtures should only have the correct bulb with the proper wattage. This prolongs the life of both fixtures and bulbs as well as prevents fire. Outdoor fixtures should be inspected for rust and frayed wiring.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly for reliability and the batteries should be replaced annually. Check the expiration dates. Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years. When replacing carbon monoxide detectors, it is important to check the expiration date because older model detectors typically have a life span of two years. Newer models typically require replacement every five to six years.

Outdoor electrical outlets
Severe weather can have an effect on homes. Before and after a winter storm, be sure to check outdoor outlets, cords, and extensions for damage. Any outdoor fixtures showing frayed wires should be replaced.

Backup generators
Home generators should have routine generator maintenance. Keep the area around the generator clean, change oil as recommended by the manufacturer, and routinely check electrical wires, buttons, bolts, connections, elements, and the ground for functionality and safety. An annual professional maintenance and calibration is recommended.

Electrical Panel Maintenance
Older electrical panels should be inspected by a service professional. Older electrical panels can have multiple issues including improper wiring and over sized or undersized breakers. If updated appliances have been added to an older home, the electrical wiring and panel should be inspected by a certified electrician.

For more information on home electrical safety, visit mrelectric.com.

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