Gillece Electrical Services Promotes Electrical Safety this Holiday Season

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With an increased use of lights, heat sources, appliances, electronics, and other devices, homeowners may face a greater risk of electrical dangers.

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As the holidays approach, Gillece Services helps homeowners to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their homes from electrical hazards common to this time of year. With an increased use of lights, heat sources, appliances, electronics, and other devices, homeowners may face a greater risk of electrical dangers. Gillece provides homeowners with information on how to stay safe during the holiday season in addition to providing safety devices for use year-round.

Widely used during the holidays, lighting is one common electrical hazard that Gillece helps homeowners to be smart about. Dangers are often related to the overuse or improper use of indoor and outdoor decorative lighting in particular. Lights may pose a threat if they are used while damaged or used incorrectly. Homeowners are advised to use indoor lights inside only, outdoor extension cords outside, and to pay attention to the designated labels for each. Gillece also offers options for adding additional sources of electricity, especially if an extension cord is being used in a home as a permanent solution.

Gillece Electrical Services reminds homeowners that for outdoor extension cords and outdoor lighting, the circuits they are plugged into should be GFCI protected. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are designed to protect people from electrical shock by shutting off power to the circuit when a change in electrical current is detected. GFCIs are commonly used in areas associated with water, such as the bathroom, as well as outside. Gillece Services can install GFCIs wherever they are needed in a home for continual electrical protection.

Gillece also provides protection for valuable electronics in a home. Computers, televisions, gaming systems, and other devices can be protected by surge protectors, which can save homeowners the expense of replacing damaged items and the inconvenience of losing them. Gillece can install surge protectors for multiple devices in a home, including furnaces and air conditioners. Surge protectors protect against power surges, which cause damage either gradually or at once, resulting in a device’s total malfunction. Gillece recommends including surge protection with any new electronic or appliance.

Gillece is there for its customers year-round to help them avoid overloading their circuits and to have their circuit breaker panel upgraded if necessary. During the holiday season, Gillece advises plugging only one high-power device in a receptacle at a time to avoid overload and potential fire. Electrical safety devices provided by Gillece help homeowners to stay protected during the holidays and throughout the year.

For over 30 years, Gillece has been the Pittsburgh area’s one-stop-shop for Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical, Waterproofing, Indoor Air Quality, and Water Quality services. Gillece provides services to Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Additional holiday safety tips are available at http://esfi.org/.

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