3 Electrical Safety Tips For The Fall
Now that fall is officially upon us, most homeowners are taking some time to get out of the house and enjoy the many different things that make the fall season so enjoyable. Whether you enjoy the changing colors of the leaves, the milder temperatures, or all of the upcoming holidays, fall really does have something for everyone. However, it can be easy to forget about things that need to be done around the house with so much going on. Your electrical system, in particular, is one aspect of your home that can always benefit from a bit of attention, especially as we move further into fall. Your electrical system is one of the most important components of your entire home, and making sure that it gets the care it needs to safely and effectively power your home is something that should always be high up on your list of priorities. To help ensure that your electrical system gets the kind of care it needs this fall, our team of skilled Escondido electricians have taken the time to put together this short list of helpful tips that you can follow to improve the safety of your home this fall and winter season.
Get An Electrical Safety Inspection
Not that fall is officially underway, it means that holiday decorating isn’t far off. In fact, many homeowners have already started stringing up lights and various decorations for Halloween. If you are one of the many homeowners out there who loves decorating and lighting up your home during the holidays, an electrical safety inspection is one of the most important investments you can make this season.
Holiday lighting and other decorations can drastically increase the electrical load on your system, and if your system is a bit older or already near capacity, it could lead to shorts, sparking, and overloading, all of which can be quite dangerous for your home. To ensure that your home is ready for this increased electrical load, get a professional to do a proper electrical safety inspection and ensure everything is up-to-date and working the way it should be.
Install GFCI Outlets
While many homes already have GFCI outlets in place, many older homes with outdated electrical systems often don’t, and this can be quite dangerous. GFCI outlets are absolutely essential for any outlets that are going to be near water, including in your bathrooms, your kitchen, and any outdoor areas, and are required in most cases by modern electrical codes. Since you are likely going to be making fairly regular use of these outlets over the coming months, especially as the holidays start getting into full swing, now is a good time to take stock of whether or not you have GFCI outlets in place around your home where needed, and if not, it’s a good time to have them installed.
Outdoor Lighting Installation
As we get further and further into fall, daylight hours are going to get shorter and shorter, and with visiting family and friends coming and going in the late afternoon and nighttime hours, having effective outdoor lighting can be a great help in making your property safer to traverse for those who might not be as intimately familiar with its layout like you. Not only will outdoor lighting make it safer to move around your property in the dark, but it can also be a great way to help ward off would-be thieves and intruders over the holiday season if you plan on leaving town for any length of time.