Friday, April 28, 2017
Wired for Disaster?
Protect yourself from electricity outdoors. Electricity travels to your home over a vast network of transmission and distribution power lines. Touching these lines – or anything that touches them – poses a danger of electric shock.
Trees and power lines – Trees are natural conductors of electricity. Don’t plant or climb trees near lines. Leave tree trimming and pruning around power lines to professionals.
Outdoor work – Be careful with your equipment and tools. If an aluminum ladder comes close to a “live” wire, electricity can leap to that conductor. Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder for outdoor work.
Electric tools and equipment – Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters with your outdoor outlets. If a tool falls into water, unplug it before retrieving it. Use only extension cords marked “For Outdoor Use.”
Underground utilities – Underground utility line dangers are the same as overhead lines. A call to your utility company can help you locate the lines.
Downed power lines – Downed power lines are very serious hazards. Stay away from them – and from puddles or fences near the wires.
Conduct a Home Checkup This Spring
Regular home maintenance keeps small repairs from becoming large, expensive ones. Conducting a home checkup biannually can help you detect problems; we can do this for you.
A faulty electrical system can create hazards for your family. Make sure lamp cords, extension cords, appliance cords and plugs are in good condition. Look for any exposed wires, wires with cracked insulation and signs of wear in the service box. Also, check ground fault circuit interrupters monthly or after an electrical storm. If fuses blow frequently, give us a call.
Applying Common Sense to Appliance Safety
Home electrical fires are dangerous business. Some occur simply because of mishandling, misuse and poor maintenance of appliances.
Follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions when using an appliance. Discard appliances that spark, smoke or overheat. Pay attention to unusual smells or sounds. If anything’s amiss, turn off and unplug the appliance.
Clothes dryers account for almost 13,000 residential fires annually. One of the leading factors in these fires is the failure to clean. Remove lint from traps, vents and surrounding areas routinely. Increased heat can cause components to malfunction or to spark.