Even though we don’t see the leaves change here in Southwest Florida– and let’s be real, the temperature either— the seasons are soon changing. This usually signifies that it’s time to start seasonal maintenance work to your home and yard, not to mention the impending busy holiday season. Southwest Florida Electric, along with the Electrical Safety Foundation want to remind you to keep electrical safety in mind as you make your way through your Fall to-do list. Here are some great tips to keep in mind.
- While we here in Florida may not have winter tools/summer tools to maintain, the change of season is a good time to check power cords on trimmers and other outdoor tools for wear. Replace excessively worn or frayed equipment immediately.
- Be sure any unused battery chargers are unplugged and stored properly.
- Keep any dry leaves swept away from outlets, light fixtures, and power cords.
- Use only outdoor rated extension cords, and plug them in to GFCI protected outlets or use a GFCI unit in series with your extension cord if you don’t have GFCI protected outlets. (If that’s the case, by the way, you should give us a call for information on updating those outlets!)
- Use only weatherproof electrical devices outdoors, and protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. If electrical equipment has gotten wet, be sure to have it inspected by a certified dealer before attempting to use it again.
- When trimming trees and cleaning gutters, be especially careful with your ladder and tools – watch for overhead lines!
- When planting new trees or installing any new outdoor landscaping or hardscaping, don’t forget to “Call before you DIG!” Dial 811 before you start, and the utilities company will come and mark where their lines are.
- Don’t run electrical cords under rugs and carpets. This may seem like a good way to avoid tripping hazards, but if the cord overheats, it could cause a fire.
- Don’t use any appliances or plug any electrical device in to a frayed, cut, or damaged cord. This could not only short out and permanently damage the device, it poses an electrocution and fire hazard.
- Never use any electrical appliance in or around the water. (Yes, this includes charging your phone or eReader while bathing!)
- Only use extension cords on a temporary basis; they are not meant to be used as permanent household wiring.
While you are working on your seasonal projects, keep us in mind when you decide to shed a little more light on your backyard or add some new outlets to pick up where the extension cords leave off.
We are offering 10% off labor service calls, so contact us, and don’t find yourself in a SHOCKING situation!