Spring cleaning? Don’t forget about electrical safety!

It’s that time of year when homeowners are itching to get out of their homes to start working on projects around the yard. Whether or not you are making spring cleaning a priority this season, it is a good time to take notice of any electrical hazards that you could address to ensure your family’s safety.

Indoor Electrical Safety

During the winter months, it’s easy for cords to get misplaced or collect some dust. Take the time to move extension cords out of high traffic areas of the home to avoid a tripping hazard and decide whether they are still useful to you. 

Inspect cords, plugs and outlets to ensure everything is in good working condition. Damaged or worn out cables can turn into a real fire or electrocution hazard. Avoid electrocution dangers by having an electrical professional install GFCIs.

To help prevent home fires, clean appliances you may have neglected that might have buildup of things like food debris, oil and dust. An example of this buildup is in your stove’s exhaust hood. To clean it: remove the hood, clean the filter, use a degreaser on any exposed surfaces and replace the hood.

Last, but certainly not least, test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check that you have detectors installed outside of all rooms in your home, ensuring the safety of everyone in the home.

Outdoor Electrical Safety

Always call before you dig. Make a plan before beginning any major project in your yard. Start by calling 811.The professionals there will mark any potential dangers on your property, like buried wires, piping, or gas and water mains located where you plan to dig.

Whether you are trimming trees or clearing out the gutters, if using a ladder always be sure to look up and out. Ensure your safety and the safety of those around you by staying at least 10 feet away from power lines when working outside.

Inspect power tools and outdoor appliances before using them. The long winter months could have left some wear and tear, and the risk of electrical dangers is too high to avoid taking a few minutes to check for a frayed cord.

When working outdoors, keep electrical cords and tools away from water, even wet grass. Remember water and electricity do not mix! Use caution when working with electricity in conditions such as wet grass.

Above all, continue to practice good electrical safety all year round!