Avoiding Common Electrical Hazards during the Winter Months

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by admin No Comments

With the days getting colder and darker during the winter months, we’re beginning to use a lot more electrical appliances; this comes with safety risks. Below, we’ve given you our top tips to avoid common electrical hazards during winter.

Portable Heaters

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Portable heaters can be great as the days are getting a lot colder during the winter months. However, they can be one of the most common appliances for electrical hazards, if not used correctly. When using a portable heater, avoid placing them in enclosed spaces or under a table. They can often melt insulation around appliances or cause fires if not placed in an open space. Remember to turn the heater off when you’re not using it.

Turn Off Appliances

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As always, one of our safety tips is to turn off your electrical appliances when not in use. In the winter months, we tend to use a lot more electrical appliances, especially lights. Particularly during the festive period, many people have lots of lights to decorate both the inside and outside of their house. If you’re not at home or they don’t need to be in use, turn them off.

Don’t Overload Circuits

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Again, this is another tip you should use all year round, but particularly during the winter months when we’re using a lot more electrical appliances, and that tip is don’t overload electrical circuits. Unless absolutely necessary, avoid the use of extensions leads. Place appliances as near to a plug as possible to avoid the need for an extension lead.

Electrical Inspection

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To ensure that all of your appliances and electric circuits are in full working order, book an electrical inspection from a professional. This will ensure that you avoid any electrical hazards from faults that you were not aware of.

To find out more about electrical hazards, or to book an electrical inspection, give First Strike Electrical a call on 0203 633 4536. Alternatively, fill out a contact form on our website and a member of the team will be in touch as soon as possible.

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