Winter weather can cause a number of household electrical issues. Being mindful of the problems that rain, snow, and heavy winds can cause is important, both for your comfort and your safety throughout the season. Here is how to avoid three common issues that might otherwise require the attention of an electrician.
Common Electrical Issues That Occur in the Winter
1. Power Outages
Freezing rain, occasional snowfall, and heavy winds can all affect homeowners. Often, these outages are widespread enough to affect entire neighborhoods, and it can take anywhere from a short period to several days to resolve. If you use a backup generator, be sure to operate it in a well-ventilated area away from doors, vents, and windows. Since faulty systems may also contribute to outages, hire an electrician to assess the condition of your home’s wiring, outlets, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
2. Tripped Breakers
Your electrical outlets work much harder during winter. They’re supporting everything from holiday lights to outdoor decorations to space heaters. But overloading the circuits can pose a threat to the system, especially if you live in an old home that was not designed to support the modern homeowner’s needs. An electrician can add more amperage to your home to reduce the possibility of tripped breakers and short circuits throughout the season.
3. Electrical Fires
The risk of an electrical fire increases during winter. This is largely due to an increase in power consumption, especially in devices such as space heaters, heating pads, and electric blankets. Avoid using extension cords, which may prevent the circuit breaker from finding an overheating appliance and tripping to prevent a fire. If you plan to hang holiday lights, make sure that they’re in good condition, as frayed wires can cause a fire.
If you’re concerned about your wiring or want to confirm that your system is prepared for winter, turn to the team at George’s Electric in Port Orchard, WA. The licensed and insured electricians offer a variety of services designed to improve the condition of your system while ensuring your safety. The lighting contractors can assess your fixtures, install a generator to see you through an outage, and handle all types of electrical repairs. Visit them online for information or call (360) 895-9482 to schedule an appointment.