Archive for November, 2014

Seasonal Electrical Tipsby Amie Allen • November 6th, 2014

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Outdoo‚Äčr Outlets
Outdoor outlets should have waterproof covers. If moisture gets into outlets a shock hazard results. Standard outdoor outlets should be replaced with GFCI’s.

Generators
Standby generators can come in handy during storm-related outages. However, be sure that your generator is installed by a qualified electrician.

LIGHT FOR SAFETY
As days grow short, make sure outdoor lighting is in good working order. Good lighting can protect you against crime and falls or accidents caused by darkness. Inspect fixtures and outlets for weather damage and replace burnt-out bulbs.

LOOK UP
When cleaning gutters, installing storm windows, picking apples, or harvesting fall crops, avoid overhead power lines. Before you work, look up from your work area to inspect for overhead power lines.

As an extra safety measure, plan your maintenance work when someone else is at home.

Carbon monoxide isn’t the only danger associated with autumn, which is also a peak period for fires. To simplify home safety measures this season:

GET A SENSOR:
During cold weather, your furnace will be running and your windows will be closed, so you should install a carbon monoxide detector near your home’s bedrooms.

SERVICE FURNACE:
Before the heating season, a qualified heating technician should service your furnace to ensure that it will operate safely and efficiently.

CHECK THE CHIMNEY:
Inspect your chimney to make sure it is unobstructed. Because many furnaces vent into the chimney, it must be free of debris to allow products of combustion to vent to the outside atmosphere. If you will be burning wood in a fireplace, have the chimney inspected to make sure it is in good condition and free of creosote buildup.

CLEAR THE AREA:
Make sure the area around your furnace is clear for good air circulation. Keep all flammable materials, such as clothing, cardboard boxes, paint thinners, fuels and solvents, far away from the furnace.

NEVER HEAT WITH AN OVEN:
On chilly autumn mornings, avoid the temptation to warm the kitchen with a gas range or an open oven door. The unvented products of combustion can quick ly build to toxic levels.

WATCH SPACE HEATERS:
Be cautious with portable heaters or space heaters, making sure to follow manufacturer instructions for safe venting and use. Place them at least three feet away from any combustibles, such as wallpaper, bedding, draperies, clothing and furniture. Never leave them operating when you are away from the room or asleep. Don’t leave children or pets unattended with space heaters, and never use them to dry clothing, shoes or mittens.

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