Fall is a time for carving pumpkins and watching football, but as a homeowner, it would also be a good idea to make time to check up on your house's electrical system. Even if the system itself seems to be working fine, there are a number of things you can do around the house that will help keep your family safe all autumn long.
Make Sure Your Extension Cords Are Ready for the Halloween Lights
If your family likes plugging in holiday decorations during the fall and winter seasons, you should take some time to carefully inspect all of your extension cords and surge protectors now before you start plugging anything in. Any cords with visible signs of damage should be thrown away and replaced. Do not try to use duct tape or anything else to fix a damaged cord. Using a cord you know is damaged could increase the chances of a fire breaking out.
Be Aware of Moisture When You Are Outside
If you will be using anything electrical while outdoors, make sure you are doing so in a safe environment. If you have outdoor electrical outlets, make sure they are properly covered with a plastic casing in order to keep the rain away. Also, be mindful of where you are walking or standing as you move through your yard. All of the leaves on the ground can trap moisture in the dirt or even obscure a puddle from view. You don't want to step onto especially wet ground while using any kind of electrically-powered device.
Leaf Control Is Important
Speaking of those pesky leaves, you should get into a habit of regularly sweeping or raking them, especially if some are falling near any outdoor extension cords, power outlets, or anything else electrical. As previously mentioned, lingering wet leaves can cause a problem, but dry leaves can also be an issue. A stack of dry leaves can act like tinder if there is any kind of electrical spark. Keep your leaves raked and bagged so you don't have to worry about it.
Get an Inspection
You should ideally be getting your home's electrical system professionally inspected at least once or twice a year, and this autumn season is as good of a time as any. Research local electricians and contact one to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, make sure your extension cords and outlets are in good working condition and you should be able to get through the fall without issue.