Electrical Safety Tips for Fall

The weather is starting to get cooler, and as summer rolls into fall, York Electrical Services, your local electrician in Northern Colorado wants to remind everyone of ways they can keep their homes safe from fires!

Check your smoke detectors—you should test your smoke detectors twice a year—once in the spring, once in the fall. In addition, remember that smoke detectors are designed to last 10 years. If yours is older than that, it’s highly recommended that you install a new one.

Check carbon monoxide (CO) detectors—having a smoke detector isn’t enough anymore; if you want to keep your family totally safe, you need to also install a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and highly toxic gas that can be deadly even in small amounts and can be released by any faulty gas appliance, including furnaces and fireplaces.

Inspect your extension cords—with the holidays coming up, you’re going to want to make sure your extension cords are in good shape and not damaged or frayed. Any extension cords you’re planning on using outdoors should be weather-rated.

Protect your outdoor electrical systems—any outdoor electrical outlets should be GFCI outlets and covered by to keep the elements out.

Install arc fault circuit interrupters—Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI) are designed to detect an unintended electrical arc and disconnect the power before an electrical fire can start.  They are the safest way to protect a home from the risk of electrical fire.

If you’re at all concerned with your home’s electrical safety this year, don’t take chances call John York! He can upgrade your home’s electrical in any way you need, from installing smoke detectors and adding outlets to a full panel upgrade. Don’t gamble on fire safety, call us today at 970-632-0323

 

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