As the weather warms, it’s important to remember that summer brings with it a number of electrical safety risks that you may not be aware of. Here at Comet Electric, we have compiled a list of summer electrical safety tips for you and your family. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll have a much safer summer!
Make use of outdoor extension cords.
Outdoor extension cords are designed to withstand elements such as water and heat. Normal extension cords, on the other hand, pose a significant electrical risk if exposed to these conditions.
Power lines and electrical substations should be avoided.
Keep a safe distance from power lines and electrical substations. Touching a power line with a toy or a stick can cause a fatal shock. If a power line has been brought down by a lightning strike or another force, contact your utility company immediately.
Lightning should be avoided.
Summer storms can arrive almost unexpectedly. To avoid dangerous lightning strikes, always go inside at the first sign of a thunderstorm.
Keep appliances away from water
Always dry off before touching an electrical device because water acts as a conductor and can cause a fatal shock. Furthermore, never plug in an appliance while it is wet or place a device in a location where it could come into contact with pool or bathtub water.
Set up GFCI outlets
Grounded fault circuit interrupter outlets accept three-prong plugs and have a safety reset feature. They are safer than standard outlets because they immediately turn off power if they detect a problem with the output or input.
Avoid using extension cords for large appliances.
Extension cords are extremely useful for plugging in lamps or televisions. They are not, however, intended for use with large appliances such as refrigerators, dryers, or air conditioners.
Make it a safe summer with Comet Electric
Whatever your electrical needs are, our dependable experts are here to assist you whenever you need them. Comet Electric can ensure that your electrical system is in good working order, allowing you to focus on more important matters, such as enjoying your summer.