Winters in Virginia Beach are often piercingly cold, with average temperatures far below freezing, and homeowners might be tempted to crank up the heat and plug in their space heaters, heated blankets, and other such warming devices. However, it’s important to be mindful of not overloading your electrical system or engaging in other hazardous behaviors. Here are a few simple tips to help keep you and your family safe this winter:
Limit Space Heater Usage, and Follow Instructions
Space heaters can be a wonderful way to stay toasty in the winter, as long as they’re used correctly. They should remain unobstructed and at a safe distance from furniture and cloth, such as curtains. Heaters should also be used only when needed. Plugging in too many at once can overload your circuits and leaving a heater unattended is a big fire hazard.
Limit Electric Blanket Usage and Examine Regularly
If you notice any damaged areas on your electric blanket, it is no longer safe to use. Additionally, electric blankets should only be used to keep you comfortable in moments of excessive cold and should never be used for sleep. During sleep your movements may cause crimping in the inner wires, leading to possible sparks and even fire.
Ensure All Carbon Monoxide And Smoke Detectors Operational
During the cold months, most people are likely to stay indoors in relatively insulated conditions, allowing smoke or carbon monoxide to build up more quickly in the event that these are released in your home. Many of the appliances used in the winter, such as the space heaters and electric blankets discussed above, can become fire hazards, and carbon monoxide can be produced by heating systems in your home. A functional alarm system is critical to keeping you safe.
For more information on how to reduce your risk of facing expensive or dangerous electrical problems over the winter, contact Nipper Electric at 757-842-1710.