Electrical Safety Tips For The Summer

by | May 7, 2018 | Hot Topics, Wiring

With summer right around the corner, it’s important to understand the several summer electrical safety hazards that you may not be aware of.

Our team of experienced electricians at All Suburban Electric have compiled a list of electrical safety tips for the summer.

With these tips in mind, you and your family with have a much safer summer!

Outdoor Hazards

There are many possible electrical safety hazards to avoid in the outdoors, and summer is the perfect time to make those aware of any potential hazards. 

For starters, walk around the outside of your home with your family and locate every telephone pole and electrical line.

In order to understand the dangers associated with outdoor electrical hazards, make sure you are aware of the following:

  • Assume at all times that any powers around your home are live and dangerous. Never play near or touch a power line with any part of your body or any other object whatsoever. If you see a downed power line, stay away and call your local utility company.
  • Never approach a downed power line for any reason. If a family member, a friend or a pet is near one, call 911 immediately – a team of professionals will come out and assist.
  • Never climb on or play near a utility pole.
  • Never throw or try to retrieve anything on a power line.
  • Avoid playing with kites and any other airborne toys near power lines. If you’re going to use flying devices, look for places like a park or an open field.
  • If you notice that any trees in your yard or neighborhood that are too close to power lines, call your local utility company about having them trimmed down or removed.

As you can see, there are many potential electrical hazards surrounding your home that you may not be aware of.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to be made aware of them.

Hazards Around Your Home

Water and electricity don’t mix well, and together they can make a deadly pairing.

Take the following summer electrical safety tips into consideration:

  • Summer is the perfect time to play your stereo outdoors, but remember to keep any electrical appliances away from water. That includes pools, sprinkler systems, bathtubs, etc.
  • If you are wet or standing in water, do not touch any electrical toy or appliance. Electricity travels through water at a rapid pace, which can cause an electrocution.
  • Make sure all electrical connections are grounded. If you’re not familiar with doing them yourself, contact us and one of our residential electricians can answer any questions.
  • Summer is the best time to clean up any loose wiring. Make sure your electrical circuits and outlets are in good shape.
  • In the event of an emergency, make sure you know where your circuit breakers are located.
  • If a cord is frayed or damaged, avoid plugging it in as it can cause possible sparks that lead to a fire.

If you have any questions about our electrical safety tips for the summer, don’t hesitate to call All Suburban Electric Company.

Don’t perform an in-home electrical job that you might not be familiar with.

Even the most simple jobs like installing a new outlet or a ceiling fan can be dangerous without the right experience. Contact us today. We are open 24 hours/7 days a week.