Fall is the perfect time of year to do some of those outdoor chores to prepare your home for winter. Take some time to follow these safety tips to make sure you’re ready for cooler weather:
• Inspect your extension cords. Once the holidays come around, you’ll most likely need to use your extension cords in order to plug in all of your holiday lights and decorations. Check your extension cords for damage and make sure that any extension cords you use outdoors are weather-rated.
• Sweep dry leaves. When the leaves begin falling from your trees, be sure to sweep them away from any outdoor outlets, light fixtures, and power cords. Dry leaves can easily catch fire if hit with a spark of some kind. You should also keep your outdoor air conditioning unit clean and clear of any fall debris.
• Be careful when using electrical devices outdoors. Make sure that any electrical devices used outside are weatherproof. If you have outdoor electrical outlets, then they should be GFCI outlets that are covered by bubble covers to keep rain out and to protect users against potential shocks.
• Test your smoke alarms. Since you’ll be using more of your electrical devices and appliances as the weather gets colder, make sure that all of your smoke alarms are in working order. This ensures that if an electrical fire breaks out, you and your family will be properly warned.