8 Winter Electrical Safety Tips

Jan. 30, 2019
These recommendations from Georgia Power could prevent an electrical fire in your home this winter.

The latest winter storm is forecasted to bring snow, sleet, and wind. In other words, it's a recipe for potential disaster, be it in the form of dicey travel conditions, dangerous temperatures and other weather-related damage.

If you're prepared to hunker down and wait out the storm, you may think you'll be fine. But just because you're inside doesn't mean you're warm — or safe. It's important to practice electrical safety all year long, but especially in the winter, as cold temperatures can create additional dangers for both you and others, such as those repair workers who are helping to restore power or firefighters who are trying to put out a blaze. 

Mother Nature, and the weather she brings, may be out of our control, but there are measures we can take to practice indoor electrical safety. One place to start is by  performing regular home checks of appliances and outlets. That's a simple way to catch potential fire hazards during the season, according to Atlanta-based Georgia Power.

Home checks means conducting a thorough walk through of potential problems throughout your home, such as daisy chained electrical cords, as well as conducting a quick walk around the house for any appliances that are running or plugged in before going to bed or leaving the house. For example, space heaters can offer temporary warmth, but if left unattended for a period of time, they can also cause lasting damage. 

The good news is that there are many simple habits, swaps and alternatives to help you stay dry, warm and safe this winter. 

Georgia Power offers eight tips for electrical fire prevention and tools for home safety. Click through the slide show to learn more. 

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