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What are the most important electrical safety tips for winter weather?
What are the most important electrical safety tips for winter weather? To keep your electrics, and your property safe this winter, you should consider:
- Making sure all external boxes, plugs and panels are covered with the right level of protection required to prevent elemental damage. Frost, snow, hail, wind and rain can all be detrimental to any exterior power sources or circuits, leading to electrical failure, as well as potential electrical fire risks.
- Exterior lighting maintenance, especially security lighting maintenance. During the winter months, more dirt and debris can block the lens and this can prevent the lights from working correctly. If the lighting is motion activated, it can become even more important to keep lenses and sensor areas clean and clear. You may also need to consider increasing the intensity of the lighting to ensure the outdoor space is lit well enough in the dark winter evenings.
- Switching off all plugged in electrical appliances at night to prevent any electrical fires starting due to power surges, or wear and tear faults.