As temperatures will drop to freezing throughout the next week, KPUB issues reminder about potential electrical hazards while trying to stay warm.
Below are some important safety tips to avoid common electrical hazards during the winter season:
• Never fold your electrical blankets, tuck them into other blankets while in use, or place anything on top of them because it could cause overheating.
• Be sure to inspect the electrical cords to look for cracks or frayed cords.
• Consider staying warm with layers, warm jackets and sweaters or blankets.
• If you must connect to a generator for electricity, consult an electrician before you bring one home to determine the proper equipment and set up.
• Follow the directions supplied with the generator. Never try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet, otherwise known as “backfeeding.”
• Make sure to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they’re properly working.
• Check your batteries and change the batteries every six months.
• Don’t overload outlets.
• Be mindful of how many appliances you’re connecting to an extension cord.