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:


Safety tips:
• 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.


Safety tips:
• Never leave candles unattended and make sure they’re not near any items that are highly flammable.
• Consider using battery-operated candles around your home to reduce fire risk.

Electrical Outlets

Safety tips:
• 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.”

Safety tips:
• 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.