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    Top 5 Summer Electrical Fire Safety Tips

    by VitalStorm Marketing on May 2, 2024

    As summer approaches, you’re likely starting to spend more time outdoors. Barbecues, pool parties, and other fun-filled activities take up a lot of our time in the summer! However, it’s crucial to remember that with the warmer weather comes an increased risk of electrical fires. And, with Memorial Day just right around the corner, it’s important to address this. From overloading outlets to neglecting basic safety precautions, there are various factors that can spark a dangerous blaze during the summer months. To ensure your summer stays sizzling in all the right ways, here are the top five electrical fire safety tips to keep in mind:

    1. Mind Your Plugs

    Overloading electrical outlets can lead to disastrous consequences. With the abundance of gadgets, fans, and other electrical devices we tend to use during summer, it’s easy to plug in more than what an outlet can handle. Avoid the temptation to daisy-chain extension cords or power strips, and never plug multiple high-wattage appliances into the same outlet. Spread out your devices across different outlets to prevent overheating and potential fire hazards.

    2. Stay Clear of Water

    Summer fun often involves water activities, whether it’s a quick dip in the pool or a water balloon fight in the backyard. But mixing electricity and water is a recipe for disaster. Ensure all outdoor outlets and electrical appliances are kept far away from water sources. Never handle electrical devices, no matter what, with wet hands. You also should never operate them near pools, sprinklers, or any other water source. When using electrical appliances outdoors, opt for those specifically designed for outdoor use and always make sure they are plugged into Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent shocks.

    3. Grill with Caution

    Barbecues are synonymous with summer, but they can also pose a significant fire hazard if not used safely. When firing up the grill, make sure it’s placed a safe distance away any flammable materials, as well as your home and deck railings. Keep children and pets away from the grill area and never leave it unattended while in use. Regularly clean your grill in order to prevent grease buildup, as this can ignite and cause fires. And always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use and maintenance.

    4. Be Wary of Gasoline and Flammable Liquids

    Whether you’re mowing the lawn, fueling up the lawnmower, or storing gasoline for your outdoor equipment, it’s essential to handle flammable liquids with care. Store gasoline and other flammable liquids in approved containers in a well-ventilated area away from heat sources and direct sunlight. Refuel outdoor equipment such as lawnmowers and trimmers in a well-ventilated outdoor space, and never do so while the engine is still hot.

    5. Stay Alarmed

    Last but certainly not least, ensure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are your first line of defense in the event of a fire, alerting you and your family to danger so you can evacuate safely. Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries annually or according to manufacturer recommendations. Additionally, consider installing interconnected smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one alarm detects smoke, all alarms will sound, providing maximum early warning protection.

    Contact Kanon Electric for All Your Electrical Needs in Milton, WA and the Surrounding Areas

    So, there you have it! As you gear up for a summer filled with sun-soaked adventures and outdoor festivities, remember that safety should always be a top priority. By following these simple yet crucial electrical fire safety tips, you can help ensure that your summer remains bright, cheerful, and free from the threat of electrical fires. So go ahead, soak up the sun, savor those barbecue flavors, and make unforgettable memories—all while keeping your cool and staying safe. If at any point you are in need of electrical assistance, call Kanon Electric! We’re the experts in your area and are happy to help in any way we can.