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TIPS TO ENSURE ELECTRICAL SAFETY IN YOUR HOME WHILE YOU ARE AWAY

Holidays are an exciting time, especially if you have planned a trip out of town with your family. In addition to all the planning that you do for the actual trip, you also need to ensure that you properly shut-off all the utilities in your home for the duration of your trip.

One of the most important aspects to keep in view when you are away from home is electrical safety. You need to take some precautions to reduce the risks of electrical problems such as electrical fires etc. These simple steps will go a long way to ensure electrical safety in your home while you are away:


#1 MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS UNPLUGGED

Before leaving home, conduct a quick check and ensure that all the non-essential devices and appliances are unplugged. Pay especial attention to straightening irons, heaters, air conditioners and other appliances that could cause fires. It’s far better to unplug the devices at the wall rather than just switching off something.


#2 INSTALL TIMERS FOR LIGHTS

The one way to improve the security of your home when you out of town is to use timer switches for all the lights. It’s never a good idea to advertise that your home is unoccupied as that becomes an open invitation for unsavoury elements. When you use timer switches for lights, they will get switched on & off every few hours after dark, giving the impression that the house is occupied. Ensure you use outdoor grade timers for all the yard and alfresco areas. Using indoor timers in these areas can be very dangerous as they aren’t built to endure the outdoor weather conditions.