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Top Seasonal Emergency Electrician Calls

Electricians are consistently busy all year round. However, there are certain electrical problems that are most common at certain times of the year. Most of these problems happen during the colder months when people are prone to using more electricity. If left unattended to, these electrical issues can lead to fires and other safety issues. It is important to be aware of the risk of these problems so that you can avoid them in the future. Taking preventative measures will keep you and your family safe in your home all year round. Here are the most common seasonal electrical problems (and how to avoid them!)

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If you are using more than one high-volume appliance in an outlet or power strip at a time, you may overload the outlet and run the risk of causing an electrical fire. This can happen at any time of the year, but may be more common during the winter and fall, when you need to use more lamps and electrical devices for light and warmth. If your outlets are about to overload, you may notice that you hear a cracking or buzzing noise, that your outlets are warm to the touch, and that your light flicker or dim. To avoid this problem, do not plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once, and give very large appliances like washers and refrigerators their outlets.

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During a major lightning storm, you may find that your home or office experiences electrical problems. Since lightning causes electricity, it has the potential to cause major problems for your electrical system. The most common electrical problem that results from lightning strikes is a power surge. This happens when the lightning hits near a power line, causing a drastic increase in the electrical current that is flowing through the outlets. Even with surge protectors, you may experience damage to your electronic devices, as well as problems with your internet. Blown fuses, melted plastic, and internal damage to your devices are the most common issues associated with power surges. If you have a very large business, you may find that a large grounding system may be the best way to avoid damage from lightning. Otherwise, you should turn off and unplug your electronic devices during a lightning storm. Lightning can also cause electrical fires in extreme circumstances, and if this happens, you should contact emergency responders immediately.

Electric Shock

In addition to electrical fires, electric shock is a particularly common problem in the winter. This is because people use electrical devices much more often in the wintertime. Specific items that are a cause for concern are space heaters, electric blankets, and heating pads because they are often left on overnight and generate a large amount of heat in a concentrated area. To avoid electric shock, read the warning labels on all of your electrical products, and do not plug more than one heating appliance into an outlet. Do not use extension cords for these items – plug them directly into the outlet. Keep them away from anything that could burn easily, such as paper or clothing. If the cords on your devices are frayed or broken, do not plug them in, as this could result in electric shock. Additionally, do not insert your fingers or other small objects into an outlet, as this can cause electric shock. If you think there is a problem with your outlet, contact an electrician.

By making safety a top priority during the winter months, you can avoid these major electrical problems and heat your home comfortably.