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“School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces”
Maybe we’re dating ourselves a bit with those lyrics from “School’s Out”—made famous by rocker Alice Cooper. It’s our way of making a point that summer vacation time is upon us. Students of all ages will be spending more time at home, and Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air wants to make sure they stay safe.
Electricity & Water Safety
Let’s start with one of the hidden dangers: The risks of having electrical service at a swimming pool or at the boat dock on a lake home or cabin. This is something you MUST be aware of. If you haven’t had those electrical systems checked it’s imperative you do it now.
Circuit Breaker Problems
Those circuits should be (and legally must be) protected by ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices. However, GFCI devices can and do fail. They require regular inspections by a licensed electrician to make sure your family is protected.
Safety in the Kitchen
Everyone loves hanging out in the kitchen, but did you know it’s where two-thirds of all house fires get their start? The risk can increase if unsupervised youngsters are preparing food during the summer. Here’s a quick checklist to help:
- Clean accumulated grease from the exhaust hood
- Keep anything combustible away from the stove and oven
- Make sure all kitchen appliances are plugged into GFCI outlets
- No electrical appliance should be close to the sink
- Clean refrigerator coils every 3 months to lessen fire danger
- If you are just completely unsure what could go down while you’re away, use the kill switch on your garbage disposal if you have one
Not many years ago, few people could even imagine the number of entertainment and communication devices now present in the average home:
- 3 Televisions
- 2 DVD players
- At least 1 desktop computer with peripherals
- Additional laptop and tablet computers
- Multiple cell phones
Many homes were built before modern-day home electronics and appliances were common. The electrical circuits are often not capable of handling the load. If you find yourself constantly using extension cords and power strips in your Montgomery or Auburn, AL home, it’s a sign your home needs more outlets installed by a licensed electrician.
Safe & Sound
This is the best way to assure electrical safety during the summer ahead: Call Dixie and schedule a Safe and Sound electrical inspection. Our electricians have the knowledge and high-tech tools to locate potential problems before disaster strikes. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more safety information throughout the year.