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End of Summer Electrical Safety

While the weather doesn’t exactly feel like the end of summer, the calendar is slowly making its way toward the official first day of fall (September 22). But for many of our Houston neighbors, fall begins once the school semester starts. While school calendars vary, the official star date for the Houston ISD is August 28. As we have mentioned before, fall is the best time to for home maintenance (both professional and DIY). The transitional weeks of back to school are also essential for electrical safety check-ups throughout your home. While families transition into new school and work schedules, there are several things that the household can do to ensure their home electrical system is safe throughout the school year.

Check Alarm Systems

If your home will be vacant during the day, you will want to make sure that your alarm system(s) are in working order. Most residential burglaries happen during the day when the household is away. Check your alarm system and smoke/CO 2 detectors to ensure that the connections and batteries are charged and ready to do their job.


Safeguard Electrical Receptacles

The transitional period in the fall is often chaotic, which means that toddlers and grade school kids might not have as much supervision during certain periods. Make sure that you safeguard all your accessible electrical outlets with tamper-proof locks – and add GFCIs to outlets that are close to water fixtures. These are essential electrical safety tools for a home with small children.

How to Protect Your Child from Electrical Hazards

Assess Outlets for Faulty Wiring

Check all the electrical plates in the house for signs of warmth or discoloration. If the wiring is faulty, this is the first best indication of something wrong. If the plate is warm to the touch or has become brown or black in areas, have it checked out by professional electrician.

Device Safety

There have been safety issues recently with smart phones exploding or catching on fire. Be mindful of smart phones, tablets and personal computers left at home. Never leave these devices charging while the house is empty. Though most people are glued to their phones, there are occasions when they are left home to charge. Make sure that all tech tools are unplugged before leaving for the day.

Change Thermostat Settings

Make sure that you change the settings on your thermostat if you own a programmable model. (If you don’t, you should consider investing in one.) While it is important to keep the temperature set at a higher level to save energy while you aren’t home, you also need to monitor the humidity. The humidity level should be set at 40 – 50% (and no higher or lower) through the fall. Houston always has a high level of humidity and the fall is no different. Because of this, it’s important to monitor the humidity level inside the home. High humidity can affect your indoor air quality – and promote chipped paint, wall paper, mold growth and other serious issues.

Schedule a Safety Inspection

Though it’s important to take safety precautions for your home’s electrical system, DIY maintenance is only part of the equation. If your home is 40 years or older, or if you haven’t had a safety inspection in the past decade, you should consider scheduling one for the fall. Most electrical hazards can be avoided with the guidance of a professional electrician.

Just like your HVAC and plumbing systems, your home’s electrical system needs to be maintained regularly to ensure safety and efficiency. When was the last time your electrical system was assessed? If you can’t answer the question, then it has probably been too long. Do your part this back to school season by following our electrical safety tips – then give us a call if there’s a problem that might need a professional technician. Contact us if you see any signs of defective wiring – or you feel it’s time your home had a complete inspection. Call us at (713) 364-0226 to schedule an appointment today! We’ll make sure your home’s electrical system is safe for the school year and for many more to come.