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Game Day Electrical Safety

Universal Home Experts knows that many of our Houston neighbors will be throwing a game day party this weekend. Many of our employees will be throwing their own get-togethers as well. Some of you might even be lucky enough to be attending the game at NRG Stadium this Sunday. But for the many who will be watching the Patriots duke it out with the Falcons at home, we have a few notes on electrical safety that everyone should follow. The forecast, as of this writing, calls for a high chance of rain. Which would not only keep the roof closed at NRG Stadium, it would also keep the lid closed on backyard grills throughout Houston.

While we all hope for sunny skies (to go along with these great temperatures), we’ll keep a backup plan for dinner. Regardless of the weather, many homes this Sunday will be filled with friends and family gathered to cheer on their favorite team. Whether you are hosting guests over the weekend or simply having a few people over on game day, make sure that you are mindful of the electrical hazards that are part of the festivities. We’ve compiled a list of essentials to help ensure a safe and secure get-together.

Outdoor Safety – If you are using small electrics to cook or keep food warm outside, make sure that you keep the cords out of high traffic areas. This is especially important if you are using extension cords on the lawn. If possible, keep extension cord use to a minimum when using electronics outside. Never try to extend the length of an extension cord by connecting it to another cord.

Kitchen Safety – According to the USDA, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the largest days in America for food consumption (second only to Thanksgiving). If cooking food inside the house, make sure that someone stays in the kitchen to supervise. Large parties can be distracting and it’s easy on game day to allow food to burn or overload a circuit from using too many outlets/appliance at once.

Countertop Use – Super Bowl parties are often potluck affairs with guests bringing their favorite dishes – or small electrics to cook the dish. When using a variety of countertop appliances, be sure to place them away from the sink. Also make sure that you don’t overcrowd the countertops; leaving plenty of room for everyone to cook and serve safely.

Smoke & CO Safety – Make sure that your smoke and CO alarms are working properly before guests arrive. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), it is important to check the alarm batteries every month – and to change the batteries twice a year. Most homeowners are not as consistent with checking their alarms, so verifying the batteries for the big weekend is recommended.

Energy Use – While traditionally energy usage goes down during the Super Bowl game, this is attributed to more people gathering to watch the game at a single location. If you happen to own the home where everyone is meeting, your energy use might very well increase. If several people are coming over, be mindful of the energy consumption. Be sure to turn off small appliances once they are no longer in use and disconnect chargers and devices that aren’t in use.

Circuit Protection – During programming there will be several moments when interest will wane; during halftime, commercial breaks or certain points during the game. This might also inspire guests to start using appliances and other electrical devices at once. To curb overloaded circuits consider getting some power strips with circuit breakers. Use them in the kitchen, living room and other places where electricity might be used by several people at once.

Universal hopes that your Super Bowl® gathering is a safe, spirited one. If you have any electrical concerns before the big weekend, don’t hesitate to contact us! Our technicians can quickly assess your problem and offer repair or service options. Call us at (713) 364-0226 or connect with us online to schedule an appointment.