At Stout Heating and Air Conditioning, our technicians in the field are working with equipment and electricity all day, so we take safety very seriously. During the holidays, it’s important for all Rowan County, North Carolina residents to follow some basic home safety rules. Check out these timely tips and enjoy all the festivities of the season injury-free!
- Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections can trigger a serious shock or ignite a fire.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets. Overloading electrical outlets is a common cause of holiday fires. Spread your electrical devices out among multiple outlets and plug only one high-wattage appliance into each outlet at a time.
- Use battery-powered candles. Traditional candles start almost half of home decoration fires. Battery-operated candles provide the same holiday ambiance without the hazard.
- Treat cords with care. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, wedged in to small spaces such as doors or windows, tucked under rugs, put near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.
- Don’t stray far from the kitchen when something is cooking. Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Make sure someone’s on duty until the dish is done.
- Shut things down at bedtime. Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. To be on the safe side, unplug all decorations and extinguish all candles before turning in for the night or leaving the house.
- Make sure your ladder is stable. When hanging decorations outside, place your ladder on firm ground. Use leg levelers under the ladder on uneven or soft ground. (You can buy them at hardware or home improvement stores.) Check the ladder’s maximum load rating to confirm that it can support both your weight and whatever you are carrying. Check all rung locks and spreader braces on the ladder to make sure they are set.
- Stay within your ladder’s safe zone. Center your body between the rails of the ladder at all times. Leaning too far to one side while working is dangerous and can cause you to fall. Do not stand on the top three rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.
Take it from the pros at Stout Heating and Air Conditioning – a happy holiday begins and ends with safety. Keep these tips for Rowan County, North Carolina homeowners in mind as you exercise caution and you’ll be ready to enjoy the magic – and avoid the tragic – all season long.