Somehow the year has flown by and we’ve ended up in the month of September, signaling the beginning of fall. Yes, we can hardly believe it ourselves. The scorching heat, blazing sun and glorious summer vacations have made this past summer truly memorable for all of us. But, it’s time to get ready for fall and that means getting your home ready for the cooler season. We’ve put together a simple list to help you prepare your home for the fall, so you can spend more time enjoying the season, and less time reacting to electrical catastrophes and dealing with repairs.
1. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and replace batteries.
There are plenty of things that taste amazing after they’ve endured a blazing fire, like marshmallows. Your home is not one of them. But jokes aside, we’re pretty serious about reminding homeowners to check to make sure the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices are still good. You can test the detectors by pressing the test button or holding up a burning candle near the unit. If you want to be extra safe, have a fire extinguisher for every floor. Better safe than sorry!
2. Test the generator and buy extra gasoline.
A backup plan is only good if you have all of the required materials to see it through. Having a generator is helpful only if it actually works and if you’ve got enough gasoline. Don’t let a storm leave you powerless and helpless. Take the time to test the generator and make sure you’re stocked with enough gasoline to weather a storm.
3. Check landscape and exterior lighting.
Outdoor lights have been burning all summer, lighting up barbeques and keeping the mood festive. Come fall, a few of those lightbulbs may need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check walkways, driveways and steps for any cracks, loose railings or disintegrating asphalt. You don’t want to risk slipping on ice.
4. Inspect electrical outlets, especially in the kitchen and bathroom.
The kitchen is the busiest and most used area of the house. So it’s expected that electrical outlets will eventually show wear and tear and require attention. Check for cracks in outlet covers, water damage and any discoloration. Don’t attempt to diagnose the problem yourself — reach out to a Blue Apple Electric certified electrician instead.
5. Test your surge protectors.
A lightning storm can trigger a power spike and damage plugged-in appliances and devices. Do yourself a huge favor and schedule an appointment to install a whole house surge protector (if you don’t have one already). If you already have one, make sure they’re working properly.
It’s important to have a Las Vegas residential electrician that you can trust to help you with all your electrical needs, contact Blue Apple Electric today.