Winter on the East Coast can mean a lot of things. Smelt fries, hot fricot, and warm molasses cookies; But it can also mean higher power bills, power outages, and dang cold days. And while some of us love the colder days because it means snowshoeing and skiing, it’s always great to be prepared, and in that spirit, here are a few things to keep in mind for this winter.
Space heaters are a common item in East Coast Canadian homes but beware. If you are using one, make sure you’re careful with its location. Space heaters have a HIGH heat output, and if they’re near anything flammable, it could end in disaster.
Despite the best efforts of our power company’s linesmen, power outages still happen. It’s best to be prepared for this in a few ways. First, build your family an emergency kit. Your kit should include batteries, flashlights, blankets/sleeping bags/warm clothes, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, and sufficient water for your family. Keep it somewhere that’s easily accessible.
If you have a generator, you’re a step ahead. A generator can save a family a ton of headache and comfort. But did you know you can take it a step further? Here at Netco, we can help you by setting up a connection between your generator, and your homes electrical panel! Save the trouble of running extension cords throughout your home and keep using your family safe and comfortable!
You can also prepare your electrical appliances during the winter months by preparing with surge protectors. A home surge protector will help suppress surges to prevent electrocutions and damage to appliances and electronics, and plugging appliances, computers, and other electronics into power bars with surge protectors can keep your stuff safe.
BONUS TIP: During an extended power outage, unplug your major appliances and turn off light fixtures. This can prevent power surges from occurring and damaging the appliances when power returns.
Another downside of the wintertime is downed wires caused by accidents or trees falling. Remember; No matter what, do NOT go ANYWHERE NEAR downed power lines. Ever. Step back, and call the power company and/or Netco Electric to report it.