Sparks Are Flying: Top 5 Electrical Safety Tips For Valentine’s Day

Sparks flying between you and your loved one is one thing – but there should not be sparks flying around your electrical equipment. Make sure you’re practicing electrical safety and follow these 5 tips to keep you and your loved one safe this Valentine’s Day.

1. Unplug Appliances When Not In Use

If you’re using your hair dryer or shaver to get ready for a date, make sure you unplug them when you’re done. The same is true for kitchen appliances. Are you using your toaster for a quick snack beforehand, or your coffee maker for a quick boost of energy? Make sure to unplug all appliances before you leave the house. Not only can this help you save power, but it can also help prevent your appliances from overheating.

2. Be Careful With Heat

We know that things are heating up for Valentine’s Day! However, when it comes to your fireplace, space heater, and electric blankets, you should be careful. It’s important to never leave anything flammable near your fireplace or space heater, and always turn them off before you go to bed or leave the house. When it comes to your electric blankets, also make sure nothing is sitting or lying on top of it – and that you’re not using them 24/7. They can overheat if used for a prolonged period of time.

3. Don’t Release Metallic Balloons Outside

Did you know that metallic balloons are powerful conductors of electricity? That’s why they should never be released near power lines – and why you should refrain from releasing them at all outside. If metallic balloons come into contact with electricity, it can cause power outages and a lot of damage. It’s better to be safe than sorry and make sure your metallic balloons are very secure if you plan to use them outside.

4. Use Flameless Candles

Set the mood without setting fires this Valentine’s Day! Planning on having a romantic candlelit dinner at home with that special someone? Consider using flameless candles instead. Not only do they help keep your indoor air quality at a healthy level and prevent fires, but they also help save energy – especially if you use LED lights in your candles. In fact, LEDs that are ENERGY STAR rated use at least 75% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

5. Use The Correct Wattage

Pull at her heart strings by hanging up some strings of lights! However, do so safely. When it comes to your lighting fixtures, you want to make sure you’re using the correct wattage to prevent electrical problems. Always check to make sure you know what wattage to use, because a circuit can only handle a certain amount of power. Using incorrect wattage can cause your bulbs to overheat, which can also be a fire hazard. And there’s nothing like a fire to ruin the mood!

Contact The Pros at Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric For All Your Electrical Needs In Tampa, FL And Surrounding Areas

Make sure to only spark romance this Valentine’s Day – not fires! Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric is here to help with all your electrical needs. You can call Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric at (813) 524-6313 or contact us online here to schedule your appointment today.