How to ensure electrical safety when you’re away from home

Many homeowners are nervous when leaving their property unattended for a long period of time, with break-ins, freak weather events and more being top of mind. One of the biggest risks to your property while away is electrical safety. With electricity being the powerful force it is, you want to make sure your home is completely safe when you are away, whether it’s just for a quick business trip or a month-long sojourn.

Fix electrical issues ahead of time

Of course, the first thing you should do is tackle any electrical issues that you already know exist. Electrical sockets, cords or lines are some of the most likely to be dodgy, so get in touch with a domestic electrician Auckland well before your holiday to have all these hot spots looked at. You may also want to check your outlets and switches to see if they feel hot to the touch, which is an indicator that there may be a risk of fire if the problem is left to worsen. By conducting a thorough check ahead of time, you’ll have complete peace of mind while you’re away.

Prepare for emergencies

If anything unexpected was to happen, you want to make sure neighbours or passersby will be able to assist. One of the best ways of doing this is to place a fire extinguisher on the exterior of your home, allowing anyone to step in if an electrical fire (or any other kind, for that matter) was to break out. Similarly, make sure all your smoke alarms are working in order to alert others if a fire does break out while you’re away.

Unplug all appliances

Do a quick survey of your entire home before you go to ensure you’ve unplugged all electrical appliances, including your TV, washing machine, toaster, hair dryer and everything. Simply switching things off at the wall won’t do – you need to physically unplug all such appliances to ensure nothing overheats and causes a fire or destroys your appliance while you’re away. Right before you leave your home, give the entire home another run through to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

Get external power surge protectors

If you do decide to leave some things plugged in, like your fridge, freezer or dishwasher, consider investing in an external power surge protector. You never know what the weather will be like when you’re gone, so you should still protect your home in case a freak storm strikes. Such conditions can force excess electricity through your appliances and destroy them, with a whole-house surge protector working to redirect the power through your home’s grounding path instead. If you live in a particular storm-prone area

Use timers for your lights

Of course, electricity isn’t always the enemy! You can actually use electricity to enhance the security of your home by using timers which switch on your lights every now and then. Some people might decide to leave one light on to get around this, but of course, a criminal who is keeping a close eye on your property will soon work out that there’s just one light  on the entire time. Instead, timers will create the illusion that there are people at home as the lights will periodically turn on and off, which is an excellent way of deterring criminals. Contact your Auckland electricians for led lighting installation Auckland.

You want to feel completely carefree on your holiday, so make sure to conduct the necessary planning to protect your home from electrical hazards. Enjoy peace of mind by following all the steps above and come home to a mint-condition home after your time away. Finally, remember to conduct a last minute check of every room before you actually head out.

Northern Lights are the Auckland electricians you can count on to keep your home safe, even when you’re not there. We also ensure that your house wiring Auckland is safe. Give us a call on 0800 177 275 or 09 634 0438 to arrange for an inspection or fill in the form on our site.

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