Spark Romance, Not Fires: 5 Electrical Safety Tips For Your Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a time to kindle the flame with your loved one – not your house! Commit to safety this Valentine’s Day, and follow these 5 electrical safety tips.

1. Use The Correct Wattage

This Valentine’s Day, you may be using more lights than normal to set the mood, or maybe you’re cooking up a nice fancy meal. Whatever you do, always make sure you’re using the correct wattage when it comes to your appliances and lighting fixtures. This will help you prevent serious electrical problems, such as fires. For example, if you use a light bulb that has too high of wattage, it can cause the light bulb to overheat.

2. Unplug Appliances You’re Not Using

Make sure you unplug all appliances once you’re done using them. Planning on going out on the town this Valentine’s Day? Make sure you’re unplugging your shaver and hair dryer before you leave. Having a quick snack  before you meet up with your date for dinner? Make sure you’re unplugging items like your toaster and coffee maker. This is a simple way to help keep your appliances from overheating, and can also save you money on electrical bills.

3. Use Flameless Candles

Flameless candles are a great alternative to using regular candles. They not only can help keep your indoor air quality at a healthy level, but they can also prevent fires. You can even save energy by using LED lights in your candles! According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, LED lights use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

4. Don’t Leave Your Kitchen Unattended

If you’re planning on cooking dinner this Valentine’s Day, make sure you’re not leaving your kitchen unattended – especially if you have pets or kids running around. There’s nothing like a burnt lasagna and smoke to ruin the mood! Even if you plan to order takeout instead, you should make sure not have paper or plastic food wrappings near any flames or heat. This is a recipe for disaster.

5. Test Your Smoke Alarms

Just to be safe, you should check your smoke alarms to ensure they’re working properly in the event of a fire. In fact, you should probably plan to test your smoke alarms every month and replace the batteries every 6 months or so. Smoke alarms are a lifesaver (literally). They will help ensure your family stays safe should there ever be a fire. If you’re using more lights, candles and appliances this Valentine’s Day, it’s a great time to make sure your smoke alarms are working.

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