Electricity consumption shoots up during winter as families spend more time indoors. Many Canadian home-heating systems are dependent on electric power. And with the unpredictability of the winter season, power can go out any time, with the interruptions lasting for anything between a few hours and several days.
Winter events such as high winds, freezing rain, and blizzards can damage power lines and equipment and make it difficult to access them for repair. Electrical problems can also occur in your own home, especially if your heating system has not been serviced in a long time. It is critical that you get any power failure problems inspected and corrected as soon as possible to ensure the safety and comfort of your family.
An emergency electrician in Toronto can brave the harsh weather to address issues related to power and heating failure. An extended power outage during winter not only puts the lives of your family at risk, but also results in cold, damp homes, adverse living conditions, and damage to plumbing, walls, and floors.
Here are a few tips to help you deal with winter electrical emergencies:
Determine the Extent of the Power Failure
Check whether there are any visible lights from your neighbours to determine if the power failure is limited to your home or a wider area. If your neighbours appear to have power, check your circuit breaker or fuse box, as well as the service wires connecting to your house. If the wires are damaged or on the ground, stay a safe distance away and alert your electric supply authority. Notify the authority if your neighbours are also affected, once you determine that the fault is not in your home.
Turn Off All Electronic Equipment
Shut down all electronic equipment, including any electronic tools and appliances, and make sure to turn down your thermostat to a minimum. This is important for the following reasons:
Prepare to Evacuate
If the problem is so bad that you need to evacuate, make sure to protect your home first by:
If the power failure has only affected your home, make sure to contact an emergency electrician in Toronto. Most professional electricians work 24/7, 365 days a year. So they should be able to respond immediately if the weather conditions allow it.
In the meantime, here are a few do’s and don’ts to ensure your safety and comfort before the electricity problem can be fixed:
A home generator is handy for backup electricity following an outage. If a home generator is connected to the main electrical system, make sure that the connection has been professionally done and approved by your electric supply authority. Otherwise, connect your lights and appliances directly to the generator. The generator should only operate outdoors in well-ventilated conditions, and away from your doors and windows to keep exhaust gases out.
Preparing for Electrical Emergencies in Winter
Winter weather can be terrible, so it’s important that you prepare yourself for the worst case scenario. Sometimes the power may be out for hours or days. Prepare an emergency safety kit with flashlights, batteries, blankets, sleeping bags, some water, a first-aid kit, and non-perishable food. Also, get some space heaters, and prepare an emergency contact list that includes helpful neighbours and emergency electricians in Toronto.
But perhaps the most important safety measure is to get your home’s electrical system inspected, including the heating system, to ensure that it can withstand the harsh conditions. A professional electrician with experience can find potential problems that might arise during winter and fix them. Contact us today to get a professional from Hi-Lite Electric to give your home’s system a look.