How to Prepare Your Home for Storm Season: Electrical Considerations

Storm season is upon us, and with it comes the potential for power outages, electrical surges, and damage to your home's electrical system and appliances. It's essential to take the necessary precautions to protect your home and ensure the safety of your family. In this blog post, we will discuss various steps you can take to safeguard your electrical system and appliances during storm season.

1. Install a Whole-House Surge Protector

Power surges are a common occurrence during storms, and they can cause significant damage to your home's electrical system and appliances. One of the best ways to protect your home from power surges is to install a whole-house surge protector. This device is installed at your electrical service panel and provides protection for your entire home by diverting excess voltage away from your electrical system.

2. Unplug Sensitive Electronics

Even with a whole-house surge protector in place, it's still a good idea to unplug sensitive electronics such as computers, televisions, and gaming systems during a storm. This extra layer of protection can help prevent damage from power surges and ensure the longevity of your devices.

3. Inspect Your Home's Electrical System

Before storm season begins, it's essential to have your home's electrical system inspected by a licensed electrician. This inspection can help identify any potential issues or hazards that could cause problems during a storm, such as overloaded circuits, outdated wiring, or improperly grounded outlets. The National Fire Protection Association states that electrical failures or malfunctions are a leading cause of home fires, so it's crucial to address any issues before they become a problem.

4. Install a Backup Generator

Power outages are a common occurrence during storm season, and they can leave you without electricity for hours or even days. Installing a backup generator can help ensure that your home remains functional during a power outage, providing power to essential appliances and systems such as your refrigerator, heating and cooling system, and security system. A licensed electrician can help you determine the appropriate size and type of generator for your home, and ensure that it is installed safely and in accordance with local codes.

5. Keep Trees and Branches Trimmed

Fallen trees and branches are a leading cause of power outages and damage to electrical systems during storms. To minimize this risk, be sure to keep trees and branches surrounding your home trimmed and well-maintained. This can help prevent them from coming into contact with power lines or your home's electrical system during high winds and heavy rain.

Preparing your home for storm season is essential to protect your investment and ensure the safety of your family. MJ Carr Electrical Services can help you with all of your electrical needs, from installing whole-house surge protectors and backup generators to inspecting and repairing your home's electrical system. Contact us today at (781) 527-5105 to learn more about our services and how we can help you safeguard your home during storm season.