Three Tips for Avoiding Electrical Emergencies at Thanksgiving

Everyone looks forward to spending time with loved ones and enjoying delicious food at Thanksgiving. But having so many dishes cooking at once can turn into a major problem. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, many of which are due to electric malfunctions. As you get ready for the holidays, follow these three tips to avoid major electrical disruptions during your event.

1. Check Your Appliances Before the Big Day

A few days before the holiday, pull out all the appliances you plan to use. Plug them in to see if they work, and check the cords for any fraying or other damage. This should include everything from cooking implements to electric carving knives, television sets and holiday lights. On Thanksgiving itself, you might be too busy to notice a broken cord or sparking appliance that could set off a huge fire.

2. Never Overload Your Outlets

We know it can be tough having limited kitchen space and needing to run a stove, crockpot, mixer, dishwasher, coffee machine and food processor all at once, but, never grab a power strip and start plugging in all these items simultaneously. Kitchen appliances use a lot of power which can lead to tripping a circuit breaker if you do too much at once. Unplug items that are not in use and try to run items on different circuits if possible.

3. Get an Electrical Inspection Beforehand

A little prevention can keep major problems from happening. You may want to get an electrician from GVEC Home® to check for problems like faulty sockets or loose wires. Our crew can identify potential problems and help implement fixes that will keep your home safe during the holidays.

These tips can help prevent most of the common electrical issues that occur on Thanksgiving. However, if anything happens, do not hesitate to call GVEC Home. We provide a variety of electrical assistance including repairs, upgrades, wiring, whole home surge protection, and even solar and battery storage installation. Contact us today for more information about our services. Our company has offices in Gonzales, Schertz, Seguin, La Vernia, and Cuero.