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Essential spring and summer weather safety tips for homes.

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Spring is just around the corner and everyone has been waiting to feel that fresh breeze on their faces after a long freezing Canadian winter. But most importantly, everyone is looking forward to turning their Air-conditioners on and getting that BBQ grill out to enjoy some sizzling steak. But before that, you need to assure the overall safety of your home for yourself and your family. 



From ensuring your smoke alarms are working properly to changing your furnace filters and making sure your air-conditioners are working properly, a pre-spring house inspection goes a long way in preventing hazardous problems down the line. To prevent any mis-happenings and to ensure a worry-free spring season, Motion Electrical, Heating/Cooling & Fire Protections' Team of licensed experts recommends the following tips to prepare yourself for a safe and enjoyable summer. 


Electrical Inspection:

While summer brings the joy of pool parties, outdoor barbeque, and evenings spent outdoors, it is important to remember that the same activities can also be a reason for hazardous electrical accidents if water, outdoor appliances like electrical wires are not taken care of. Here is a checklist of things to run through before summer to ensure that your family is safe from any electrical accidents. 


  • Inspect Outdoor Outlets: Give all your outdoor outlets a visual inspection. Look for any signs of wear and tear, cracks, or loose wires. Damaged outlets can be a fire hazard and should be replaced by a qualified electrician. 


  • Test Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs): These life saving devices are essential for outdoor outlets, especially those near pools or water sources. Press the test and reset buttons on your GFCI outlets monthly to ensure they're functioning properly.


  • Extension Cord Safety: If you're using extension cords for outdoor lighting or appliances, make sure they're rated for outdoor use and in good condition. Avoid overloading extension cords, and never run them through puddles or under rugs.


  • Schedule a Professional Inspection: Consider having a Licensed Electrician inspect your entire home's electrical system, especially if your house is older or you've recently added new appliances. This can help identify any potential problems before they become major issues.

HVAC Maintenance:

Remembering the record breaking heat wave experienced by Canadians back in May 2021, Canadian summers can be unpredictable and the record breaking heat wave of May 2021 was an evident of it. With scorching sun and temperatures rising up to 49.6°C, it is important to ensure that your air-conditioning system is functioning properly. Here is how you can save yourself from any unexpected heat tragedies: 


  • Change Air Filters: Dirty air filters restrict airflow and make your AC unit work harder, leading to higher energy bills and potential breakdowns. Change your air filters monthly during peak cooling season.

  • Schedule an AC Tune-Up: Just like your car needs a regular tune-up, your AC unit benefits from a professional inspection and cleaning. A qualified technician can identify potential issues, clean the system, and ensure it's running efficiently.

  • Check for Leaks: Look for any signs of leaks around your AC unit, both indoors and outdoors. Leaks can indicate refrigerant problems and should be addressed by a professional.

  • Test Your Thermostat: Make sure your thermostat is set to "cool" and working properly. Turn it down a few degrees and see if your AC unit kicks on and starts cooling your home.

Smoke Detector & Fire Extinguisher Check

Spring and summer are prime times for backyard barbecues and fire pit gatherings. However, with all that fire comes the risk of accidents. Here's how to ensure your home is properly equipped for fire safety:


  • Smoke Detector Check: Test all your smoke detectors monthly by pressing the test button. Replace any detectors that are chirping without reason or are more than 10 years old.

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Check: In addition to smoke detectors, ensure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home, especially near fireplaces or gas appliances. Test them monthly and replace them every 5-10 years.

  • Fire Extinguisher Maintenance: Having a fire extinguisher readily available can potentially save lives. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and garage, and know how to use it properly.

  • Clear Flammable Materials: Keep your grill and fire pit areas clear of flammable materials like leaves, branches, or stored items. Have a designated metal container nearby to safely dispose of hot coals.

Schedule Your Pre-Spring Inspection Today!

Don't wait for warm weather to discover potential problems in your home. By scheduling a pre-spring home inspection from Motion Electrical, Heating & Cooling and Fire Protection, you can ensure your electrical, HVAC, and fire protection systems are in top shape for the upcoming season.





Contact us today for a free quote or to schedule your inspection. Let Motion keep your home safe and comfortable all year round!


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