Around the country, COVID19 has propelled countless companies to go into work-from-home mode. This means employees are working remotely from home offices and kitchen tables and relying more than ever on their homes’ electrical systems.
Along with an internet connection, electricity is vital for any home office employee. The following are some guidelines to ensure the lights don’t go out on productivity while working from home.
Aside from power outages and power system overloads, there are other causes of decreased power that can slow down work. The most common is old, faulty wiring. Corrosion, poor insulation and neglected connections can impact your ability to power the tools you need to work from home. If you’re struggling with power issues, it’s a good idea to call in a licensed electrician who can identify the issue and safely make the necessary repairs.
Surge Protectors and Power Strips
Whether you have a designated home office or are setting up shop on your couch, you’ll want to ensure all your devices (laptop, monitors, etc.) are grounded and protected from the possibility of a power surge.
Safety is always the top priority when it comes to anything electrical. As you work from home, follow these general practices:
- Don’t use laptops or other electrical devices near a water source.
- Unplug all appliances and electronics from the plug, not the cord.
- Don’t use sockets if they appear singed, or if you see sparks.
- Don’t use frayed or worn power cords.
At Cool Blew, our team of licensed electricians is available throughout the greater Phoenix area for all your home’s electrical needs. We’ve enacted a range of safety precautions during this time of social distancing to ensure your safety, and we’re available around the clock to help you keep it business as usual – even in these highly unusual times.