With Hannukah and Christmas shopping and preparations, December is a non-stop month for many people. But don’t forget about your home. We’ve got a checklist to keep your house in order. For your convenience, we have turned this December home maintenance checklist into a PDF so you can print it out.
As usual, perform these monthly home maintenance items.
December Home Maintenance items:
- Check for damaged cords and wires.
- Check to make sure the shielding hasn’t pulled away from the plug.
- If the cord is bent, pinched or damaged, then the wires might be broken on the inside and apt to cause a shortage. Replace or repair the cord.
- If there are black smudges or burn marks on the cord or outlet, then there are shortages occurring. Replace or repair the cord.
- Check your extension cords, lamps, and other frequently unplugged small appliances, such as vacuums, coffee makers, blow dryers, electric shavers, etc.
- Check the ground-fault circuits on outlets.
- Do this by pressing the “test” button (if available). The reset button should pop out. Press in the reset button.
- Review fire safety and escape routes with everyone living in the home.
- If you haven’t already createdan emergency plan, then do so now.
- Test all electrical holiday decorations prior to use.
- Check the cords for crimps, bends and damage to the protective shielding.
- Check each light socket for cracks or frays.
- Throw out any damaged cords or lights.
- Move snow shovels and blowers to a convenient location.
- Make sure your generator is in working condition and extra fuel is at hand.
- Check driveway for cracks and have them resealed as needed.
- If your driveway has cracks and you live in an area where it gets below freezing, those cracks can widen and deepen leaving a much larger job for you to fix in the spring.