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Avoid These Winter Safety Hazards!

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We’re leaving fall behind and jumping right into winter weather. The winter season is a mix of many things, the joy, and celebration of the holidays, along with the cold and sometimes dreary weather. The last thing you need to face this year is a safety hazard brought on by winter. Follow along to help avoid these disasters.


Indiana isn’t known for it’s tropical and mild temperatures. No, more often than not, when we think of an Indiana winter, we picture snow, wind, and ice. With this lovely weather, we’ve been known to experience a power outage or two.

These power outages can be caused by a number of things, including:

  • Ice on power lines
  • Wind and cold temperatures
  • Downed power lines caused by car accidents
  • Animals gnawing through power lines
  • Falling trees

What can assist you in the event of a power outage? A backup generator. Especially with so many people working from home or schooling from home, having a reliable power source is more essential now than ever before. Eliminate some of the chaos and guesswork from your life with the installation of a backup generator.


Old or poorly connected wiring can be hazardous 365 days a year, no matter the weather. The standards for what makes safe wiring in a home changes throughout the years, so if you live in an older that has never been rewired or updated, there’s a good chance that your electrical wiring is no longer up to code.

Electrical Panel

Not all electrical panels are created equal; some are actually quite hazardous to have in your home. Electrical panels from the brand Zinsco and Federal Pacific were very popular at one point in time and commonly installed in homes. However, both had defects that made them more susceptible to causing electrical fires. If you find that you have one of these electrical panels in your home, contact our team today for a replacement!


One of the best parts of the holiday season is the festive spirit and the fun decorations. Whether you put your decor up in October and leave it up until March, or you’re strictly a December decor kind of household, we won’t judge. But it’s important to make sure you’re always decorating safely. There are a few areas of decorating where things could get dangerous.

Make sure to keep these notes in mind when hanging lights:

  • Only use strands of lights that are specifically made for the outdoors.
  • Ensure the extension cords you use are rated for the amount of electricity your lights will need.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Avoid connecting more than three strands of lights together.
  • Christmas Tree: Make sure that once your tree begins to dry out, you remove the lights. Electricity and a dry tree is a recipe for a fire. Additionally, never leave the lights plugged in when unattended.

Schedule an Inspection

If you run into any electrical situations this winter that have you questioning your family's safety and your home, don’t hesitate to contact our team for assistance. As a family-owned business, we view all of our customers as members of our extended family, and you can trust that we’ll help you with all of your electrical needs. Before we recommend a fix for the problem you’re facing, we’ll perform an inspection of your electrical system to make sure there’s nothing else wrong.

Contact the electrical professionals of Knee's Electrical Service today either through our website or by calling us at (765) 201-7220.