In order to power down the electricity in your summer cottage for the winter to make sure that no electrical problems will occur while you are away, you need to follow strictly these safety instructions!
- Before powering down the electricity at the main switch, shut off the branch circuit breakers. If you have a fuse box, make sure to unplug or switch the power off to your pump, hot water tank, and major appliances before shutting off the power at the main switch. This will protect them from damage when you power up the switch again.
- Try to resist the temptation to rely on space electrical heaters in the pump pit for water systems that cannot be drained completely. Unattended space heaters are a fire hazard.
- If you notice that some branches of the trees around your yard have grown too close to power lines, get these trees trimmed before the winter begins. Branches will be become much lower when covered with snow and some of the wiring around your home may be damaged if you fail to call an arborist on time. Before you cut any branches in close proximity to wires, you may also like to consult a residential service electrician.
- Store all of the extension cords around your property in a rodent proof container or bring them back home for the winter. Do not leave extension cords at places where they will be exposed to freezing temperatures. This may cause them to crack, and next time you use them, you may damage an expensive appliance or even worse – cause fire!