Avoiding Common Electrical Hazards in Outlets

We usually don’t give our outlets much thought, but they are one of the most used pieces of electrical equipment in a home. Over the course of a day you’ve most likely used an outlet at least once, if not more. You may not realize, however, that electrical outlets are a common spot for electrical hazards.

Using an unsafe outlet can result in painful or deadly accidents. Electrocutions can cause pain, respiratory arrest, severe burns and nerve damage. Shorts and surges can do property damage as well, potentially causing fires or ruining appliances.

Read on to learn how to spot these problems and solve them before a tragedy occurs. Continue reading

Can COPALUM Crimping Fix Aluminum Wiring In Homes?

Around 2 million Americans with homes built in 1965 – 1973 have aluminum wiring. Once seen as a cheap alternative to copper wiring, aluminum wiring is now a recognized safety hazard to your home. If you are unsure if your home has aluminum wiring or not, do not attempt to check yourself. There are many risks involved, including fatal shock. Only an experienced electrician should check your wiring. If you discover that you have aluminum wiring in your home, don’t panic. It is a very fixable problem with several solutions.

The COPALUM crimp method is a budget-friendly solution that takes away the risk of aluminum wiring without having to go through the extensive and expensive process of a complete rewiring.

To learn more about the COPALUM crimp method and to see if it might be the solution for your aluminum wiring situation, keep reading. Continue reading

What is An Electrical Substation?

When you flick a light switch, the light turns on before our eyes can even recognize it. The process itself takes a fraction of a second, but the actual process is far more complicated than meets the eye. Electrical structures like generators, power lines and substations help us to receive electricity at a moment’s notice, any time, anywhere.

You may have a substation in your community or maybe you pass one on your way to work. As you walk or drive by, you might be wondering what exactly that substation does. It definitely does something for your electricity, but what exactly?

Substations play a key role in helping your home receive a safe, consistent energy flow. For more information on how exactly these structures work, keep reading to learn more about substations and how they get electricity to your home. Continue reading

What Is the Right Ceiling Fan Direction for Summer & Winter?

Dealing with extreme temperatures can be a challenge. You may be sweating buckets and unable to cool your home, or wrapped under six blankets hoping it gets even slightly warmer. Thankfully, we have thermal control to help us, but your home may still be uncomfortable, even with central air and heating.

That’s where ceiling fan switch can come into play. With 80 million Americans owning at least one ceiling fan in their home, they’re a common fixture. Not only can ceiling fans help cool your home, they can help move heat throughout your house as well. It all depends on the direction that the blades are spinning.

Looking for tips on heating or cooling your home using your ceiling fan? Let’s go over how the direction of your ceiling fan can help control the temperature in your home. Continue reading

Electrical Safety Tips for Kids

You’re proud of your child’s natural curiosity, but it can be nerve-wracking – especially when hazards like electrical outlets and gadgets are around every corner.

May is National Electrical Safety Month, which means this is the perfect time to assess your child’s risk for electrical injury. We’ve compiled a few key electrical safety tips for kids to make that process even easier. Continue reading

Preventing Power Surge Damage in Your Home

A power surge can strike at any time or place. It only takes one bolt of lighting or a click of your air conditioner to cause irreversible damages to some of the items that matter to you most.

With 60-80% of power surges starting from an internal source in your home or business, it’s very possible to prevent this damage from occurring. From surge protectors in your outlets to surge protecting your whole home, there’s several ways to keep your electronics safe.

Looking to learn more about power surges? Keep reading to find out how power surges start, and what you can do to stop them in their tracks. Continue reading

Stay Safe & Know What To Do In A Power Outage

You’re going about your day and walking around your house when suddenly it goes pitch black. The clock on your microwave fades away and your TV turns off with a faint click. What gives?

You’ve likely just experienced a power outage. This could be caused by anything from a voltage issue, weather conditions or an animal biting through your power lines. Once it’s happened, what are you supposed to do until it gets fixed?

There’s no need to panic during a power outage. We’ve created a guide so that you’re prepared the next time the lights go out at your home. Continue reading

Does Your Home Have the Safest Child Proof Outlet Covers?

Stay away from power lines. Don’t go swimming during a thunderstorm. And don’t use electrical appliances in the bathtub.

These are just a few of the electrical safety rules we should be teaching our kids.

But what about very young children who don’t yet comprehend why electricity can be dangerous?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded 5,500 emergency room visits in the United States in 2015 that were caused by electrical outlets. Children were more likely to be injured compared with share of population.

  • Kids under 5 make up 6% of US population but accounted for 27% of those injured.
  • Kids 5-17 comprised 29% of those injured by electrical outlets, double their share of the population.

Some parents install plastic outlet covers hoping to keep curious little fingers out of harm’s way. But are you using the right ones? Let’s talk about some of the drawbacks of traditional plastic covers and the advantages of more recent tamper resistant receptacles, or TRRs. Continue reading

Which Type of Space Heater Should You Choose?

When you pump up the furnace, you’re heating the entire house — even unoccupied rooms nobody is using. That can be a source of wasted energy.

One solution to this problem is a space heater. With a space heater, you can heat a single room — or just one part of a single room. So you get the heat you want where you want it, without spending more than you have to on your utility bill.

But which space heater should you choose? The two most common types of space heaters are convection and radiant heaters.

Let’s take a look at key features of both options. Continue reading

Lower Your Heating Cost this Winter in 3 Easy Steps

Consumer Reports has warned that the average electric bill could go up as much as 20% this winter.

With the NOAA predicting colder temperatures and the cost of heating fuel on the rise, how can you stay warm and save on energy bills?

Here are three simple tips to keep Old Man Winter from taking too big a bite out of your energy budget. Continue reading