Carbon monoxide, also known as the “silent killer” is a colorless, odorless gas that can present a grave danger to the inhabitants of your home. This gas is often found in homes with gas appliances and heating systems. But if it’s colorless and odorless, how can you know when it’s causing a problem in your home? Keep reading to learn about how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. Continue reading
We’ve all been there. The dishwasher’s running, someone is vacuuming, someone is playing a video game, then someone turns on the microwave, and “bam!”, lights off. Your circuit breaker has tripped, and now you’ve got to fix it. Do you know where your breaker box is? How to determine the cause of your breaker tripping? How to get your power up and running again?
Circuit breakers commonly trip due to an overload of a circuit, or when it encounters a variety of electrical problems.
Keep reading to learn all about why your circuit breaker keeps tripping, and what that means for you. Continue reading
As the temperatures drop and fall transitions into winter, there is nothing better than curling up next to a fire or hearing the familiar click of your furnace turning on. For many, it’s important to create a cozy and comforting environment in their home to escape the cold. Heating your home is also practical, and ensures that your pipes don’t freeze, which can cause extensive damage. Whatever your reason for heating your home, it’s critical that you do so safely. Continue reading
Finding a new home is an exciting time in your life, full of possibilities. But along with the excitement of looking for a home comes the dreaded inspections. Inspections get a bad rap because it can be frustrating to find the home of your dreams, only to learn that it has some issues. However, getting a full electrical inspection is one of the best things that you can do for your home and for the safety of you and your family. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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