Portable Generator Safety Tips

Power outages are a major inconvenience in a modern world that relies on electricity for basic daily needs. While blackouts that last for under an hour are an annoyance, blackouts that last for a day or more can cause huge problems. Maybe you have hundreds of dollars worth of perishable foods that are going to go bad, or you’re left to sweat it out at home with no air conditioning. Continue reading

Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your Home

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

Why Does My Circuit Breaker Keep Tripping?

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

Tips to Heat your Home Safely this Winter

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

Electrical Inspections: Do You Really Need One?

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

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

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