Understanding the Dangers of Electricity

4 Great Reasons To Invest In A Standby Generator

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Great Reasons To Invest In A Standby Generator

Electrical power is such an integral part of life that it can be easy to overlook just how dependent people have become on a constant power supply. As a result, many people are left in the lurch when disaster strikes and power goes out. If you’ve been considering purchasing in a standby generator but are still hesitating about the financial cost, read on. This article will present four compelling reasons to make the investment in a generator. To Protect Your Family It can be a real challenge to navigate around a house without power, especially at night. This is even more true for the elderly, and those who have mobility issues. But having the lights during an outage does more than just prevent stubbed toes–it reduces the chance that your house will become the target of robbery or violent crime. To Keep Vital Medical Devices Running Those who rely on medical devices to keep themselves healthy and alive are placed at a much higher risk when the power goes out. For that reason, many medical devices include their own backup batteries. Yet these batteries may not be able to outlast a more severe outage. Thus, a generator can make a huge difference for those who rely on such devices as nebulizers, CPAP machines, and even stair lifts. To Keep Your Plumbing Intact In addition to their other inconveniences, winter power outages present a distinctly disastrous scenario all their own. Without the benefit of your home’s heat, your plumbing pipes are at risk of freezing if the temperature gets cold enough. Frozen pipes mean much more than just an interruption of your water supply; if they freeze solidly enough, they can end up bursting, thus necessitating expensive and invasive repairs. To Prevent Your Home From Flooding For those with homes in low-lying areas–or located near a body of water–the risk of flooding is always a consideration. Many such homes contain a sump pump in the basement to help remove any excess water that makes its way into the house. Yet if the power has gone out, that sump pump may not be able to perform its job just when you need it most. Having a standby generator provides an extra level of protection against costly water damage. Conclusion As you can see, there are a wealth of reasons to consider investing in a standby generator for your home. If you’re lucky, you may never need it. But for those who don’t want to gamble on the safety of their family and their home, having a generator provides irreplaceable peace of mind. For more information, contact Schnurr Power Corp generators or a similar...

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Stay Powered Up Through Information And Engagement – Questions To Ask Your Electrician

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Stay Powered Up Through Information And Engagement – Questions To Ask Your Electrician

Home ownership comes with several difficult maintenance tasks, and some of those may fall outside of your comfort zone. If you have an electrical issue in your home that requires an extensive repair, there’s no shame in seeking out a professional electrician to complete that task. It’s important, however, that you stay informed about the process and engaged with what’s happening. Below, you’ll find a guide to some questions that you should be sure to ask your electrician. Having the answers to these questions will allow you to have a great deal of comfort with the repairs being conducted, and can make sure you’re in a position to be as well informed as possible. Ask About Insurance Electrical work affects one of the most important systems in your home, and can also be some of the most dangerous work. Even the most cautious electricians may run into issues if your system is seriously damaged, so making sure that all liabilities are covered is an important task. Your electrician is sure to carry insurance with him or her that will provide you both with protection in the event of an on the job incident. Asking about this coverage and the way it may interact with your home owner’s policy will allow you to be prepared for any eventualities. Ask About Permits Because your home’s electrical system is likely directly plugged into a broader utility network, any electrical work is typically overseen by your local government. In many cases, you need to secure a permit before a major electrical overhaul, and you may face serious fines and penalties without one. Make sure to ask your electrician about which of you will be responsible for securing the proper permits and, indeed, about whether or not a permit is necessary at all. Even if you believe you’re simply hiring out for a minor repair, it can’t hurt to make sure that you’ve fulfilled all of your necessary obligations. Ask About Warranties Even the most successful electricians may find themselves dealing with faults in completed work. Electrical systems are highly complex, and a fix in one area may reveal previously hidden damage in another. In order to make sure you’re protected from any eventualities, you should ask your electrician about his or her warranty policy. Having a guarantee associated with their work will provide you with cost certainty as well as the confidence of knowing that any potential issues can be swiftly...

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Electrical Safety Tips To Keep Your Children Safe

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Electrical Safety Tips To Keep Your Children Safe

If you’re the parent of a small child, you know that keeping them safe is a full-time job. While you probably think of your home as one of the safest places for your child, if you’re not taking precautions to protect your child from electrical dangers in the home, your child could be at risk for an injury. Make certain you understand how to keep your child safe from electrical dangers in your home. Hide Extension Cords Extension cords pose a serious risk for children. For a small child who has just started crawling or walking, an extension cord can look like a fun toy. First, a child could easily wrap a cord around their neck, choking themselves. There is also the risk that a child could yank the cord out of the wall or even put some of the plugs in their mouth, increasing the risk of electrocution. If you’re using extension cords, it’s best to keep them hidden beneath or behind furniture or in any other area that your little one can’t easily reach. You could also use a hide-a-cord device that protects the cord in a box-like container so that your child can’t access it. Keep Them Dry After bathing your child or washing their hands, make sure you are thoroughly drying them off. There is a common misconception that you can only get electrocuted if an electrical device falls into a large body of water that you’re sitting in, such as a bathtub. However, if your little one’s hands are wet and they come in contact with an electrical device, there is still the risk of electrocution. Even if your child comes in contact with something as minimal as 20V or less, with damp hands, this is still enough to cause injury. Electrical Safety Inspection One of the best things you can do to ensure safety is to have a contractor come out to your home and perform a safety inspection. This is especially important when it comes to ensuring that your home’s circuit board can safely support the electrical load needs of your home. For example, say your home’s circuit board is not sufficient enough to cover your needs. Something as harmless as installing a new television in your child’s room could overload the circuit and cause a fire. With a home inspection, an electrical contractor will inspect the circuit board and every outlet in your home to ensure safety. Make certain you are keeping the safety of your child a top priority. In addition to your efforts, an electrical contractor can work alongside you to ensure your home is safe. Contact a company like Electrical Contracting at McCaine Electric Ltd for more...

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Flickering Lights: Diagnosing The Cause And Repairing The Issue

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One of the most annoying things that you may experience as a homeowner is flickering lights. Many homeowners experience this issue; however, most have no idea what causes the flickering or how to fix it. As a general rule, this is probably not a big deal; it’s more of a nuisance than anything. However, there are instances when the flickering could be a sign that there is something much more dangerous lurking in your home’s electrical work. This article will help address the causes and potential solutions of flickering lights in the home: Defective Light Bulb Sometimes, the cause of your flickering light is simple. If you just have one light that is flickering, it may just be the bulb. Try replacing it with another one. If you have a dimmer switch, you may want to make sure that you have an LED light, as these tend to work better. Large Appliance Powering On In some cases, the flickering lights in the home may be from your air conditioner, washer or other large appliance. Large appliances tend to pull a decent amount of electricity, which can sometimes cause the lights in your home to flicker slightly due to the pull of electric current from the remainder of the home. A solution typically isn’t required for this since it isn’t posing a risk, but an electrician can perform an inspection and make sure too much voltage isn’t being pulled, creating an underlying electrical issue. Too Much on a Single Circuit It isn’t uncommon at all for too many lights, outlets or appliances to be on one circuit, especially in older homes that weren’t built to withstand today’s increase in technology. Unplug a few appliances to see if the flickering stops. If it does, then your circuit is definitely overloaded. You could increase the ampage of the breakage, such as from 15-amp to 30-amp, so that it can handle more of an electrical load. Loose Connections If your light flickering issue doesn’t appear to be any of the aforementioned issues, then it may be due to a loose electrical connection. Generally, this will be in the primary electrical panel, but it can really be anywhere in the home, including in a plug receptacle. Loose connections can cause major issues and are potentially a fire hazard. Since electrocution is possible with trying to fix loose connections on your own, it is recommended to hire a professional. However, if you’re handy enough and practice electrical safety, you can replace faulty breakers in the electrical panel and plugs in the wall. Power Grid Issue In some cases, the problem of flickering lights isn’t within your house at all. Instead, it may be the power supply to the local vicinity. If you can’t find a source of the flickering, contact your utility company to have them inspect the line that runs into the home and ensure the proper voltage is being transmitted. The aforementioned are the most common problems causing your home light to flicker, but it isn’t an all-inclusive list. There may be a larger problem that may require the help from a professional electrical services company. If you aren’t skilled enough to diagnose or repair the issue, contact an experienced electrician in your local...

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Electrical Redesign For Safer Technology Use

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Computers are becoming a bigger part of the modern lifestyle, but many homes may not have the wiring and electrical outlet placement to safely and efficiently take advantage of the new age. From running out of electrical sockets to overloading to the point of blackouts, there’s a lot of changes and upgrades that need to be done before you start getting all of the newest gadgets. As you plan renovation, consider a few ways that an electrician could help you get up to speed. Electrical Wiring Division For Safety And Convenience When you connect any electrical or electronic device to your building’s power grid, you’re not just connecting to an infinite source of energy. The electrical wiring in the walls have a set amount of electricity that can pass through. This amount is called a load capacity, and greatly depends on the type of wiring and number of wires that pass through. Multiple wire paths called circuits can be added to relieve the stress on the electrical load. The same amount of electrical flow is spread out across more wires, meaning that that less electrical traffic (and less heat) will be bringing stress to any one wire. Adding more wires does not mean less electrical load problems. You’ll still have the same general energy capacity in the home, albeit a bit more efficient to go along with the safety. To increase electrical capacity, an electrician can add another fuse box to create a completely different electrical zone. The fuse box carries the burden of all electrical flow in a building, so adding a second box can split the burden and reduce overloads. Electrical outlets are the most basic form of upgrade, but since you’re already making major electrical change, you may as well make their placement more efficient. Instead of having to deal with lots of power strips in one place to get everything connected, make sure that every wall has evenly spaced outlets that can be used by your live-in technophiles and guests alike. Consistent Network Connections With Wall Installation Many Internet users need a consistent Internet connection through a physical cable. Ethernet cables and optical fiber cables are in the domain of Information Technology (IT) professionals, but the wiring is often better left to electricians. Although running cable through the walls is more physically demanding than professional skill, there are a few safety concerns to keep in mind. Some network cables feature an anti-interference shielding that can be toxic if burned. Some electrical cables are hot enough to slowly burn such cables, creating a toxic smoke that may gradually create health issues. At low levels, it may be difficult to detect the toxic problem and an amateur installer may not think of the cables as the issue. Contact an electrician to perform your building upgrades safely an...

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