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Protecting Your Electrical System During a Storm

protecting your electrical system during a stormIt is hard to imagine, March is right around the corner and Daylight Saving Time will soon begin. Winter and early spring storms often cause power outages. Your local power company will resolve many of these power outages, but more often than not, the power outage can cause home electrical problems. You can protect your electrical system before a major storm to prevent the need for emergency electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky.

Protecting Your Electrical System During A Storm

Although you may experience many storms in your lifetime, it only takes one storm to damage your electrical system, appliances, electrical wiring, wall outlets and other electrical gadgets in your home. Another problem can occur if lightening strikes.
According to the National Geographic, lightening can travel phone lines and electrical wiring. You should unplug appliances and never use the phone when lightening or a thunderstorm is near. Your washer and dryer is a triple threat because it has electrical wiring, plumbing and a vent that connects it to the outside. Most people don’t go around unplugging appliances but caution should be taken if a storm is close. Turning the power off at the circuit breaker or using a good surge protector can help.  Surge Protectors do not protect against direct lightening strikes.

Types of Surge Protectors

• Surge Arrester – This is a whole-house system that is installed in or near a home’s main electric service panel and offers protection against voltage surges up to 20,000 volts (such as a lightning strike).
• Surge Suppressor – This surge protection device is a power strip that can handle up to 6,000 volts. A surge suppressor protects only the electrical equipment that is plugged into it.
Both types of surge protectors will also protect your appliances from electrical surges as the electricity is turned back on.

Emergency Electrical Services in Northern Kentucky

Most people who experience a power outage will begin to wonder if their neighbors are experiencing the same thing. They will either look across the street to see if lights are on or they’ll call their neighbor down the road. If you notice your neighborhood has lost power and then when it comes back on you still have no power, you may want to call for 24 hour a day emergency electrical service. You may also notice that the power is back on but one or more of your appliances are not working properly. This type of damage should be considered serious and an electrician should investigate to make sure your home is safe. For your safety and the safety of your family, you are better off erring on the side of precaution and having an electrical inspection to make sure there is no potential for house fires later on. For electrical repairs and service, call your electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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Winter Weather Tips From Your Electrician

winter weather tips from your electricianThe danger of winter weather varies from county to county across the United States. Record-breaking snowfall and extremely cold temperatures have the possibility of knocking out heat, power and communications.  Check your weather in Northern Kentucky often to be aware of the possible conditions. Dangerously low temperatures; freezing rain, ice and sleet can cause horrific driving conditions too. Here are a few winter weather tips from your electrician.

Don’t Travel During Snow Storms

Stay indoors during winter storms. If you must travel avoid back roads and shortcuts. Don’t travel alone if possible and make sure your friends and family know where you’re going and the route you are taking. Don’t rely on cell phones during winter storms.

Use Caution Shoveling Snow

Take caution to walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks and driveways. Don’t overexert yourself when you’re shoveling snow. Go slow, move small amounts of snow at a time and use extreme caution. Heart attacks are a major cause of death in the winter. Keep dry and change out of your wet clothes often. Dry clothes insulate better and hold the heat in.

Avoid Frostbite

Dress warmly and keep your body, fingers and toes covered and dry.  Frostbite occurs when the skin and body tissue under the skin freezes. Loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance on fingers, toes, earlobes and your face can be seen. Cover the skin without rubbing it and seek medical attention if you suspect frostbite.

Avoid Hypothermia

Dangerously low body temperature, uncontrollable shaking, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and exhaustion are signs of hypothermia. If you suspect hypothermia, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95 degrees, seek medical attention immediately. Wrap the person in warm clothes and blankets and give warm drinks until help arrives. Hypothermia requires medical attention so seek help immediately.

Use Alternative Heaters Wisely

If using kerosene heaters make sure you have plenty of ventilation. Refuel the heater outside and keep the heater away from flammables. Lower your thermostat to conserve fuel and close off vents to rooms that are not in use. If you are going away, turn your thermostat down but no lower than 55 degrees.

Winter Weather Tips From Your Electrician

Many times during a severe winter storm, you might experience power outages. These are often due to downed trees, ice and wind. Occasionally you may need to hire an electrician to handle repairs in your house or on your property. If you need assistance with electrical repairs this winter, call an electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons electric.

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Finding an Electrician You Can Trust

finding an electrician you can trustFinding an electrician you can trust is often harder than you think. Because electricity is an important part of your home and also causes many problems if it’s not taken care of properly, you want to make sure you pick a company who handles electrical repairs and installations correctly and doesn’t take short cuts to get the job done.

Poor Electrical Repairs and Electrical Upgrades

If you have an older home you may find your electrical system is not up to code or that people have added on to your electrical system while cutting corners or doing things that could have been done better. This can not only cause your house wiring to not supply enough electrical current as needed but it can also cause unsafe conditions that could put you and your family in risk of a fire. Many times homeowners live in a house for years and don’t realize there is a problem with the electricity until they put the house on the market and get a home inspection.

Good Electric Repairs and Installations

When it comes to hiring a professional company to do your electrical work, you want to find an electrician you can trust to go the extra mile to make sure things are done correctly and the building codes have been followed. A master electrician with years of experience like those at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can get the job done. You can depend on them for quality work, done on time and at a reasonable price.

Finding an Electrician You Can Trust

You can get reviews from Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau to confirm the electricians you are hiring are dependable and have a good reputation. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a family owned business that has survived because they believe in good ethical practices, they work hard and they put the needs of their customers first. When you need to find an electrician you can trust, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Adding Outdoor Electricity

adding outdoor electricityAdding outdoor electricity or extra outdoor lights, has many advantages. Many people choose to add outdoor electrical outlets or permanent outdoor lighting for all kinds of reasons. Convenience and Security top the list. Here are a few of the benefits:

Outdoor Lighting

Decorative Lights

Outdoor lighting can add a bit of ambiance to your yard. Whether you are hanging strings of lights on your patio or lighting an area of your yard, you will enjoy outdoor lights for their purely aesthetic appeal. Solar lights are very popular today, but normally they don’t last long and the batteries are expensive to replace. Good outdoor lights will last for years with little or no upkeep.

Security Lights

Adding outdoor lights for security can give you peace of mind at night. You can add a security light that stays on all the time.   This is a great deterrent to thieves. You can program them to come on, use light sensors or timers to turn them on or manually turn them on with a switch. You can also add security lights that work on motion sensors. This will notify you if movement is going on around your house. They work great but can be triggered by animals walking by or trees if they are too close.

Outdoor Electrical Outlets

It seems you always have a need for an outdoor outlet where you don’t have one. You will find adding outdoor electrical outlets to be very convenient. This is especially true if you need electricity in a location away from the house. Running extension chords, even if they are heavy duty just don’t work well after a great distance.

Adding Electricity To Your Shed or Barn

If you’re tired of going to the shed to find something with a flashlight in the dark, maybe it’s time to add electricity to the shed. You will find it is so much easier to see what you’re doing and what you’re getting into. You can also add outlets and heating and air if you want. Adding electricity to your shed will enable you to use your shed in new ways and more ways.

Hiring An Electrician When Adding Outdoor Electricity

Whatever your reason for wanting outdoor electricity, you will find Rose Brothers & Sons Electric are well trained, dependable and professional. Your electric job will be done with expertise and care so that you can rely on it for years to come. Whenever you need an electrician, you can trust Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. Call today for quality electrical work at an unbeatable price!

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Common Electrical Repairs in Winter

electrical repairs in winterThe winter months can create extra problems for your electrical system. If you find yourself needing electrical repairs in winter, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help. They are a locally owned, family run business who services Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are some of the problems your may experience as the temperatures drop.

Overloaded Circuits

People often overload their circuits in the wintertime. Using portable electric heaters can often cause a problem because they use more electricity. You will notice if your circuit is overloaded that your circuit breaker will trip more often. If you are having this problem and can’t find an outlet in the room to hold the load, you can call an electrician who can help you add another circuit or upgrade your system to handle the electricity you need. Don’t forget portable heaters can be dangerous, so use precaution to avoid a house fire.

Wet Electrical Connections

Another repair that tops the electrical repairs in winter list is wet electrical connections. Water and electricity don’t mix. You will find in areas that commonly have water near them, that you have GFCI outlets to protect you and your electrical system. They are usually located outside and in the kitchen and bath areas. If your electrical system or outlets get wet, they can short out your electrical system and create the need for an electrician.

Electrical Repairs in Winter

Don’t play around when it comes to solving your electrical problems. Be safe. If you’re experiencing problems with your electrical system, call a professional electrician to figure out the cause, fix the problem and educate you about your house and how the electrical system works. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have 3 vans loaded with electrical supplies and tools so that they are prepared to handle your winter electrical repairs. They also send out master electricians who know how to handle the situations they come across. For excellent service and dependability, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all your electrical needs.

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Space Heater Safety

space heater safetyMany people resort to using space heaters to keep warm in the winter. They work great and do a good job when they are used properly. Unfortunately many people don’t know enough about using a space heater to keep them safe. According to a NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) report in 2013, over half the deaths caused by heater related fires resulted from improper use of space heaters. Here are a few precautions to help you use Space Heaters Wisely.

It Matters Where You Place Your Space Heater

One of the leading causes of space heater fires results from space heaters being placed to close to combustible items or items that burn easily. Keep your space heater away from combustible storage items and cleaning supplies. Don’t put your space heater too close to upholstered furniture, bedding, clothes or mattresses. Keep children and pets away from your heater and teach them to avoid it .

Combustion Space Heaters

Space heaters come in 2 types, those you plug in and those that operate with combustible propane or kerosene. Combustion heaters should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas. Because they give off carbon monoxide fumes, they should never be used in enclosed areas. Even tents and other outdoor situations don’t create enough ventilation to make using a combustion heater safe. They can get extremely hot and can ignite combustible items quickly.

Electric Space Heaters

Electric Space heaters can be used indoors. There are several different kinds of electric space heaters. Small space heaters are ideal for rooms around 100 sq. feet (about 10×10). They can have metal coils or ceramic encased wires. They normally have 2 settings and can operate on 1000 watts or 1500 watts. Some have oscillating fans to spread the heat over a larger area. Larger rooms are best kept warm with convection units or electric radiators because they are quieter and don’t use a fan. They can come in upright designs or baseboard heaters.

Do Space Heaters Save You Money?

Space Heaters that run off electric are more expensive to run than other heaters. The only way you can save money using a space heater is if you turn the thermostat down in other areas of the house to offset the use of the electric. This works well if you spend the majority of your time in a single room or you have a home office or workshop you need to keep warm.

Space Heater Safety – Use Space Heaters Wisely

Newer Space heaters are safer. They have grills to protect you from burns, safety thermostats that turn off when it’s too hot or the space heater tips over.   Heaters for bathrooms and wet areas need to be rated for damp areas to avoid causing electrical shorts.

Space Heaters require a lot of electrical current. The cords can become hot. Don’t use an extension cord and never run the heater cord under a rug or furniture where a fire might get started. If you have to use an extension cord make sure it is rated for the load your heater has.

Be careful when you choose to use a space heater. Place it away from anything that will burn and use precaution.

If you have any safety concerns about your heating system or electrical system, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you. Don’t put up with annoying electrical problems when you have trusted electricians only a phone call away.

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Hiring an Electrician in Northern Kentucky

electrician in Northern KentuckyWorking with an electrician in Northern Kentucky should be a good experience. No one wants to work with a company that doesn’t provide professional service and send out trained employees who are easy to get along with. Here are a few things to consider when you are hiring an electrician in Northern Kentucky.

Pick Your Electrical Contractor Wisely

Not every job should be done by an amateur; working with electricity is a good example. When you need to replace wiring or install new wiring, there are many things you need to consider that might not be what you are used to thinking about. A professional electrician can provide you with safe electrical repairs and installations that meet building codes and will pass building and fire inspections the first time. If you are looking for a Northern Kentucky electrician, pick a company that has a good reputation and is licensed and insured.

Get a Good Estimate Up Front

If you are planning a remodeling project or need a new installation, make sure you get a good estimate. If a product hasn’t been chosen, say the light fixtures, for example, then there should be an estimate or an allowance for those items. This gives you the homeowner wiggle room to pick the fixtures of your choice. You will also know, up front if you want something more expensive how much it will cost you. Having a good estimate allows you to plan better and eliminates surprises.

Know Who Your Working With

If you are hiring an electrician in Northern Kentucky, you will be working with the company and it’s employees for possibly a long time. You need to know in advance that the company you hire has qualified employees who are trained and professional at what they do. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric have master electricians on every project along with an apprentice to help. They are experts in their field, licensed and insured so that you don’t have to worry. Because Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is a locally owned, family run business you can depend on them to give you excellent personal service. Their reputation depends on it. You can depend on them to show up on time and get the job done to your satisfaction.

Hiring an Electrician in Northern Kentucky

If you need an electrical contractor for residential or commercial electrical work, you can depend on the trusted name of Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. Call today for all your electrical repairs and installations.

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Automatic Home Standby Generators

standby generator

Most people in the United States depend on electricity every day. We use electric for heating, cooling, cooking, and more. So when the power goes out, it can cause more than just a nuisance. For people on home medical equipment, it can be life threatening. Good new is that it doesn’t have to be. You can protect you and your family 24/7 with an automatic home standby generator.

Power Outages

Winter storms, high winds, lightening or downed power lines are a few of the causes of power outages. Whatever the cause, power outages are a serious nuisance. Not only is it an inconvenience, but you can also lose thousands of dollars due to spoiled food, lost computer files or water damage. Not to mention not being able to cook or see what you’re doing.

Automatic Home Standby Generators

An automatic home standby generator automatically switches on when the power goes down. It is constantly monitoring your house’s power and activates when it senses concern. Unlike most generators, you don’t have to be home to turn it on and your don’t have to poor gas in, hoping the thing runs because you haven’t used it in so long.

Peace Of Mind – You Will Never Lose Power

With an automatic home standby generator, you can relax knowing you or your loved ones will stay warm during cold winter weather. Your pipes won’t freeze because of a loss of power. All your electrical appliances, including your refrigerator and freezer will remain working, so you don’t have to worry about spoiled food. If you have medical equipment that requires electricity, you can rest assured you will not have an interruption. Things like your sump pump and other equipment will continue to work and protect you from flooding. There are many reasons why having a standby generator can give you peace of mind and prevent the difficulties power outages cause.

If you have questions about a standby generator, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They are a full service electric repair company that handles all electric work and installations.

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Setting New Year’s Resolutions

new year's resolutionSetting New Year’s Resolutions has been a tradition for many years. In fact the tradition dates back as far as the ancient Babylonians who made promises to their gods at the start of each new year. They would promise to return items they borrowed and pay back debts. The Romans began each year making promises to the god Janus and that is why the first month in the calendar year is January. Traces of the tradition of setting a New Year’s Resolution continued, through the Middle Ages and on.

Judaism and The New Year

During Rosh Hashanah and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) Jewish people reflect upon their actions over the year and seek forgiveness and offer forgiveness to others. This is similar to personal reflection and promises made during the lent season.

Reflecting Upon Self Improvement – New Year’s Resolutions

New year’s Resolutions involve many aspects of life. Physically you may want to exercise more, eat less or start walking a mile each day. Mentally you may decide to smile more often or quit being negative. You may want to improve your career or finances. The decision to volunteer more, pray more often or take a trip is a common goal for the New Year. Deciding to remodel your home or settle down and get married may be on your list too.

Decisions To Take Care of You and Your loved Ones Better

You may decide to make changes to your life or to better the lives of your loved ones. Having an electrician who can help keep you and your family safe is one idea. You can call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric to get a safety audit to make sure your home’s electric is safe and the wiring won’t cause an electrical fire. You may also decide to upgrade your electrical services in the New Year. If you have any questions or need your electrician’s assistance, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Finding An Electrician At Christmas

finding an electrician at Christmas TimeMerry Christmas from your friends at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.  We are thankful to be able to offer you electric repairs and installations by our dedicated staff.  We hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!  We know that you are looking forward to the Holiday Weekend as much as we are.  Enjoying time with your family and friends is what makes Christmas time special each year.  If you need an Electrician at Christmas time, we will be happy to help you.

Family Celebrations

There are always lots of family celebrations and parties this time of year.  Spending time seeing family you don’t get to see often and enjoying laughter around the dinner table is a treat for people of all ages.  It never fails during busy times when your house is full of guests that the unexpected happens.  Your oven quits working or your electric goes out.  We don’t want to leave you in the dark over the holidays or hungry with nothing to eat.  If you are having electric problems, give us a call.

Christmas Lights

During the holidays, enjoy the Christmas lights.  There are so many different light shows and celebrations around the greater Cincinnati area.  You can stop by Fountain Square to ice skate or enjoy the lights on Newport on the Levee.  We hope you and your family will take time to enjoy the holidays and spending time together.

Finding an Electrician at Christmas Time

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, your Northern Kentucky electricians will be busy.  This is one of the busiest times of year.  With all the extra company and extra food preparation, you may find you need to call for electrical repairs.  Don’t worry though, you can depend on the reliable service of Rose Brothers and Sons Electric for all your electrical repairs or installations.  Call today and we will be happy to help you.  Merry Christmas!

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