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Electrical Items You May Not Know Can Expire

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Have you ever reached for a container in the back of your refrigerator and been greeted with fuzzy, disturbingly grotesque mold? While this is a common occurrence for food products, many people are unaware that other household items, particularly those that run on electricity, can expire just as easily. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, serving all of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we want to show you a few household items you may not know can expire, to help ensure the safety of you and your family.

Smoke Detectors

Both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors expire. With a usual working time of ten years, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced after this time. While many people believe that simply changing the batteries on their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will keep them working, this is not the case. Smoke detectors are required to have printed expiration dates and it is important that you abide by these. The actual sensors start to malfunction after ten years and it is necessary that you buy new detectors to ensure your safety. Also, as a rule of thumb after purchasing a new home, have all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors replaced.

Batteries

Batteries start to dissipate immediately after they are manufactured. It is important that you go by the expiration date on the battery box to ensure that your devices work properly. Battery expiration dates and length of life are also influenced by the size and style of the battery in question. Batteries kept in dry, room-temperature storage will last the longest.

Power Strips and Surge Protectors

Power strips and surge protectors can be incredibly dangerous if they are used outside of their warranty date. Because surge protectors and power strips are not required to have a written expiration date, using the warranty time is usually the best way to judge the anticipated date of expiration. If you use power strips and surge protectors after they are good you pose the risk of starting a fire in your home if the products are overworked. To ensure that this does not happen, pay attention to the warranty length, and buy new products if the product looks discolored near the outlets, begins to malfunction, or feel shot when in use. Always buy OSHA or UL rated power strips and surge protectors.

Located in Walton, Kentucky, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. specializes in a variety of residential electrical services. With our team of certified professionals, we have maintained an NKEA license for over 20 years. In addition to this license, we have been a member of Angie’s List for many years and we are proud to have an A+ rating from the BBB. If you want to ensure that your home is as safe as possible when it comes to electrical issues, contact us today.

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What to Do After Getting Your Tech Wet

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Most of us have been through that scary moment in your life when your phone has gotten wet. But what are you to do if you dropped it in puddle after getting out of your car? At Rose Brothers & Sons INC. we know how important your phone is in your everyday life along with other technical items. We do not want you to suffer without having them handy. When you have wet technology, you have the potential to miss important phone calls, turn a report in late or also miss your alarm. None of those situations are idle so it’s crucial to know what to do.

Water isn’t always good.

Water, the building block of life. We all need water to survive but it’s not good for everything. Yes, drink water every day. Yes, water your plants when needed. But never ever sprinkle water on your technical items. We know you know that, but does your three year old? Probably not, so what do you do after you notice your wet technology? One of the most commonly known ways to rescue a wet phone is with a bag of rice. Before you begin, you want to remove your phone case it you have one and wipe the phone off with a towel or rag to get off as much water as possible. Then, if your phone is capable of opening, take it apart and remove the battery. After it’s apart, place the pieces in the bag of uncooked rice and leave them there overnight or at least a few hours. This method seeks to let the rice absorb the water in your wet cell phone so when you go to retrieve it your phone should turn back on.

A lot of people might be tempted to run a grab their hair dryer to blow dry their wet cell phone. Don’t! Doing so will damage your phone even more than the water. If you were to use a blow dryer, you are at a high risk for damaging your phone by frying the insides, literally.

When you get your cell phone wet, the very first thing most people do is check if it still works, or plug it into the wall to see it will still charge. This is also not a good idea. The main reason water ruins your cell phone is because your cell phone uses electricity. No matter how much water actually got on your phone, it is always safe to just leave it alone. Because when you think your phone is still okay, the water is slowly making its way to your circuit board. If you can put your phone down for one night or even better a few days, this can save your phone from being shorted and damaged.

Being a trusted electrical and construction company, we know how to fix and solve many problems and we want to teach our customers what they should do if any of your tech items get wet. We are Located in Walton, KY and are pleased to be serving Northern KY and Cincinnati.

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How to Revamp Your Home’s Electrical System Following a Flood

If your home has experienced a flood, there will be many things you have to worry about removing and repairing. Carpeting, drywall, and sheetrock all have to be removed because they will inevitably lead to mold buildup. In addition to these items, the electrical wiring in your home may also need a lot of work, repair, and possibly complete removal. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we want to show you how to revamp your home’s electrical system following a flood, and help you do it in the safest way possible.

Wait to Enter

After someone is displaced by a flood, it is natural to want to go back into your home after the weather has calmed down. Avoid doing this at all costs until you are absolutely certain that all the power to your home has been shut off and everything has been checked by an electrician or utility worker. It is common knowledge that electricity and water do not mix, and you have to be especially wary about this after a flood. Once you have been given the go-ahead to reenter your home by a trained professional, do not start electrical repair by yourself if you do not have sufficient knowledge on the process. Call an electrician to stay on the safe side.

Check for Damage

Once you are able to use power again, check all of your breakers and ensure that they have not been tripped. You should also test and reset the GFCI outlets. After you have tested and checked all these areas, you may have to trace wiring back to your circuit breaker box to discover where the damage is. If your breaker was damaged an entirely new breaker may need to be installed. Most work with repair should be handled by a trained electrician, so only repair things you know you are capable of handling.

Replace and Salvage

Electronics that were exposed to a few inches of water will likely need to be replaced. Any outlets that were covered in water will also probably need to be replaced. Power strips that were plugged into outlets, or that were touched by water will need to be replaced. Anything that you believe may be salvageable needs to be removed from the water damaged area and set out to dry for a good amount of time. An electrician can also help you determine what is salvageable and what needs to be replaced after a flood.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. we understand how damaging a flood can be to your home, and especially to the electrical wiring in said home. If not repaired and cared for properly, the electrical damage from a flood can be a problem for years down the road. To ensure that you are being safe and revamping your electrical system to the best it can be, Rose Brothers & Sons of Walton, Kentucky, can help. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., we specialize in a variety of residential electrical services, including electrical repair. With our team of certified professionals, we have maintained an NKEA license for over 20 years. In addition to this license, we have been a member of Angie’s List for many years and we are proud to have an A+ rating from the BBB. If you are ready to get your home back on track after a flood, contact us today.

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Do Your Lightbulbs Keep Blowing? We Can Help!

If you have not made the switch the LED lightbulbs in your home, you may still be noticing that the lightbulbs in your home keep blowing out. If this is the case, there are a number reasons as to why this may be happening. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, we can help you discover what issue may be causing the light bulbs in your home to keep blowing.

Lightbulb Choice

Low-quality lightbulbs will burn out faster. In addition to burning out faster, they are more easily affected by issues with wiring, connections, and arcing. When a lightbulb blows, the filament that is used within the bulb breaks. Cheaper lightbulbs are made with thinner materials, including their filaments, which lead to a higher chance of the lightbulb breaking. If you are having an issue with a lightbulb, the first step you should take is to purchase high-quality lightbulbs, LEDs if possible, and see if the problem still exists.

Loose Connection

Make sure your lightbulb is securely in place in your lighting fixture. If the circuit between your lamp and lightbulb is not secure, the electricity will not run from the fixture through the lightbulb properly.

Arcing

Arcing is similar to ensuring that you have a tight connection. Arcing is when the bottom of your lightbulb does not fit tightly enough with the hardware in the light fixture. Arcing generates excess heat around a lightbulb. Excess heat will lead to a blowout. The easiest way to check for arcing is to look at the bottom of your lightbulb for dark spots or pitting on the metal. You can also check the light fixture socket for the same thing. If you suspect that you have arcing, call an electrician to handle the issue and keep yourself safe from an electrical shock.

Voltage

Too much voltage at one socket will decrease the lifespan of a lightbulb. High voltage connections lead to excess heat, which as stated before, will cause your lightbulb to burn out quicker. Voltage issues can stem from the light fixture, the wall connection to your home’s electrical connection, or even the electrical grid in your city.

Rose Brothers & Sons Inc.

If you are experiencing trouble with your lightbulbs, even after switching to a high-quality bulb, it is time to call in a professional electrician to look at the cause. At Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., we specialize in a variety of residential electrical services. With our team of certified professionals, we have maintained an NKEA license for over 20 years. In addition to this license, we have been a member of Angie’s List for many years and we are proud to have an A+ rating from the BBB. In addition to our outstanding customer service history, our workers are fully covered through worker’s compensation, so you don’t have to worry about the possibility that you could get stuck with charges if injuries occur on the job. If you are ready to save your light bulbs and fix the underlying electrical issue in your home, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. today.

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Getting Your Cooling System Ready for Summer

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As spring fades into the long and humid days of summer, it is necessary to prepare your air conditioning unit for the big switch. No one wants to be faced with air conditioning trouble on the hottest days of the year and getting your cooling system ready for the summer is the best way to assure proper function. Let Rose Brothers & Sons Electric of Walton, Kentucky, show you how to prepare your cooling system for summer.

Test Your System

Before the temperature gets too unbearable, test your air conditioning unit. Check and see how long it takes for your unit to turn on, how long it takes for you to notice cold air coming from the vents, and listen for strange noises that you haven’t heard before. If there is a significant amount of time before you hear the unit switch on, if the air isn’t as cold as it should be, or you hear something suspicious, call for an inspection. Make sure to test your air conditioning unit early in the summer to ensure that your unit does not die when you need it the most, and to avoid long wait times for repair.

Check and Clean Your Unit

Cleaning your unit is essential to keeping it up and running smoothly in the summer months. Trim all grass and weeds from around the unit to reduce the risk of anything getting caught inside. Remove debris and dirt from the unit to reduce the possibility of overheating. In addition to cleaning the air conditioning unit outside of your home, ensure that all your ducts, filters, and vents are dusted, cleaned, or replaced, to ensure the best function.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

If your thermostat is past its prime, now is the time to purchase a new one. Thermostats have improved in many ways over the years and investing in a new, programmable thermostat can save you money. Thermostats can be programmed to turn on and off at certain times of the day to accommodate your living schedule, some can even be controlled remotely to help you better maintain the energy usage in your home.

Inspect Your Ducts

If you are noticing higher energy bills for your home, your ductwork might be to blame. Leaks in ductwork can lead to charges that are 20% higher than average. Schedule an inspection for your ductwork early in the summer to avoid potentially high air conditioning costs. In addition, have your inspector make sure all connectors are tight and ensure that all holes and gaps are sealed tightly to avoid air leakage.

To keep your family and your home cool this summer, contact the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. Our team of trained professionals can inspect your air conditioning unit, ductwork, and thermostat to ensure that everything is in working order before the first wave of heat. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, serving all of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, including: Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown. We are proud members of Angie’s List, have an A+ rating from the BBB, and have over 45 years combined electrical experience. You can rest easy knowing that your electrical projects will be handled with the utmost care and expertise.

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A Short Guide to Wiring for Outdoor Hot Tubs

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After you have purchased a hot tub, your next step is installing the appliance. Water and electricity is a very tricky and hazardous mixture, and it is necessary to understand the safety measures that must be taken when dealing with this combination. Let Rose Brothers & Sons Electric of Walton, Kentucky help guide you through the process of wiring for outdoor hot tubs.

Where to Start

Hire an electrician or contractor who is well-versed with the National Electric Code and preferably one who has experience working with hot tubs. Many electricians have not mastered these codes and it is essential that you find someone who has proficiency in them for these projects.

Check Your Electrical Service

Before you purchase a hot tub, ensure that the electrical service panel can handle the extra load of your hot tub. Not only do you need to ensure that you have enough wiring spots available for your new hot tub, you need to make sure you have the proper amperage capacity to power your hot tub.

Protect Your Wiring

All the wiring that runs from your service panel to your hot tub must be protected. PVC pipes and metal conduits are the best choice for this protection. Make sure this wiring is protected well because damaged wiring can lead to hot tub malfunction or potential electrocution if someone is in the water.

GFCIs

GFCIs, or ground circuit interrupters are necessary for any hot tub. GFCIs shut off the power in your hot tub if there is ever a large surge that exceeds the circuit breaker capacity. To ensure that this safety precaution can perform adequately, it must be positioned at least five feet away from your hot tub.

What Not to Do

Avoid all powerlines. Many people do not think about the potential of power lines falling during storms and landing in your hot tub. While one would hope this was never an issue, ensuring that a powerline is not above your hot tub is the best way to prevent this occurrence. Underground wiring should not be used underneath hot tubs. All underground wiring should be at least five feet away from the location of the hot tub and buried at least six inches into the ground for metal raceways and at least a foot and a half for raceways that are nonmetallic. Do not install any low-voltage lighting within ten feet of your hot tub.

When it comes to electricity and water, it is best to let an expert handle everything. Hot tub installation requires a lot more thought about placement and wiring than other household electrical projects, and to ensure your safety, an expert installation is the best choice. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, serving all of Greater Cincinnati, Southern Indiana & Northern Kentucky, including: Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, Williamstown, we can ensure that all of your wiring is done properly and with all NEC guidelines being followed. If you need hot tub wiring, contact the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs.

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How Kentucky’s Weather Can Affect Your Home’s Electrical System

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There’s an old joke in Kentucky: if you don’t like the weather in Kentucky, wait around for a few minutes and it will change. While this is still a joke, it is founded in some semblance of fact: Kentucky’s weather is notoriously temperamental, and this can take a toll on your home’s electrical system, as well as your wallet. If you want to learn more about how to keep ahead of Kentucky’s weather, keep reading and let the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky fill you in.

 

North, South, or Midwest?

Depending on who you ask, Kentucky is in one of three geographic regions of the United States: the North, the South, or the Midwest. There is no real definitive answer to which one is right, at least partly to do with Kentucky’s weather patterns. Kentucky has the chilly winters of the North, the precipitation of the Midwest, and the hot, humid summers of the South. This means that Kentucky’s weather fluctuates wildly from season to season, from incredibly hot in the summer to incredibly cold in the winter, and everywhere in between. Because of this, your electrical system is going to have to work extra hard in order to keep up with the shifts in temperatures. Since heating and cooling is the biggest consumer of energy in most homes, you will have to be extra vigilant with how much you are willing to mess with your thermostat.

 

Don’t forget the weather

Kentucky’s climate includes more than just shifting temperatures: it also includes wild weather. Because of Kentucky’s proximity to the Midwest, tornados have been known to touch down within Kentucky’s borders. Extreme cases like tornadoes aside, Kentucky has been known to have fairly extreme weather, ranging from thunderstorms in the summer to ice storms in the winter. This can down power lines and play general havoc on your electrical system, so be sure you have registered professionals, like those at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc., on speed dial in case of emergencies.

 

If you are worried about Kentucky’s climate messing with your home’s electrical system, never fear, because Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. is Northern Kentucky’s most trusted electrical contractor. We are located in Walton, Kentucky, but we proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, including  Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown.

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What You Need to Know About Your Home’s Electrical System

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When it comes to our homes, we often know just enough to be able to make small changes or do minimal maintenance. This is especially true of our homes’ electrical systems. Most of us aren’t electrical engineers, and so the idea of getting comfortable with our homes’ electricity can be more than just daunting: it can be frightening. But if you are going to own a home, being familiar with this system is more than just important. It’s necessary. Let the experts at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky help you get acquainted.

 

The Electrical Meter

A main electrical line usually comes off of an electrical pole, although it can occasionally be buried underground, and is connected to a meter where it connects with your home. This meter is generally placed outside of the home, and measures the electricity that is moving into your home. Particularly energy conscious homeowners can also purchase “smart meters,” which measure electricity both ways: flowing into and out of your home.

 

The Breaker Panel

Most of us are only familiar with our homes’ breaker panels once a breaker gets flipped and we lose power. But, in actuality, a breaker panel does more than that. The amount of electricity that a home can use at any given time is determined by the size of the main breaker, which is why a power surge can blow the power to your home. Below the main breaker, you will have smaller breakers known as “circuit breakers,” which control individual circuits of electricity in your home. Each of these circuit breakers are designated for specific uses in your home, such as the air conditioning. Within these circuits, you will have wires that are sending electricity through those particular circuits. There are three kinds of wires in each circuit: “hot” wires, which carry electricity directly from the circuit breakers, insulated neutral wires, and uninsulated “ground” wires. If you are doing any electrical work on your own, be wary of the “hot” wires, as they could pose a potential danger to you.

 

While being familiar with your home’s electrical system is important, it can also be dangerous if you don’t have sufficient training with electricity. Ultimately, you should entrust your home’s electricity needs to trained professionals, like those at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky. We are located in Walton, Kentucky, but we proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, including  Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown.

 

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Preparing Your Electronics for International Travel

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Traveling abroad is exciting, but also nerve-wracking. If you are traveling from the United States to another country, particularly if you’re situated, like we are, in Northern Kentucky, you aren’t close to any international borders, so you are going to be very far from home. Because of this, if you forget something, unless you can find it at your destination, you may be out of luck. With this in mind, planning accordingly is essential to getting the most out of your international trip. One thing you may not have thought of that could make or break your trip is whether or not you’ll be able to use your electronics. Not sure what we mean? Keep reading to make sure that your smartphones, hair dryers, and any other electronics stay safe on your international voyage, brought to you by Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. of Northern Kentucky.

 

Figure out what you’ll need

Depending on where you go abroad, everything may be different than it is where you live, but one thing you may not have considered is that power outlets may be different. Because of this, your electrical appliances may be totally unusable in their current state if you go abroad. If you are traveling to Mexico or Canada, you will be fine using your standard American appliances, which run on 120 Volts of power. However, other countries will have differently shaped power outlets, necessitating adapters to go over the plugs of your appliances.

 

Don’t forget the power

It may be more than just the socket that is different where you go, however. Most countries that have different outlets do so because they actually exert different voltages from their sockets. Because of this, an adapter for your appliances may not actually be sufficient. Certain devices, such as certain smartphones, can do voltage conversion on their own, but “dumber” devices like hair dryers will require a voltage converter, as well as an adapter. Otherwise, you may risk ruining your devices.

 

While making sure that your devices are going to be fine while you’re abroad is important, it’s just as important to make sure that the electricity in your home is working perfectly. Whether you want to make sure that everything is in working order before you leave, or you want to optimize your home after you get back, trust in Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. to help you with all of your electrical needs. We are located in Walton, Kentucky, but we proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, including  Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown.

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How to Choose the Right Lighting for a Room

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The right lighting for a space can make a huge difference. There is a reason that fancy restaurants have dim, hazy lighting and department stores have bright, even lighting. While your home isn’t a business, we could all stand to learn a thing or two from how businesses use lighting within spaces to strike the right mood. If you would like to learn more about how to choose the right lighting for a room, let the electricity experts at Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. in Walton, Kentucky inform you.

 

  1. Consider what the room is going to be used for

Lighting should be, at its foundation, functional. In many spaces, if you don’t have artificial lighting of some sort, you won’t be able to see for large portions of the day, and in others, you won’t be able to see at all, so making sure that your lighting is serving the purpose it has is central to choosing the right lighting for your space. Spaces that are primarily going to be used for work of some kind, such as a home office or a kitchen, should have bright lighting that easily and consistently illuminates what you are doing. Spaces that are going to be used for entertaining, however, like dining rooms or living rooms, can have dimmer lighting. Bedrooms, finally, should have the softest lighting of all, in order to encourage relaxation and sleep.

 

  1. Consider the size of a room

The size of a room can greatly impact the kind of lighting that you are going to need. Small rooms, such as closets, home offices, or small bathrooms, could each have their own particular lighting needs, but their size is going to influence what sort of lighting you will need to purchase and install. Smaller spaces are more easily illuminated, so even lower lighting can make a small space feel incredibly bright. Because of this, be careful not to overwhelm your smaller spaces with too much lighting. The converse goes for large spaces. Even very bright lighting can seem like a drop in the bucket for huge, open living rooms or basements, so make sure your lighting packs a suitable punch.

 

  1. Trust in Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. to help

Rose Brothers & Sons, Inc. is here to help you with any of your electricity questions and projects in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area. We are located in Walton, Kentucky, but we proudly serve all of Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, including  Florence KY, Ft. Mitchell KY, Villa Hills KY, Union KY, Ft. Wright, Hebron KY, Burlington, Covington KY, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown.

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