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Keeping Your Pets Safe Around Electricity

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Your pet is a loved and well-cared for member of your family. Many pet owners go to lengths such as removing dangerous plants from their home and buying new storage and disposal items for their kitchens to keep their pets safe. While these are excellent pet safety tips that everyone should do, many pet owners overlook one of the biggest dangers in the home for their pets: electricity. Electrical cords, wires, and devices can be incredibly dangerous for pets and it is important that you take precautions before an incident occurs. Let Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, serving Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, help you keep your animals safe around electricity with these few simple tips.

Cords and Cables

It is very easy to forget that cords and wires are lying about in and outside of your home. They are small, usually hidden behind something, and may only be moved once every week or so if that. Your pets might not see cords the same way. Because pets are naturally curious of their surroundings, they will stick their noses (and mouths) in any space they can fit. While cords do not pose a threat if they are touched, often times animals explore new things with their teeth and this can cause a major problem. Not only will your cords be ruined by chewing, your pets will likely sustain injuries and risk electrocution when they chew through live wires. Keep cords that are removable, like chargers for laptops and phones, put away in a drawer. Cords that sit on the floors should be secured against the wall or covered with electrical tape, and you should always pay attention when your pet is near that area. Exposed, live electrical wires that are outside your home should be covered properly to make sure that there is no risk for a dangerous incident.

Electrical Devices

Now that your cords are in a safe space away from your pet, your electrical device is also a concern. Again, because animals like to explore with their mouths, electrical devices are not safe from being a potential hazard. Keep your small electrical devices stored in areas where animals cannot reach, like drawers, separate rooms, or on surfaces that they cannot reach. These devices will not only be ruined by curious mouths, but your pets could be injured with their curiosity.

Ingestion

While the threat of electrocution and injury are scary enough, when your animal swallows wiring or pieces of an electrical device the problem can be even worse. While wiring will likely pass through your pet’s digestive system with ease, the electrocution from ingesting live wiring will leave sores or worse on the inside of your pet’s mouth and throat. These sores have the potential to become infected if they are not treated properly. In addition, the small pieces of electrical devices, like a cell phone or a e-reader, have a very high likelihood of being poisonous to your animals if they are ingested. If your pets swallow pieces of your electrical device it is incredibly important that you take them to a vet as fast as possible.

Rose Brothers & Sons Can Help

If you inspect your home for wires that could be potentially harmful to your pets and discover any potential hazards, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help. Whether you have exposed wiring, want to invest in wireless options for even more safety, or just want solutions to keep electrical wiring as safe as possible, Rose Brothers & Sons is who you need to call. Located in Walton, Kentucky, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. specializes in a variety of residential electrical services. If you want to ensure your home is as safe as possible for your beloved pet, contact us today.

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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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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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5 Preventable Electrical Issues

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Electrical issues will happen in a home, it’s as simple as that. Fortunately, once these issues are determined it is easy to fix the problems to ensure that they stop happening. Let Rose Brothers and Sons of Walton, Kentucky show you five common and preventable electrical issues that can easily be resolved.

Tripped Breaker

Probably one of the most annoying and frequently occurring electrical problems in a home is the tripping of breakers. Breakers are tripped by too much wattage being exerted from outlets, like a hair dryer being used in two rooms, a space heater on an extension cord, or appliances being overloaded in the kitchen. While tripped breakers are not a huge issue and can be easily fixed with the flip of a breaker switch, sometimes the problem is persistent or can cause the breaker to not reset when flipped. If this is the case, a separate breaker may be needed for these specific outlets that are frequently used with high-wattage appliances.

Light Bulbs Burning Out

If you notice that you are having to change the lightbulbs in your home far too frequently, it probably isn’t a problem with the brand of lightbulb that you purchased. While this can be caused by a range of problems, usually there will be a loose circuit or socket that will lead to this. To avoid spending large amounts of money on lightbulbs, fix the issue in the circuit or socket.

Dead Outlet

Dead outlets are, unfortunately, quite common in the home. This may result from a tripped breaker or it could be from a larger connection issue but, whatever the case, it is obnoxious. If resetting your breaker doesn’t work, an expert will need to be called to determine the cause of the malfunction. Once they have assessed the situation and repaired the damage they can also assure that the connection is stable and that the outlet is not overheating, which would cause a dead outlet.

Warm Switches and Fixtures

Have you noticed your appliances or outlets feeling warm to the touch after use? If so, there could be a wiring issue. If you have dimming switches in your home, this is completely normal. But, if you do not have this feature in your home and your outlets are still running warm, it is important that you determine the cause of the issues quickly to prevent a potential electrical fire or damage to your electrical lines.

Flickering Lights

Thankfully, flickering lights are caused by poor wiring connections in your wall and not from something more unsettling, like ghosts. If you notice a single flickering light, a single connection may be weak. If you become aware of flickering lights throughout your entire home, there is an issue with the main wiring. If you notice some lights getting brighter while others look dim, the main neutral connection in your home may need to be evaluated. While flickering and uneven lighting may not be an issue that effects your day to day tasks, this is a sign of a bigger problem that needs to be addressed.

Whatever your lighting issues may be, if you need a professional to fix the issue, Rose Brothers & Sons of Northern Kentucky is here to help. Serving Florence Kentucky, Ft. Mitchell Kentucky, Villa Hills Kentucky, Union Kentucky, Ft. Wright, Hebron Kentucky, Burlington, Covington Kentucky, Erlanger, Independence KY, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Owenton, Park Hills, Cold Spring, Edgewood, Walton, Dry Ridge, Verona, Crittenden, Sparta, Alexandria, Glenco, and Williamstown, you can trust that Rose Brothers & Sons will help with all your electrical problems. As an Angie’s List member with an A+ rating from the BBB, we can guarantee that our services will meet your needs. Contact Rose Brothers & Sons today with any questions.

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What Should Be in Every Homeowner’s Toolbox

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There are certain tools that every homeowner should be in possession of, but where do you start when putting together your toolbox? Many people can often be overwhelmed when they first purchase a home as to what tools are necessary to keep everything in working order. Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. serving Northern Kentucky, southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati provides you with tips for choosing the right tools for your toolbox.

Necessary Tools for Every Homeowner

  • Claw Hammer– This tool is used for driving in nails, as well as levering them out.
  • Adjustable Wrench– This tool can be used for many tasks, since its jaws are adjustable for nuts and bolts of various sizes.
  • Locking Pliers– This tool also had adjustable jaws and is used for gripping nuts, pipes, and fixtures.
  • Combination Pliers– This tool can be used to turn, hold, or pull out various types of nails.
  • Flashlight– This tool is necessary for seeing in various dark areas.
  • FlatHead Screwdrivers– This tool allows you to deal with slot-headed screws.
  • CrossHeaded Screwdrivers– This tool allows you to deal with cross-headed screws.
  • Utility Knife– This knife is used for precision, as well as general cutting purposes.
  • Tape Measure– This tool is essential for providing you with accurate measurements.
  • A Variety of Hardware– It is essential to keep a large selection of various nails and screws so that you always have a large range of choices available to you.
  • Level– This tool provides you with vertical and horizontal guide lines when positioning various items.
  • Dust Masks, Safety Glasses, and Work Gloves– These are all necessary to keep you safe when working. Dust masks while prevent you from inhaling substance when sanding or sawing. Safety glasses will protect your eyes from substances and debris as well. Work gloves are necessary when handling various materials or using certain tools.
  • Calculator– This is necessary when calculating measurements.
  • Cordless Drill– This tool is necessary for various tasks.
  • Step Stool– This can provide you with a good platform to reach elevated surfaces for different tasks.
  • Extension Cord– This allows you to move a power supply outside of your home or to places that may not be near a power source.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati

If you need additional help with any of your tasks around the home, then please do not hesitate to stop by your favorite local, family owned business, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. of Florence, Kentucky. We have been your trusted electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky, southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati for over 45 years. We can offer you help with anything from small repairs to large electrical construction projects. Your safety and happiness is of the utmost importance to us; we want to provide you with the best possible experience by providing you with actual solutions instead of just temporarily fixing your problem. We also have an excellent record on Angie’s List, as well as an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Contact us today for all of your electrical needs!

 

 

 

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Keeping Your Children and Pets Safe from Electricity in Your Home

children playing with electricity

When it comes to what you love, such as your children or pets, safety is of the utmost importance. So, how do you protect your children and pets from electricity in your home? Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric & Construction of Florence, KY provides you with these tips to keep your family safe from electricity in your home!

Pet Safety

  • Keep cables out of sight– Electrical cords are a huge danger for pets, as their chewing or playing with them can lead to shocks, burns, or even fires. It is important to make sure all cords are safely tucked away.
  • Keep sleeping pets away from electronic equipment– Pets, particularly cats, have a tendency to curl up and sleep behind warm appliances such as computers. Try to halt this behavior by creating a bed for them by a sunlit window.
  • Don’t leave heating equipment unattended– It is very important to make sure your pets are not unattended near heating equipment such as a hair straightener or portable heater, as they can easily burn themselves on these items.
  • Check plug sockets­- Make sure all plugs are completely plugged into their sockets, because if they are partially exposed, it could result in a shock to a pet’s tongue or wet nose.

Child Safety

  • Unplug unused devices– It is important to unplug any device that heats up as soon as you are done using it. This helps avoid burns to children and fires from being started.
  • Safety-check appliances– It is important to check your appliances every so often to make sure they are running correctly still.
  • One plug per socket– Try not to overload your plug sockets, especially with appliances that take a lot of power.
  • Turn appliances off– Make sure that you turn all appliances that are not designed to stay on overnight off before you go to bed.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati

If you still feel as though you need help making your home safer for your children and pets, then do not hesitate to stop by your favorite local, family owned business, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. of Florence, Kentucky. We have been your trusted electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky, southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati for over 45 years. We can help you with any electrical needs from small repairs to large electrical construction projects. We also care about your safety and happiness; we want to provide you with the best possible experience by providing you with actual solutions instead of just temporarily fixing your problem. We also have an excellent record on Angie’s List, as well as an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Contact us today for all of your electrical needs!

 

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