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Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

outdoor electrical safety tipsThis is the time of year when outdoor electrical safety tips are important to consider. With Halloween just around the corner, millions of Americans will be hosting outdoor activities or participating in trick or treat. While decorating your house and using fancy lights, blow up figures and other electrical decorations is fun, you also need to ensure the safety of your friends and family. Rose Brothers and Sons can provide outdoor outlets and other electrical services. Here are a few outdoor electrical safety tips to keep you and your family safe:

Outdoor Outlets

It is important to keep outdoor outlets away from water. Outdoor outlets installed correctly will have protection from the weather. This includes outlet covers and a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). This will offer additional protection from electrical shock.

GFCIs are required for outlets within 20 feet of a water source. Outlets near the pool, hot tub or other water using appliances should have a GFCI.  This is one of the most important outdoor electrical safety tips you can’t ignore.

Outdoor Lighting and Decorations

Inspect your outdoor lighting and replace burned out or broken bulbs. Inspect power cords for fraying, loose plugs or other damage. Make sure if you are having guests walk through your yard that you allow enough lighting to prevent falls in the dark. If you are using an extension cord make sure it is in good working order. Extension cords should only be used for temporary needs. When using an extension cord make sure it is approved for outdoor use.   Keep cords and other items out of the way to avoid trips and falls. Never remove the third prong from a plug. Only use lighting and decorations that are manufactured for outside use.

Power Line Safety

When using a ladder to hang stringing lights or other decorations be careful and stay away from overhead power lines.   Always carry your ladder sideways instead of vertically to avoid contact with a power line.

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

Arcing of Home wiring is responsible for multiple home fires each year. Your home’s circuit breakers can’t respond quickly enough to arcing conditions to prevent household fire. An arc-fault circuit interrupter acts quickly and prevents fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, AFCIs will reduce electrical fires started by arcing and sparking.

Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips

We hope you enjoy your Halloween festivities. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here to help you and your family stay safe. If you need electrical repairs, electrical installations or other wiring we can help. We also offer emergency electrical services in Northern Kentucky 24/7 for your convenience. When you need an electrician in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help and also ensure your outdoor electrical safety is taken care of. Our licensed electricians can provide professional electrical repairs for both residential and commercial service.

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How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

how to save on utilities this winterWe’d like to show you how to save on your Utilities this winter. If you haven’t already had an energy assessment, now may be a good time to call your electrician in Northern Kentucky to see how efficient your home is. You might be surprised to learn there are many ways to cut utility costs this fall. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Open all south facing window coverings to allow the sun to warm your house naturally in the daytime.
  • Cover drafty windows with tight fitting plastic. Select energy efficient window treatments the next time you replace your blinds or shades. Consider installing storm windows, which can save you 25% to 50% on heat loss through your windows.
  • Set your thermostat to the lowest setting you can tolerate during the day. Wear warm clothing to stay warm. At night lower the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees more for savings of up to 10%.
  • Seal Leaks around windows and doors using weather stripping or caulk. Find and seal leaks around pipes, gaps around the chimney and fireplace, gaps around recessed lights, and leaks in the unfinished spaces in cupboards and closets.

Fall Maintenance Prepares Your Home For Winter

Fall maintenance is a preventative way to prepare your home for winter and avoid winter time home repairs.  Your HVAC technician will make sure your heating system is clean and well lubricated: filters and vents that need changed or cleaned will be taken care of. Now is a good time to inspect the furnace, chimney, ducts and pipes for leaks, cracks or needed repairs. Insulate pipes, sweep the chimney, and cover your AC unit to get ready for colder weather.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector.  If you don’t have a quality smoke or carbon monoxide detector system, we can help with installation.

The Truth About Fireplaces

If you leave your chimney flue open all the time, you are losing heated air. It’s like having a window open in your home. Close the chimney flue after you’ve had a fire. Traditional fireplaces are not too effective when it comes to heating your house. Unless you have a newer fireplace insert you could be taking warm air from your room and simply sending it up the chimney. A better option to keep some of the heat in is to open a window near by about 1 inch. Close the doors to the room and turn your heat thermostat down to 50 or 55 degrees. This allows more of the heat to come into the room. Traditional fireplaces have been banned from new construction in some places because of the air pollution they cause.  You can save on your utilities by using your fireplace properly, adding a new insert or closing the flue between uses.  For more information visit the Energy.gov website about fireplaces and fireplace inserts.

A Simple Step To Save Electricity

One of the easiest ways you can save on electricity is by turning appliances off when you’re not using them. It is estimated over 3.5 billion dollars are wasted because most people leave computers and other appliances plugged in when they’re not in use. Using a power strip is the easiest way to save electricity from being used this way. Simply turn the power strip off when you’re not using the computer or appliance. This one simple step can save on your electric bill.

Replace Older Appliances

It is no coincidence that older houses and appliances use more energy. If you are wondering how to save on your Utilities this winter, consider upgrading your electricity or replacing older appliances with newer more energy efficient products. You’ll see savings right away.

How To Save On Your Utilities This Winter

If you are concerned about how to save on your Utilities this winter, contact Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and ask about ways you can ensure your electrical system is working properly and not wasting energy. A programmable thermostat may be an option that will help you keep your heating temperature under control. We would love to help you find ways to lower your heating costs and electric utilities. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today!

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How To Connect Two Wires Together Using A Wire Nut

how to connect two wires together using a wire nutThis is how to connect two wires together using a wire nut. If you are working on anything electric, you should always turn the electricity off or unplug the appliance you’re working on before you start. Any Northern Kentucky Electrician will tell you that if you are unfamiliar with electricity or circuitry it is always a good idea to call a professional electrician and don’t attempt DIY repairs.   There are specific electrical codes that require the right connections and the right size wire nuts.  Electricity is not only dangerous to work with but repairs that are done poorly or incorrectly pose a fire hazard that is not worth the risk. This is how to connect two wires together using a wire nut the correct way.  If you are attempting to fix a broken lamp cord or extension cord, it is often safer to buy a new cord or lamp than use a cord that has been mended.  This is not a how to mend cords.

Strip Wire Insulation

Electrical wires are insulated for protection from heat and to keep the wires from touching. Find the end of the wire you want to splice and using a wire cutter or wire stripping tool, you will first strip the insulation off the wire about an inch. Look at your wire stripper and you will notice holes with numbers. These numbers refer to the gauge size of the wire. Insert your wire into the proper hole and holding the wire with your fingers or pliers, pull the wire through the hole. It should strip the end of insulation.

Twist the Wires

After you have stripped the insulation from both wires, hold them together and using your thumb and forefinger twist the wires together. This should form a good connection that doesn’t come apart when pulled upon. You can cover this with electrical tape.

How To Connect Two Wires Together Using A Wire Nut

Once you have the electrical tape on, you can add a wire nut to the end for extra protection and insulation. This is an often-overlooked step that can cause problems in the future.

If you have questions about how to connect two wires together using a wire nut or you would like to have a professional electrician do your repairs, please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We specialize in small appliance repair and offer 24/7 emergency electrical repair services.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

fall home maintenance checklistAs fall approaches, homeowners need to think about getting out their fall home maintenance checklist and begin preparing for the next season. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric wishes to provide this simple fall home maintenance checklist so you can prepare your home and property for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter. This checklist will ensure your home is safe, energy efficient and ready for the months to come.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Inspect the gutters for debris. Fall is the time gutters can get clogged.
  • Plan to drain outdoor faucets and winterize your sprinkler system.
  • If you have a chimney, now is a good time to have your chimney cleaned and ready for the first chilly night.
  • Maintain your HVAC system.
  • Drain the water heater and remove build up
  • Test electrical outlets & GFCI outlets
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke alarms
  • Inspect for drafts and winterize windows and doors
  • Prepare for winter storms with necessary supplies

Professional Electrical Inspections

If you need an electrical inspection, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help. It is our goal to educate commercial and residential customers while protecting families and businesses from preventable risks. Our experienced team of master electricians can assist you with your fall home maintenance checklist.

We have the expertise and knowledge to address any electrical project you have. For questions about proper maintenance of your electrical system or to request our services, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today! We will be happy to help!

 

The following is a full list of our services:

  • Residential, commercial and industrial electrical contracting
  • New construction
  • Service work
  • Renovation electric
  • Electric system inspection
  • Electrical service changes and upgrades
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement
  • Problem solving
  • Break downs in electrical service
  • Receptacles, breakers, panels
  • Lighting
  • Landscape lighting
  • Security Lighting
  • Recessed lighting
  • Ceiling fansand light fixtures
  • Computer lines
  • Spa and Pool Heater connections
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation
  • HVAC wiring
  • Transformer pads
  • Duke Energy service integration
  • Code violation repairs
  • Exterior lighting, security lighting, parking lots
  • Generators
  • Electrical storm damage, surge protection, lightning damage insurance claims accepted
  • Meter base changes
  • Commercial wiring, large amp underground service installs
  • Underground cabling
  • Industrial plant wiring, lighting, maintenance
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Get Home Renovating Ideas During Local Home Tours

home renovation ideasNow is a great time to get home renovation ideas!  September 2015 offers two local home tours that you won’t want to miss.  Whether you have an older house you are renovating or you are thinking of choosing a builder, here are two home tours where you can see what’s happening and have some of your questions answered.

Parade Craze Tour of New Homes

According to the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, the 2015 Parade Craze Tour of New Homes is the largest Open House event in Cincinnati.  The show will offer attendees the opportunity to visit new homes every weekend during September (September 5-6; 12-13; 19-20; 26-27).  Parade Craze Tour of New Homes will feature established new home builders showcasing their homes, floor plans, communities, etc. Tickets and information are available on the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati website

Dayton Street 19th Century Homes Tour

Once considered Millionaire’s Row, Dayton Street in Cincinnati is full of large mansions built in the late 1800s. These mansions have been under various home renovations for decades and now house some of the original artwork and period furnishings.September 13, from 1-4 dozens of these mansions will be open to the public.  Many of these homes have been restored to their past glory and some are in the midst of home renovations.  If you’re looking for a unique home tour, this might be just what you are looking for.  You can get a better idea of the houses and what they have to offer at the Dayton Street Neighborhood Association website.  Tickets for the event will be available at the corner of Dayton Street and Baymiller the day of the sale.  Tickets are $10. each.

Getting Home Renovation Ideas At Local Home Tours and New Home Shows

You will find the area of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offer a variety of home tours throughout the year.  This is just one of the many places you can find home decorating and renovating ideas.  Many people who are considering buying a new home or redecorating a home they already own, begin the process by going on local home tours, open houses and the Home Builder’s Association Homearama.  Whether you are planning to redecorate your living room, a basement, attic or bedroom, the more ideas you see and homes you tour, the better idea you’ll have of what interests you.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is proud to be a part of the Greater Cincinnati community.  We are a professional electrical contractor who can help you with all your electrical repairs and upgrades.  We are a locally owned electrical company who has been serving the area for decades.  We would love to help you with your next home renovation project or putting electric services into your new home.

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The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

the one question new homeowners often forget to askThe one question new homeowners often forget to ask the seller is what the utility bills are. This can become a real issue if you are planning your budget and don’t factor in a higher utility bill. Here are a few things you can ask about the home that will help you determine what your utility bill will be and if there is anything you can do to upgrade the wiring or change to make your home more energy efficient.

So, How Much Does The Utility Bill Run Each Month?

Whether you are using natural gas or electric, you can tell how energy efficient the home is by the utility bills. A modern bathroom with heated floors may seem great until you consider the amount of electricity running those heaters costs. There are many items that contribute to the utility bill. This includes things like how many people live in the house and what the appliances are. You have to consider all the aspects of the current user when you start comparing utility costs with what you’re expecting or what you’re used to. This is the one question new homeowners often forget to ask.

Consider Home Energy Efficiency

When you begin looking at ways you can save money on your utility bills, look at all the appliances and see how old they are. The water heater can use a lot of energy and so can the washer and dryer. Consider alternatives to what the existing appliances are. Look around your doors and window for leaks and consider having the air ducts and HVAC system inspected. You may also be able to save money changing the lighting or depending more on natural lighting. Windows can also be a huge factor in how energy efficient your home is. Consider how old the windows are and what the cost of replacing them would be. You might be able to install quality window treatments at the windows to help with insulation and lighting. Finally consider how old the wiring is and ask your electrician if an electrical upgrade would help.

The One Question New Homeowners Often Forget To Ask

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re buying a new home. Make sure you ask all the questions you can think of and especially the one question new homeowners often forget to ask. You can save yourself a lot of headaches and extra expenses by asking questions first and planning ahead. If you have questions about your electric or need electrical repairs, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We will be happy to help you.

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Top Things To Do In Florence Kentucky

top things to do in Florence KentuckyFlorence is a great place to live! You will find a variety of things to do and fun for all ages. Looking for the top things to do in Florence Kentucky? Rose Brothers & Sons Electric offers this list of amazing things to do in Florence.

Top Things To Do In Florence Kentucky

Turfway Park – For live thoroughbred racing all year round, Turfway Park offers many events throughout the year including night races and special events.

Florence Freedom – The Florence Freedom are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League. Games are played at the UC Health Stadium in Florence and offer fun for the whole family.

Florence Speedway– This ½ mile dirt oval racetrack is the elite, racing venue for Late Models, Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Hornets. The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame is also on the premises.

Florence Mall –features 100 stores and 4 anchor stores with a large food court.  Just look for the water tower!

Xhiliracing – Indoor go kart racing offers fun for kids of all ages. Enjoy the thrill of these high-speed racecars that operate on electricity.

Attractions Near By

Florence Family Aquatic Center – This is a public swimming pool and more. Features a large competition pool, playgrounds, lazy river and slides.

Parks, Parks and More Parks

Lincoln Woods Park – offers a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts and more.

Florence Nature Park – acres of trails and amenities for picnics and other gatherings.

Doe Run Lake Park – enjoy the lake and other park amenities.

Pioneer Park features a dog run.

Springtown Park – Enjoy a playground that resembles a castle.

If you are moving to Florence KY, visiting Florence or have lived here for years, we know you will develop your own list of top things to do in Florence Kentucky. We hope this list gets you energized to try new things and explore the city of Florence Kentucky. Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, your Florence Kentucky electrician wishes you and your family a great day!

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Home Electricity and Preventing Power Outages

electrical contractorHome electricity is a necessity Americans have come to depend on. We need electric for lights, cooking, cleaning and in some cases life-support. It wasn’t too long ago in our history that people lived without electricity. Today, when the power goes out, we are left in limbo and inconvenienced until the lights come back on. Some areas have experienced many problems associated with power outages that have left families devastated and businesses without revenue. Fortunately most hospitals and public areas have backup power to depend on. Here are a few of the causes of power outages and what you can do to prepare for them.

Weather Causing Power Outages

Most of the power outages in the Northern Kentucky area are caused by weather. Snow, rain, ice and wind can all take a toll on electrical systems. Although it is almost impossible to plan for a flood or tornado, you can take precaution to protect your electrical system from damage from water, moisture and dust. Dust and water can damage your home electricity causing serious costly repairs. Sealed circuit boxes help protect your electrical system from water damage. Where your electric boxes are, also helps. More severe weather concerns have sometimes left entire regions without power. You may not be able to prevent such catastrophes, but you can prepare for them. Having candles, canned food, extra water or a back-up electric generator can help.

Other Causes of Power Outages

Other power outages result when power lines and wires are damaged. Large animals and birds can sometimes cause power outages. Other outages occur when automobiles wreck into power lines or the power company is working on power lines sometimes power outages are the result of human error. Other power outages are the direct result of short circuits. This is when the electrical current takes a wrong path causing excess in electrical current that can lead to circuit damage, fire or explosion. Short circuits are one of the primary causes of fires in the area. Short circuits occur for many reasons, damaged wires, water or other conducting material that comes in contact with the current. Motors that are jammed can also cause a short circuit.

Preventing Power Outages with Good Electrical Installations

One way to prevent power outages and short circuits is to make sure you have good quality materials in place in your electrical system. Make sure you hire a certified electrician who will install your electrical system the right way without cutting corners. Wires should always be good quality and the right gauge for your application. Pumps, pistons, rotors and other moving parts should be inspected and maintained to prevent short circuits caused by jammed equipment. Circuits should not be overloaded. High quality circuit breakers and fuses should be used to protect against circuit overload. All circuit breakers and electrical wiring should be kept away from water and moisture. Besides power outages, your electrical system should also be able to withstand the problems of power surges and low voltage. If you have questions about your home electricity, call your trusted electrical contractor, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They will be happy to help you.

 

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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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