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How To Stay Warm During Power Outages

how to stay warm during power outagesWe’ll show you how to stay warm during power outages. Hopefully you will never experience a significant power outage. If your power goes out in winter or during a winter storm, staying warm can be difficult.  Many times ice and winter storms will cause power outages.  If you cannot use your electrical system for heat, you may find yourself looking for alternative ways to stay warm.  The most important thing to remember is that alternative fuels need to be used safely.  The University of Georgia website offers some good advice on heating safety.

Tips For Staying Warm Without Electricity

Make sure your HVAC equipment is working properly and well maintained before a winter storm occurs.  Many times homeowners put off regular maintenance.  When the weather gets really cold your heater or furnace has to work extra hard.  If a problem is going to occur, this is when it usually happens. Winter storms can easily down power lines causing power outages. If you need electrical repairs during an emergency, we are available 24/7 to get you’re electricity up and running.  If you know you will be without electricity for days, consider purchasing or renting a power generator.

How To Stay Warm During Power Outages

Only heat one room – Try to stay in only one room. Choose a room on the South side of the house.  Make sure you allow natural sunlight in as often as possible.   You can close off the room so that only a small area needs to be heated.  Hang blankets or shower curtains in the windows to keep cool air out.  Rugs and blankets can be used on floors that seem cool.

Dress Warmly – your body will keep warm if you dress warmly.  Keep yourself clothed and use blankets to keep your body heat in.  Wear a hat so that warm air doesn’t escape out of your body.

Eat Before You Go To Bed – If you eat before you go to bed, your body will be digesting. This will allow you to stay warmer.

Put Up A Tent – If you are keeping your family in one room, tents can add some heat.  You can pretend you’re camping out.  This closes off the area you need to heat even more.  It also allows you to share body heat.

If you have questions about how to stay warm during power outages, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are your trusted Northern Kentucky Electricians.

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Losing Power To Your Refrigerator

losing power to your refrigeratorLosing power to your refrigerator can result in ruining food. This can get costly, especially if you have a lot of things in your freezer.  If you have lost power to your refrigerator, there are a few things you can check.

GFCI Receptacles

Many of the outlets in your kitchen are required to be GFCI receptacles.  These outlet prevent shock and are great in areas where water may cause a problem.  They shouldn’t be used for refrigerators though.  The GFCI receptacle often trips and is very sensitive.  It will turn off if it detects a slight possible problem.  That is what it’s designed to do.  This is a real problem if you have your refrigerator plugged into a receptacle of this type.  You could spoil all of your food if your refrigerator went off and you didn’t notice it.  If your losing power to your refrigerator and you have it plugged into a GFCI outlet, push the button to reset the outlet.  Have your electrician replace the outlet with a regular receptacle as soon as possible.

Circuit Breaker Blowing

If you have a circuit breaker that is blowing, you may have too many things attached to the breaker.  You may also have faulty wires or a faulty circuit breaker.  You also may have a problem with your refrigerator.  Your professional electrician will be able to tell you if the problem is in your wiring or if it is in the refrigerator itself.

Losing Power to Your Refrigerator

If you cannot restore the power to your refrigerator, you can use an extension cord to plug your refrigerator into until your electrician arrives.  If you are unable to find power, you can use your cooler to keep things cold.  Call your electrician for emergency repairs so that you get power to your refrigerated items quickly.  Your electrician in Northern Kentucky at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is available 24/7 to help with all your electrical repairs.

 

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How To Keep Puppies From Damaging Electrical Wires

how to keep puppies from damaging electrical wiresAnyone with a new puppy will appreciate learning how to keep puppies from damaging electrical wires.  Puppies chew a variety of things when they are young.  If you’re like most people, your puppy has ruined shoes and torn up important papers.  Hopefully, you have kept them from electrical wires and cords that could possibly injure them.  Here are a few helpful  tips to keep your pet from chewing power cords:

Distract Your Puppy

If you can keep your puppy distracted from the power cords you will be well on your way to keeping your pet safe.  Don’t leave your pet unattended where power cords are.  You should provide plenty of things for your pet to chew on while they are in the chewing stage.  Electrical cords and power supplies should be kept away from your puppy.  You can hide the cords or place something else in the way of the cords.  This will keep you puppy safe until they learn what they can chew and what they can’t

Use A Puppy Deterrent

You can purchase a good puppy deterrent or make one.  Things like hot sauce, Cheyenne Pepper and other items can be mixed in a concoction to keep your puppies from chewing the electrical cords in your house.  If you can put something that will taste awful or hot on the cord and reinforce it with a sharp “No” your puppy will soon learn cords and power supplies are a bad thing to chew.  How to keep puppies from damaging electrical wires is as much about consistency and obedience as anything else.

Cover The Cords

Not every cord you use can be hidden under furniture or blocked from view.  Those cords that are out in the open can be covered with an insulation that will keep your puppy safe until you can get to him or her.  Items like PVC pipe, pieces of rubber hose or bubble wrap will work well.  When you see your puppy chewing through the insulation remember to scold your puppy and let them know this isn’t ok.  Reward any good behavior.

How To Keep Puppies From Damaging Electrical Wires

We hope these ideas will help you keep your puppy from damaging electrical wires and cords in your home.  Most importantly we hope your pet will stay safe and not get into anything electrical.  It can get pretty expensive re-wiring lamps and fixing small appliances.  Power supplies for computers and other electronics can get expensive to replace too.  If you need electrical repairs no matter how small, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and we will be happy to help.

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Electric Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off

electric repairs you shouldn't put offThere are a variety of electric repairs you shouldn’t put off. Many homeowners put off home maintenance because other than being costly, it can be time consuming. You may notice a small leak under your sink and think it’s not that big a deal. Likewise you may see your lights flickering and just think it’s the wiring in your crazy house. But what if you ignore the problem too long and it becomes a safety issue. Or like the leaking sink, it can actually cause more problems later on or be the indication of a larger problem brewing under the surface. Here are a few electric repairs you shouldn’t put off:

Water Heater Repair

If you notice your water heater is corroding or there is water leaking, you should call your electrician for water heater repair. If the safety valve is leaking, pressure could be building up that may explode if the situation isn’t corrected. Many times sediment builds up in the tank causing it to corrode and leak. These problems are often ignored until a bigger problem surfaces.

Bad Wiring

If you ignore the signs of electrical problems in your home, it might be causing you more problems than you thought it would. The real issue is that it might also create a dangerous situation and a fire hazard. Older homes are at risk for electrical issues. Bare wires can short-circuit your electrical system. You also might need an electrical upgrade so that your electrical system can handle the demands of modern appliances and fixtures. The cost of completely re-wiring your home may be expensive but it will be worth it in the end. Knowing your family is safe is priceless.

Electric Repairs You Shouldn’t Put Off

Of all the home maintenance and repairs you might think can wait, electric repairs should be handled as quickly as possible. Throw away small electrical appliances if the cord is ruined or damaged. Follow all electrical safety precautions and if you know you have an electrical problem like bad wiring, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric today.

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Affordable Electrical Contractors in Northern Kentucky

affordable electrical contractors in Northern KentuckyIf you are looking for affordable electrical contractors in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is the team to call. You won’t find a more reliable electrical repair company in the area. If you have electrical repairs or electrical upgrades you need done, you can depend on the service Rose Brothers supplies.

Adding Electrical Service

If you need new electrical service or are looking for a Northern Kentucky electrical contractor, we can help. We have experience doing electric for new construction and for remodeling of both residential and commercial buildings.   We have a crew of highly skilled electricians who can ensure your job is done on time and on budget.

Electrical Repairs

A professional should handle electrical repairs, even if you consider the repair a simple one. You may think adding an extra electrical outlet in the garage is a simple task. Maybe you found a YouTube video to explain what you need to do. Believe me when I tell you, you don’t want mess around with electrical wiring if you don’t know what you’re doing. Maybe you can learn to play guitar on YouTube or you can learn to fix your toilet.  What’s the worst thing that could go wrong? You don’t play very good or you have to call a professional plumber.   On the other hand, if you mess up on putting in an extra electrical outlet, you could burn the house down.

Electrical Upgrades

If you live in an older house, you may want to consider electrical upgrades to ensure your house is wired properly and isn’t a hazard waiting to happen. If you need affordable electrical contractors in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is experienced, dependable and ready to help with all your electrical needs.

Hiring Affordable Electrical Contractors in Northern Kentucky

Hiring affordable electrical contractors in Northern Kentucky ensures that whatever the electrical project is, it will be done correctly and safely. When it comes time to have the house inspected, you won’t have to worry that the electrical service won’t pass the inspection because everything will be done right and up to code.

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Tis’ the Season To Call Your Local Electrician

your local electricianTis the season to call your local electrician in Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati area. If you are thinking about giving or getting a new appliance or small electrical gift, it might be time to call your electrician to get the proper hook-up. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric, your local electrician is available to provide a variety of services, including:

Electrical Upgrades

If you are purchasing a new electric car, you may need to install an electrical hook up in your garage to handle charging your car. You may be installing new appliances for the holidays; Rose Brothers can help. We can add a dedicated circuit to your panel box so you don’t blow the breaker. We are experienced electricians who service the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area.  We are licensed and insured too. When you hire a professional electrician you are assured the work done follows all safety and code requirements. We work on small electrical repairs and upgrades as well as all aspects of electrical construction.

Emergency Electrical Repairs

We also handle all kinds of electrical repairs. You may not need electrical wiring but maybe something is not working right and you need repairs. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help with your electric system. Besides wiring for new appliances, we also get many calls this time of year for electrical HVAC repairs. If you are without heat don’t hesitate to call your local electrician. We can help get electric to your HVAC system when there is a problem.

Tis The Season To Call Your Local Electrician

Whenever you need a qualified electrician, you can depend on the services of Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We have 3 master electricians available to help with any electrical repairs or electrical upgrades. We work hard to provide excellent customer service in a timely way. If you’ve never worked with Rose Brothers, give us a call and experience the difference. We look forward to working with you.

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Tips For Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

tips for hanging outdoor Christmas lightsBelieve it or not, some people look forward to hanging outdoor Christmas lights. If you’re one of those people who already have your plan laid out, this blog probably won’t interest you. If you’re not one of the people with happy thoughts about hanging Christmas lights, then read on. We can help you with a few tips for hanging outdoor Christmas Lights.

Highlight Your Focal Point

When you begin planning your outdoor Christmas light display, make sure you step back and envision how the lights will look when you’re done. Do you have a focal point that you need to highlight? Maybe you have beautiful columns on either side or your door or a roomy porch. If you plan ahead and make sure you highlight the right areas of your home, your lights will look spectacular and make your house look festive just in time for the holidays.

Popular Places to Hang Lights

Besides hanging lights on your roofline or gutter system, many people also light up bushes, hedges and trees. You can run lights around pillars, posts and deck railings for a unique look. Windows and door frames are often perfect for hanging lights and the framing makes it easy. You may also want to run lights down your driveway or on particular paths around your home. Where ever you decide hanging Christmas lights makes sense, make sure you consider safety issues like how far the area is from outdoor outlets and if the wiring will be in a safe place where no one can trip or fall.

Gather Your Lights and Extension Cords

One of our tips for hanging outdoor christmas lights includes measuring. Measure areas you want to light and determine how many lights you need. The more lights you put up and the closer you run the lights the lighter and brighter your Christmas display will be.   It is much easier to plan ahead with the right amount of light strands than try to add a strand of lights later on.  Make sure your extension cords are UL approved for outdoor use and make sure your lights can also be used outdoors. Make sure if you’ve saved lights from last year that they are in good condition. Avoid frayed or damaged cords. Remember that a strand that isn’t working could ruin your display or worse yet, start a fire.

A Case For LEDS

LED lights will save you money on energy costs. They also don’t overheat so you don’t have to worry about that. LED lights are quite popular Christmas lights and come in a variety of styles.

Tips For Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Have a helper if you are hanging outdoor Christmas lights.  It makes things go so much easier and you will be less likely to fall off a ladder.  Always hang lights from sturdy eaves and tree branches.  If you experience electrical problems when hanging Christmas lights, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We offer fast friendly electrical repairs and after hours we have emergency electrical repairs 24/7. Good luck hanging Christmas lights. We hope this season is filled with safe happy memories.

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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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Electrical Safety and Fire Prevention

electrical safety and fire preventionElectrical safety and fire prevention is an important topic to think about as the winter approaches. Families will spend more time in the home increasing the use of lights, heaters and appliances. It is estimated that most home fires occur in the wintertime. Here are a few facts about electrical safety and fire prevention:

The Statistics For Electrical Fires

The United States Fire Administration collects fire statistics each year.  Electrical fires claim over 450 lives in America each year and account for over 2300 injuries. Home electrical problems cause 67,800 fires and over $860 million in property losses. Although electrical appliances do cause some fires, home electrical wiring causes twice as many. Most of these can be attributed to poor maintenance, electrical wiring that is installed incorrectly and overloaded circuits or extension cords.

Causes of Residential Electrical Fires

Electrical Wiring causes  1/3 of fires because of faulty electrical outlets and old electrical wiring. Other fires are caused by incorrect use of extension cords. Most of these fires can be avoided with electrical safety and fire prevention. Overloading circuits, not maintaining appliances properly and not getting necessary electrical repairs cause a majority of home fires.

Electrical Safety and Fire Prevention

  • Routinely check you electrical appliances and wiring. If you see or smell smoke don’t use the outlet or appliance.
  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace any worn or damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • Use extension cords properly and don’t overload them. Don’t run extension cords under rugs.
  • Keep electrical appliances away form water sources at all times. This includes wet floors.
  • Don’t allow children to play around electrical appliances. Use child-proof plug covers.
  • Keep clothes, curtains and other combustible items away from heaters.
  • Don’t use a 3-prong plug in a 2-slot outlet.
  • Call your electrician is your outlet or light switch gets hot to the touch or your lights flicker.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and that it is rated to detect flames as well as smoldering smoke.

Rose Brothers & Son Electric is available to help with all your electric repairs and electrical wiring. We have 3 master electricians who are on site during all electrical installations and repairs. We will make sure your home is wired properly. Electrical safety and fire prevention is always a top concern.

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Northern Kentucky Electrical Service Coupons

northern kentucky electrical service couponRose Brothers & Sons Electric offers Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky electrical service coupons. You can take advantage of the many ways to save on all your electrical repairs and installations. Our current electrical service specials in NKY include the following:

  1. $50 off Electrical Service
  2. $50 off recessed lighting
  3. $149 Ceiling fan installation

On-line Electrical service Coupons

You can get Northern Kentucky Electrical service coupons or electrical repair specials off the Rose Brothers & Sons Electric website by clicking on the above link. You must follow the directions on the coupon to qualify.

Why Choose Rose Brothers & Sons Electric

We offer excellent electrical repairs and installations to both our residential and commercial customers. For your safety and ours, we are fully licensed and insured and carry Workmen’s Compensation. We have 3 master electricians on staff that work closely with their assistants to man our 3 fully stocked vans. This means you can depend on a great job done professionally. We don’t waste time running unnecessarily for common parts and we have the expertise to plan ahead and provide you with the best solutions for your electrical needs.

We are trusted electrical contractors in the area and have been for 25 years. When you need an electrical contractor, electrical repairs or emergency electrical services, you can depend on the quality and trusted work of Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. Don’t just take our word for it though. We work hard to maintain a great reputation and we will be happy to provide you with references. We also have a great BBB rating and Angie’s List listing.

Northern Kentucky Electrical Service Coupons

When you are looking for Northern Kentucky Electrical service specials or Electrical service in the NKY area, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can provide you with help for your electrical repairs or installations. Call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today! We look forward to helping you!

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