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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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Keeping Your Children and Pets Safe from Electricity in Your Home

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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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Electrical Safety and The Winter Holidays

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As the holidays come into full swing, it is traditionally a festive and great time of the year with visits from friends and family. Unfortunately, statistics have shown that house fires and electrical accidents increase during this time. Don’t fret though! These electrical safety steps can be taken to reduce the chance of these accidents occurring in your home this season!

Electrical Safety Tips:

  • Space Heater Safety– As the temperature continues to drop during the winter season, space heaters may become a convenient source of heat in your home. However, if not used properly, they have a risk of fire and electrical shock. When buying your space heater, it is important to first read the instructions and warning labels carefully before using. Make sure to inspect your heater for any defects such as broken plugs or loose connections also. Only use your space heater when you are actually in the room in which it is in use. A critical element of space heaters is their placement; be sure to keep yours at least three feet away from anything that can burn and on a flat surface. Also, plug space heater directly into a wall outlet, not using an extension cord or power strip.
  • Holiday Cooking Safety– During this time of year, many families bond over food which means that the kitchen is used a lot during this season. Sadly, the kitchen is home to many accidents during this time as well. It is important to never leave your cooking equipment unattended when it is on. You can also prevent fires by ensuring that your stove is clean. It can also be helpful to relieve your cooking area of any towels, napkins, or anything that could catch fire.

 

  • Holiday Decorating  Electrical Safety– During this time of year, many decorate their homes for the holidays. While these decorations enhance this season, sadly, they also increase the change of fires and electrical accidents if not properly used. Before decorating, it can be helpful to be aware of where available electrical outlets are located and decorate accordingly. Do not overload outlets with too many decorations as it can overheat and cause a fire. It is also important to never connect more than three strands of lights together when decorating. Do not damage the cord’s insulation by leaving it in a location where it might be pinched. Always turn off your indoor and/or outdoor decorations before leaving or going to sleep.

 

Hopefully these tips help lower your risk of fire or electrical accidents this holiday season. However, if you have more questions, you can always reach out to Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. We have been serving Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and the surrounding areas for over 45 years. If you find yourself in a risky situation, please do not hesitate to contact us for an emergency electrical repair!

 

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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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Commercial Electrical Inspections Can Save You Money

commercial electrical inspectionA commercial electrical inspection can save you money. Your business can benefit from an electrical inspection by Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We will look over your electrical system to see if there are safety hazards or electrical upgrades that could save you from costly repairs or accidents that will affect your bottom line.

DIY Electricity Audits

You can audit your electricity usage by finding our how much energy each appliance and piece of equipment uses. This will help you understand where you are using the most electricity and where your money is going when you pay your electric bill. There are a number of electricity audit online calculating tools to help you track your electrical usage.

What is a Commercial Electrical Inspection?

A commercial electrical inspection is a little different. We can evaluate your electrical system to see areas where energy is being wasted. This could include faulty electrical equipment and other areas where electrical upgrades and electrical repairs could improve your overall electrical use. Electrical safety is a big concern; we look for areas where your electrical system is outdated or unsafe. This can cause fires and accidents as well as consume more energy. Your electrical inspection may save you money on your building insurance and in most cases is completely tax deductible.

Why Choose Rose Brothers and Sons Electric

If you need a commercial electrical inspection, you can trust the services of Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We are licensed and insured and offer complete electrical repairs and installations in the area. We are locally owned and family operated. Our business relies upon our reputation and our integrity. When you need an electrical contractor with years of experience and knowledge, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. See for yourself how a commercial electrical inspection can help you and your business.

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Meter Base Installation

meter base installationRose Brothers and Sons Electric can help with all your electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky including meter base installation. Although it is not common, sometimes we get calls to repair or replace a meter base. You may be remodeling your home and need a new meter base installation. The city or utility company may also require that you upgrade your meter base on your older home also. Here is what you need to know:

What Is A Meter Base?

The meter base is the unit that holds the utility companies meter. Normally it is located outside. It connects the utility companies wires with your home’s electrical system. The meter itself is the device that calculates how much electricity you use so that the utility company can charge you.

Why You Need To Replace a Meter Base

Outdated Meter Bases – Your old meter base may no longer be up to electrical codes. It may no longer pass inspections because it isn’t up to the National Electric Code (NEC). This is often something a homeowner will need to replace when selling their home. Often when permits are pulled for electrical work, the city or county may want the meter base to be brought up to code as well.

Changing Amp Size – Changing the size of the electrical service to the home may necessitate a new meter base installation.

Electrical Panel Upgrades – when upgrading the electrical system in your home, you may need to replace the meter base.

Improper Installation– Meter bases that were installed improperly may cause a problem within a short time. These can corrode or burn and need to be replaced. This is a electrical safety issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

Meter Base Installation

If you need meter base installation and you want to make sure it is done correctly with the proper wires and protection from corrosion, you can rely on Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.   If you have questions about meter base installation or electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky, please call. We would be happy to help you.

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Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

hanging outdoor christmas lightsWith Thanksgiving just a week away, it’s time to talk about electrical safety and hanging outdoor Christmas lights. Many people begin decorating for the holidays during Thanksgiving weekend. Make sure you follow these simple rules from your electrician in Northern Kentucky,  to ensure your holidays don’t include a house fire or electrical repairs.

Choose The Right Decorations

When it comes to buying decorations for outdoors, safety should be first on your list. Make sure you check for a UL rating and that all your decorations are intended for outdoor use. To save on energy and ensure your lights burn cooler, consider buying LED light bulbs and light strings that use energy efficient LED lights.

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

When hanging Christmas lights, make sure you don’t damage the cords with nails or staples. This can produce holes in the wiring that can leave the wires bare or cause the wires to short. Avoid putting too many lights on one extension cord. You can easily overload your circuit with too much electricity being used on one circuit breaker.

You may have noticed your kitchen and bath use GFCI outlets because the electricity is near a water source. This prevents electrocutions. These same outlets should be used with your outdoor lights. Rose Brothers and Sons electric will be happy to help you install the GFCI outlets or extra outlets to help ensure your electrical safety when you are hanging outdoor Christmas lights.

Make sure your lights are clear of doors and other tight areas. Door jams can cut the insulation on your wiring too. Also, keep pets and small children away from the outdoor lights and outlets.

Discard Older Decorations

If you have heirloom decorations that you enjoy, make sure the wiring is new. Older wiring is a hazard. Discard any decorations that need repair. Don’t use frayed or damaged cords.

Use A Timer

Keep your lights on a timer so that they turn off when you’re sleeping. This is safer and will help you save on your electric bill. Lights can be expensive to run.

If you are planning on decorating your house by hanging outdoor Christmas lights, play it safe with these simple suggestions. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric your electrician in Northern Kentucky is here to help with all your electrical needs.

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Summer Safety Tips from an Electrician in Covington KY

electrician in Covington KYHere are a few summer tips from your electrician in Covington KY.  This is the time of year when it is important to go over a few electrical tips with your family.  Keeping your family safe from electrical hazards can prevent a tragedy that is all too common this time of year.  Not only are people spending more time working and playing outdoors but with the summer storms, lightning and downed powered lines can also be a threat.  These are the precautions that could save your life.

Lightning

This time of year electrical storms and lightening is a threat.  If you are outside during a storm, stay out of the pool and other bodies of water.  Make sure you seek shelter as soon as you can.  Don’t seek shelter under a tree or other object that may get struck by lightning.  If you have to remain outside, a ditch or car is a better place to seek shelter.

Downed Power Lines

Avoid downed powered lines.  Electricity can travel more than people realize.  Even a trained electrician will avoid an area with a downed power line.  Never attempt to cross a downed line in your car.  Never try to release someone who is trapped by a downed power line.  It is best to call the power company or trained personnel to rescue someone.  If you are in your car and can drive away from a downed power line that is best.  If you are stuck under a downed power line then you should stay in your car until help arrives.  If you can’t, jump as far away from the car as possible and try to land on both feet.  There is no guarantee you won’t feel the shock.  Because electricity can travel in ways we don’t always see, you can get electrocuted across the street form a downed power line just by stepping in a small puddle.  Electricity is dangerous when it is out of control, so be careful.

Electrical Cords and Equipment in Water

Be sure and keep all electrical cords and electrical equipment away from water.  This includes using electrical lawn equipment in wet grass.  Don’t leave tools plugged in outside or near water.  Be careful of plug in radios and other electrical entertainment near water, lakes and pools.

Overhead Power Lines

Power lines overhead can electrocute you if you’re not careful.  You should stay at least 15 ft away from a power line if possible.  Never fly a kite or airplane near a power line.  If you get a kite stuck in a power line, you should call your local electrical company.  Avoid using metallic parts on your kites.

If you are doing yard work or need to go on the roof, be aware of where the power lines are.  Make sure you keep trees trimmed from the power lines.

Underground Power Lines

Before you dig, call your local electric company and have them locate your power lines.  This is usually free and can save you from accidents, repairs and loss of service.  Underground wires can be just as deadly as overhead lines.

Your Electrician in Covington KY Is Here To Help

If you have any electrical problems or questions about your electrical system or electrical safety, please call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.  We are a dependable Northern Kentucky Electrician who is dedicated to providing you with the best electrical service at reasonable rates.  For your convenience, we are also available 24/7 for emergency service.  Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric when you need an electrician in Covington KY and the surrounding area.

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Electricity Tips for Child Safety

safetyChild safety when it comes to electricity is a matter of being well informed about potential dangers and preventing them if your child is a toddler.  As your child ages, you won’t always be there to protect them.  Teaching them what to avoid and how to protect themselves can save their lives.

Electrical Safety in the House

Cords and power outlets are some of the most common things children get hurt with.  Youngsters are always trying to stick things into light sockets or outlets.  It is important, once your kids are old enough to understand, to teach them about the danger of outlets and sticking things into them.  This will prevent fires and damage to your electrical systems.  Many kids know firsthand that this is not a good idea.

Cords themselves can pose a danger if they are left out in the open for pets to chew or to be tripped over.  Children should be taught to notice if a wire is bare or an outlet is cracked.  Damaged electrical cords can cause a shock.  Teach them to never yank a cord out of the wall too.

Water and electricity don’t mix.  Teach your children to avoid plugging anything into an outlet if it is near standing water.  Never have a radio beside the bathtub or a curling iron.  Accidents happen and the risk is too great.

Electrical Safety Outside

Another area of concern is playing near electrical lines or substations.  Teach your children to look out for power lines when they are flying a kite.  Electricity can go through the string and into your child.  They should never intentionally try to hook something onto a power line.  Climbing a tree is also dangerous because the power lines can be hidden in the branches.  Electricity can travel through the branch and hurt your child.

Roofs are also dangerous.  Many power lines are attached to the home at the roof.  Make sure if a toy or ball goes on the roof, your kids will wait for an adult to get it.

Teach your children what a “Keep Out” sign or hazard signs look like.  If an area is fenced off, there is a reason.   If your child’s pet or toy gets inside a fenced off area, have them ask for help.  Many times there is a number on the fence to call.  Only authorized individuals should enter.

These are just a few of the ways children can learn about electrical safety.  If you notice an area in your house that could potentially cause a fire or be unsafe please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electricity and have the problem taken care of before its too late.

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Childproofing for Electrical Safety by an Electrician

Children and Electrical Safety

Have you ever stuck a fork into an electrical outlet?
I have. Fortunately, I am still here to talk about it with you.
Every year hundreds of children try to put things into electrical outlets.
Some of them succeed. Statistics show the most common object that gets inserted are hairpins followed closely by keys then fingers.  Safe electrical outlets are very important when Childproofing your house.  For more information on childproof safety from Kentucky Power, click here.

5 Prevention Products

There are many products out there to keep the little ones fingers and other objects from going into those small holes.

First

The first, is the blank plug cover. It looks like a small cap a fits into the holes on an outlet. Two of them are required for each normal outlet in the US.

Second

We have the blank cover which covers the entire outlet and often comes in color that matches your decor so in effect camouflages the outlet when not in use.

Third

Next on our list of covers and caps is the sliding outlet. Where the entire outlet is designed with a sliding window to allow the plugs to be inserted into the outlet. The window slides shut when no plug is in place preventing small fingers access to where they ought not to go thus creating a safe electrical outlet.

Fourth

Also, there are various box covers that lock over the outlet when cables are plugged in for the various devices we all have in out homes.

Fifth

The ultimate protection for electrical safety comes in the form of the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) also called a Ground Fault Interrupter(GFI). This a special device which is part of the outlet which almost instantaneously shuts down power to the outlet if a short is detected. This is by far one of the safest.

These tips can help childproof your house and protect the little ones that are so dear to us all.  Remember for all your electrical safety needs, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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