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5 Signs You Need To Call A Licensed Electrician

home electricityHome electricity is probably one part of your house you rely on daily but pay little attention to. Electricity is everywhere and a large part of our existence revolves around items that use electricity. Most people don’t think about calling a professional electrician unless something is broken and they can’t fix it. Electricity however, can be dangerous and calling a professional is as much about your family’s safety as it is about fixing a problem. Here are a few reasons to call a licensed electrician.

Not Enough Outlets

You may be using too many extension cords or have power strips at every outlet. Using extension cords isn’t always safe. This is a good indication; you could use a few more outlets. It also may mean you are overloading some of the circuits in your home. A professional electrician can determine if your house needs an electrical upgrade or just a few more outlets.

Your Lights Dim

If you notice diming lights when you turn on certain appliances or too many appliances, you may have an overloaded circuit breaker. It may trip often too. An electrician can help alleviate the problem and balance the load.

No 3-prong Outlets

Most electrical items today require a 3-prong outlet. If your home electrical system only has 2-prong outlets, you could have a problem with your electricity being grounded. Using adaptors is not the safest solution, calling an electrician to change out the outlets is.

Do You Need A Licensed Electrician To Install New Appliances?

When it comes to installing new electrical appliances, it is always a good idea to provide dedicated circuits to your appliance. This can help balance the load before you start having problems. Electricity needs to work efficiently to save you money on your power bill and to ensure your appliances don’t wear out more frequently.

No GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Outlets in Your Kitchen or Bath

Since the late 1980’s, homes are required to have GFI outlets near any water. This is a safety precaution to prevent electric shock. A GFI will detect any deviation in the current that might result from water coming into contact with electricity. Within 1/30th of a second, the electricity can be interrupted and this saves lives. If you notice you don’t have any outlets like this, an electrician can install them for you.

Your Home is Older

Homes that are older may not have an efficient electrical system. Recent changes to building codes, safety codes and new technology may mean your system isn’t running as well as it could be. Your electrician can make sure your system is up to date and working efficiently.

If you have recently purchased your home, you may find that although your home has passed inspection, you are having problems because the way your family uses electricity is unique to you. Your electrician can provide you with an electrical inspection or energy audit that revolves around how you are using your home electricity and what changes are needed for your safety and to cut your costs for electricity. If you have any questions or need service, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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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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