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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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Emergency Electric Repair Service

Emergency electric repairPower outages are not an unusual experience in the Midwest; after all, we do have some exciting weather events from time to time. Power failure is only one of the emergencies that can occur when it comes to electricity. Damaged or faulty wiring, falling tree limbs breaking a live electrical wire, and sparking electrical plugs are just a few of the emergencies that require a professional, licensed electrician.

What to Do When the Lights Go Out

I’m sure that all of you know how to change a light bulb, despite the multitude of jokes that exist on that topic. But what if it isn’t just a blown light bulb? What do you need to do if you lose power to your home or business?

  • Turn off all major appliances and lights. This will prevent a surge or circuit overload when power is restored.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prevent food spoilage. .
  • If your neighbor has lights but you don’t, reset your home circuit breakers. If your neighbor’s home is also dark, there is probably an area wide power failure.

Emergencies happen when you least expect them to. That follows true even with your electricity. Being prepared is your best defense when it comes to losing power. In the Midwest, snowstorms and ice storms are pretty typical in the winter months, and with them come broken tree limbs and downed power lines. Unfortunately, an electrician is not of great benefit if the entire power grid is down. Planning ahead can have you calmly weathering a power outage.

Make sure you have on Hand

  • A working flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Battery Powered Radio and spare batteries
  • Charged Mobile Phone
  • Fresh Water (if your water pump relies on electricity)
  • An alternative cooking source that does not require electricity
  • A current list of emergency contacts.

Consider a Power Backup System

If being without power is not an option for your home or business, consider having a power backup generator installed. A backup generator can be hard-wired into your electrical system. Within seconds of a power loss it will engage automatically. If your business is dependent on a steady power supply or if you have health issues that require electrical machinery to run without fail, a standby generator is recommended.

Damaged or Faulty Wiring 

If you have had work done in your home by an unlicensed person, you may have wiring that does not meet building codes. Faulty wiring is a fire hazard. Have you ever felt a slight shock or vibration or heard a buzz when you turn on a light or an appliance? These are all clues that you need to have the wiring in your home checked by a qualified electrician. Changes in temperature and old age can lead to frayed wires or cracks in wiring insulation. If you’ve ever smelled an overheated transformer, the smell is distinctive. Unfortunately, faulty electrical wiring, and the resultant potential electrical fire, is odorless and invisible. You need to be vigilant of subtle changes in the way your appliances behave and call an electrician for a home electrical evaluation before you need emergency electrical repair.

Falling Tree Limbs, Live Electrical Wires

That tree that you love in your front yard can create an electrical emergency if a limb breaks during the next storm and brings down the electrical wire that runs under it. Utility companies try to be diligent in trimming tree limbs above power lines but if you notice a potential problem area, notify your electric company. If you see a downed electric line, stay back from the area and maintain at least 100 feet of space from the live wire. Call your power company immediately. If you are in a vehicle that comes in contact with an electric line, stay in the vehicle and wait for assistance. If you must leave the vehicle, jump clear with both feet together, insuring that you do not come in contact with the ground and the vehicle at the same time. Maintain your feet together position and shuffle away while maintaining contact with the ground.

Sparking Electrical Outlets

Your electrical outlet should not spark, or be hot to the touch. If you experience either of these, or if you notice charring around the outlet, stop using the outlet and call for an electrician.

For assistance with any home emergency electrical repair, or for assistance in electrical preparedness, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric Service or schedule an appointment through our webpage. We proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

 

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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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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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