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Get Your Electric System Ready for the Holidays

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With winter and the holiday season fast approaching, it is important that you start thinking about preparing your electric system for the holidays. While most people are more concerned with gifts, decorations, and finalizing those large family dinner menus at this time, to keep your holiday plans running smoothly you have to make sure you ensure your electric system is up to the task. The experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc., your best choice for electrical inspections in Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas, want to provide you with a few simple tips to get your electric system prepared for the holiday rush.

Surge Protection

Lights, decorations, mixers, and more; All of these things will be running in your home over the holidays and it is important that your circuit breakers are prepared for the increase of use. Power surges are usually caused by lightning strikes or overloads in the electrical grid, but it is not uncommon for things in your home to cause a surge as well. Electronics and other appliances turning on and off already puts your home at risk for a power surge but, with the added electricity usage a home requires for the holidays, what with plug-in decorations, Christmas lights, and extra cooking, the risk of dampening all your holiday festivities with a blown fuse or power surge increases even more. To prevent any surge malfunctions during the stressful holiday season, consider installing surge protection devices throughout your entire home to keep everything running smoothly and safely.

Upgrade Your Outlets

If your home is older and still features two-pronged outlets, it is time for an upgrade. These older style outlets will not offer the level of protection against shock and electrocution that the common three pronged outlets now provide. In addition to upgrading your outlets, you may be in need of more outlets around your home to cut back on the use of extension cords and power strips during the holiday season. While these items work relatively well, singular outlets can only withstand so much usage and if you overload your power strip you can cause power surges and power loss. Avoid all these problems and upgrade your outlets to keep your family safe and your holiday free of stress.

Schedule an Electric System Inspection

The best thing you can do to determine if your electric system needs and upgrade or work of some kind to make it through the holidays is to schedule an electrical inspection and avoid any problems that might occur. Here at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. we provide our customers with a wide range of services from inspections to repairs. Let one of our electrical contractors inspect your electric system and help you determine what upgrades and improvements need to be done so your home continues running smoothly. If you plan on scheduling an inspection before the holidays, make sure you schedule early so any improvements or repairs can be completed before things get too busy in both your home and with our schedule.

If you have any more questions about scheduling an inspection or other concerns about your electric system before the holidays, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. As an Angie’s List member, a business with an A+ rating from the BBB, and a combined 45 years of electrical experience on our staff, we can guarantee that we can meet all of your needs.

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Electrical Safety Tips for the Holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about electrical safety. Christmas is wonderful time of year, but it comes at a great cost to your wallet. I am not talking about the food and gift costs that comes with the Holidays. Electricity bills skyrocket with the increase use of electric appliances, lights and special effects.

Plus, let’s not forget Santa’s visit with all the new electronic gadgets on Christmas day. Those news video game consoles and laptops need electricity too. With so many items using electricity, you might be worried about a surge as well as a high bill. The amount of electrical accidents do increase during the holiday season because of the surges and overheating. Many people are not aware of the amount of electricity they use until an accident occurs. Do not be one of those people. Here are ways to use electricity safely during the holiday season.

Do not over use extension leads.

When you are setting up your Christmas lights, do not plug in numerous adapters into one extension lead. They are not equipped to handle a large surge of electricity. Overloading the extension lead can lead to a shock or overheating that may result in a fire. Also, check to make sure your extension lead is not damaged. Check the cord for a split. A damaged cord can be just as dangerous.

Use outdoor extensions for outside

Many people do not realize that there are indoor and outdoor electric extensions. If you are setting up lights outside, you need to use plugs and extensions that are made for the outdoors. These extensions are waterproof, and they are made to survive the severe weather conditions.

Do not overcharge your electronics

If you leave your laptop or mobile phone plugged in when the charge is full, it can lead to overheating. Either unplug the electronics or switch off the plug.

Check your electrical cables regularly

Regularly check your cables for frayed wires or other damage that can be hazardous and life threatening. If you are in doubt that your cables are safe, call a properly qualified electrician to make sure you are not a risk.

If you are in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is the people to call to make sure your holidays are accident free.

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