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Keeping Your Food Fresh During a Power Outage

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With winter quickly approaching, it is important that you are prepared for the possibility of a power outage. Because winter storms can cause damage to power lines, it is not uncommon for homes to lose power during one of these storms. Because food is expensive, especially a full refrigerator and freezer’s worth, a power outage can end up costing you a lot of money when it comes time to replace all the food that you had. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric of Walton, Kentucky, we want to give you a few tips on keeping your food fresh during a power outage to help you save money and time once your electricity returns.

Ahead of Time

Before your electricity goes out, there are a few things you should have prepared to ensure that you can keep your food fresh during a power outage. First, make sure you have coolers on hand. Many people keep coolers in their home, but if you don’t have one, you should invest in a few. Coolers last for years and having them on hand will always be a convenience. Second, ensure that you have proper working thermometers in your appliances. This will be necessary when you need to monitor the temperature of your refrigerator after a power outage. Third, know where you can buy dry ice. Many ice cream parlors, ice companies, and other large stores like Walmart and Safeway carry dry ice. Dry ice has a very short shelf-life and therefore you cannot just keep it on hand in your home. Fourth, consider investing in a standby generator for emergencies.

When Power is Lost

If a winter or bad rain storm hits and you do lose power, the first thing you should do to ensure the freshness of your food is keep your refrigerator and freezer shut for as long as possible. Opening and closing your refrigerator and freezer will only allow the cool air to escape and decrease the amount of time that you can keep your perishable items in the appliance. If kept shut, a refrigerator can keep a stable temperature for about 4 hours. Half-freezers will keep things cold for about 24 hours and a full freezer will keep things cold for about 48 hours. Second, go to one of the stores that you know sells dry ice and buy dry ice for coolers and for the refrigerator. Place this dry ice in your refrigerator and freezer to keep the temperature low for a longer amount of time. Third, place all frozen meat on a tray because as the meat thaws it will leak. Lastly, if the power is not returned within a few hours, you need to be monitoring the temperature in your refrigerator and then move things to a cooler when the temperature gets too low. Anything perishable, like meats and dairy products, kept above 40 °F for more than two hours will need to be discarded. To avoid this, move your refrigerated food to a cooler lined with dry ice and ice and use your thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature.

After Power is Restored

After the power in your home is restored, it is important that you check your food to ensure that it is still good. Look for ice crystals to ensure that frozen food is still good, and throw away any foods that have gained a strange odor or color. Anything that feels warm to the touch needs to be disposed of. For a more detailed chart on when to discard and keep food, click here.

If you have questions about generators, electrical damages to your home that may have caused a power outage, or need other electrical advice to prepare your home for power outages, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today. Serving all of Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, our team of experienced professionals can help you with a wide range of electrical needs.

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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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What Should I Do When The Power Goes Out?

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There are a multitude of reasons as to why you might lose power in your home; Weather conditions, service accidents, and storms of varying levels of severity just to name a few. Because you can never be sure if your power outage is going to be for an extended period of time or for just a few minutes, it is important to be fully prepared for both scenarios. Keep your home and family safe with these power outage tips from Rose Brothers & Sons Electric where our electricians proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and the surrounding areas.

When The Power Goes Out Short Term

Stay calm. Check outside your windows and see if you can tell if your neighbors have also lost power. If you discover that you are the only house on the block that is missing power, the problem is probably based within your home. Check circuit breakers, replace blown fuses, and check all of your outlets if you still don’t discover the problem and then call an electrician.

If you noticed that your neighbors have also lost power, call your electric company. While electrical suppliers usually know when areas on their grid lose power, it is always helpful for your own peace of mind to call and find an estimated time for repairs. While you are waiting for the repair, unplug all of your appliances with electrical components, like television sets, computers, and microwaves. By unplugging these items, you can avoid damage from the power surge once the power has been repaired.

Long Term Power Outage

The best thing you can do for long term power outages is to be prepared beforehand. Keep spare batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, and a basic first aid kit in a spot that you can locate easily. Consider buying a flashlight that stays plugged into an outlet at all times and is then ready and charged when your power goes out. If you have a generator, make sure you have the supplies you need like gas and that everything has been installed properly. Don’t wait for an emergency to check these things!

Just like with a short term power outage, check to see if you are the only house that has lost power and then check your breakers and fuses. If you are the only home that has lost power and you are unable to restore it, it is time to call an electrician. If your electrician comes and explains to you that the problem may take a while to resolve, unplug all of your belongings to avoid damage from power surges once power has been restored. In addition to this, turn off all of your breakers except for one, so you know when power is restored. Empty all your food from your refrigerators and freezers and leave the doors wide open. If someone you know has electricity, see if you can store food there. Utilize your windows to control the temperature of your home, open south facing curtains and blinds in the winter to let sun and heat into your home and always keep your blinds closed at night.

Electrical Repairs When The Power Goes Out

If you have a power outage or are in need of an electrical repair, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here for you. We are proud members of the BBB, Angie’s List, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and other reputable organizations so you know our service is among the best. Call our team of experts today for all of your electrical needs.

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When The Lights Go Out – Keeping Your Business Open

when the lights go out - keeping your business openTwice this week I have been out doing my usual weekly activities when the lights go out and I am reminded how important electricity is and how important it is to have a good electric repair company.  If you own a business, you know how important keeping your business open is and that time lost without electricity can have a negative effect on your bottom line.

What To Do When The Lights Go Out

I was eating lunch the other day when the restaurant lights went out.  The manager and cook ran out back and checked the breakers as fast as they could.  When the lights go out – keeping your business open is your first concern.  This time, the reason the electricity went out wasn’t a blown fuse or a problem with the wiring but someone wrecked into something a few blocks away.  Lucky for us, we knew the manager and were offered to either pay cash or pay the next time we visited.  You see without the electricity not only could we barely see to eat but they could no longer cook and they couldn’t use their debit machine.

Emergency Electrical Repairs

The next day or so, I had picked up my grand daughter for gymnastics.  We arrived at the gym to the eerie feeling of only a few cars in the parking lot.  Moments later our instructor came out to say she had no power.  She had turned on the air earlier in the day and when she came in and turned the lights on everything appeared to be normal.  It wasn’t until she turned the thermostat down that something major went wrong.  It wasn’t a fuse and she called the electric company only to be told she needed emergency repairs from a licensed electrician.  I know the thought of needed repairs had her worried.  Not only was she losing a days worth of business but she was going to have to make up the time or reimburse students.

When The Lights Go Out – Keeping Your Business Open

When you need emergency electrical repairs, you can depend on the services of Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.  We have been serving businesses in the area by providing electrical installations, electrical upgrades and emergency electrical repairs whenever and where ever we are needed.  Don’t let power outages leave you scrambling.  When the light go out – keeping your business open is top priority. We’ll have you up and your business back to normal in no time.

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Home Electricity and Preventing Power Outages

electrical contractorHome electricity is a necessity Americans have come to depend on. We need electric for lights, cooking, cleaning and in some cases life-support. It wasn’t too long ago in our history that people lived without electricity. Today, when the power goes out, we are left in limbo and inconvenienced until the lights come back on. Some areas have experienced many problems associated with power outages that have left families devastated and businesses without revenue. Fortunately most hospitals and public areas have backup power to depend on. Here are a few of the causes of power outages and what you can do to prepare for them.

Weather Causing Power Outages

Most of the power outages in the Northern Kentucky area are caused by weather. Snow, rain, ice and wind can all take a toll on electrical systems. Although it is almost impossible to plan for a flood or tornado, you can take precaution to protect your electrical system from damage from water, moisture and dust. Dust and water can damage your home electricity causing serious costly repairs. Sealed circuit boxes help protect your electrical system from water damage. Where your electric boxes are, also helps. More severe weather concerns have sometimes left entire regions without power. You may not be able to prevent such catastrophes, but you can prepare for them. Having candles, canned food, extra water or a back-up electric generator can help.

Other Causes of Power Outages

Other power outages result when power lines and wires are damaged. Large animals and birds can sometimes cause power outages. Other outages occur when automobiles wreck into power lines or the power company is working on power lines sometimes power outages are the result of human error. Other power outages are the direct result of short circuits. This is when the electrical current takes a wrong path causing excess in electrical current that can lead to circuit damage, fire or explosion. Short circuits are one of the primary causes of fires in the area. Short circuits occur for many reasons, damaged wires, water or other conducting material that comes in contact with the current. Motors that are jammed can also cause a short circuit.

Preventing Power Outages with Good Electrical Installations

One way to prevent power outages and short circuits is to make sure you have good quality materials in place in your electrical system. Make sure you hire a certified electrician who will install your electrical system the right way without cutting corners. Wires should always be good quality and the right gauge for your application. Pumps, pistons, rotors and other moving parts should be inspected and maintained to prevent short circuits caused by jammed equipment. Circuits should not be overloaded. High quality circuit breakers and fuses should be used to protect against circuit overload. All circuit breakers and electrical wiring should be kept away from water and moisture. Besides power outages, your electrical system should also be able to withstand the problems of power surges and low voltage. If you have questions about your home electricity, call your trusted electrical contractor, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They will be happy to help you.

 

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Protecting Your Electrical System During a Storm

protecting your electrical system during a stormIt is hard to imagine, March is right around the corner and Daylight Saving Time will soon begin. Winter and early spring storms often cause power outages. Your local power company will resolve many of these power outages, but more often than not, the power outage can cause home electrical problems. You can protect your electrical system before a major storm to prevent the need for emergency electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky.

Protecting Your Electrical System During A Storm

Although you may experience many storms in your lifetime, it only takes one storm to damage your electrical system, appliances, electrical wiring, wall outlets and other electrical gadgets in your home. Another problem can occur if lightening strikes.
According to the National Geographic, lightening can travel phone lines and electrical wiring. You should unplug appliances and never use the phone when lightening or a thunderstorm is near. Your washer and dryer is a triple threat because it has electrical wiring, plumbing and a vent that connects it to the outside. Most people don’t go around unplugging appliances but caution should be taken if a storm is close. Turning the power off at the circuit breaker or using a good surge protector can help.  Surge Protectors do not protect against direct lightening strikes.

Types of Surge Protectors

• Surge Arrester – This is a whole-house system that is installed in or near a home’s main electric service panel and offers protection against voltage surges up to 20,000 volts (such as a lightning strike).
• Surge Suppressor – This surge protection device is a power strip that can handle up to 6,000 volts. A surge suppressor protects only the electrical equipment that is plugged into it.
Both types of surge protectors will also protect your appliances from electrical surges as the electricity is turned back on.

Emergency Electrical Services in Northern Kentucky

Most people who experience a power outage will begin to wonder if their neighbors are experiencing the same thing. They will either look across the street to see if lights are on or they’ll call their neighbor down the road. If you notice your neighborhood has lost power and then when it comes back on you still have no power, you may want to call for 24 hour a day emergency electrical service. You may also notice that the power is back on but one or more of your appliances are not working properly. This type of damage should be considered serious and an electrician should investigate to make sure your home is safe. For your safety and the safety of your family, you are better off erring on the side of precaution and having an electrical inspection to make sure there is no potential for house fires later on. For electrical repairs and service, call your electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric and they will be happy to help you.

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Winter Weather Tips From Your Electrician

winter weather tips from your electricianThe danger of winter weather varies from county to county across the United States. Record-breaking snowfall and extremely cold temperatures have the possibility of knocking out heat, power and communications.  Check your weather in Northern Kentucky often to be aware of the possible conditions. Dangerously low temperatures; freezing rain, ice and sleet can cause horrific driving conditions too. Here are a few winter weather tips from your electrician.

Don’t Travel During Snow Storms

Stay indoors during winter storms. If you must travel avoid back roads and shortcuts. Don’t travel alone if possible and make sure your friends and family know where you’re going and the route you are taking. Don’t rely on cell phones during winter storms.

Use Caution Shoveling Snow

Take caution to walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks and driveways. Don’t overexert yourself when you’re shoveling snow. Go slow, move small amounts of snow at a time and use extreme caution. Heart attacks are a major cause of death in the winter. Keep dry and change out of your wet clothes often. Dry clothes insulate better and hold the heat in.

Avoid Frostbite

Dress warmly and keep your body, fingers and toes covered and dry.  Frostbite occurs when the skin and body tissue under the skin freezes. Loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance on fingers, toes, earlobes and your face can be seen. Cover the skin without rubbing it and seek medical attention if you suspect frostbite.

Avoid Hypothermia

Dangerously low body temperature, uncontrollable shaking, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and exhaustion are signs of hypothermia. If you suspect hypothermia, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95 degrees, seek medical attention immediately. Wrap the person in warm clothes and blankets and give warm drinks until help arrives. Hypothermia requires medical attention so seek help immediately.

Use Alternative Heaters Wisely

If using kerosene heaters make sure you have plenty of ventilation. Refuel the heater outside and keep the heater away from flammables. Lower your thermostat to conserve fuel and close off vents to rooms that are not in use. If you are going away, turn your thermostat down but no lower than 55 degrees.

Winter Weather Tips From Your Electrician

Many times during a severe winter storm, you might experience power outages. These are often due to downed trees, ice and wind. Occasionally you may need to hire an electrician to handle repairs in your house or on your property. If you need assistance with electrical repairs this winter, call an electrician at Rose Brothers and Sons electric.

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Automatic Home Standby Generators

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Most people in the United States depend on electricity every day. We use electric for heating, cooling, cooking, and more. So when the power goes out, it can cause more than just a nuisance. For people on home medical equipment, it can be life threatening. Good new is that it doesn’t have to be. You can protect you and your family 24/7 with an automatic home standby generator.

Power Outages

Winter storms, high winds, lightening or downed power lines are a few of the causes of power outages. Whatever the cause, power outages are a serious nuisance. Not only is it an inconvenience, but you can also lose thousands of dollars due to spoiled food, lost computer files or water damage. Not to mention not being able to cook or see what you’re doing.

Automatic Home Standby Generators

An automatic home standby generator automatically switches on when the power goes down. It is constantly monitoring your house’s power and activates when it senses concern. Unlike most generators, you don’t have to be home to turn it on and your don’t have to poor gas in, hoping the thing runs because you haven’t used it in so long.

Peace Of Mind – You Will Never Lose Power

With an automatic home standby generator, you can relax knowing you or your loved ones will stay warm during cold winter weather. Your pipes won’t freeze because of a loss of power. All your electrical appliances, including your refrigerator and freezer will remain working, so you don’t have to worry about spoiled food. If you have medical equipment that requires electricity, you can rest assured you will not have an interruption. Things like your sump pump and other equipment will continue to work and protect you from flooding. There are many reasons why having a standby generator can give you peace of mind and prevent the difficulties power outages cause.

If you have questions about a standby generator, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. They are a full service electric repair company that handles all electric work and installations.

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