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Making Sure Your Outlets Are Child-Proof

Electrical outlets are an essential component of your home, but they are also dangerous. Almost every room has several electrical outlets, so it is imperative to keep these elements from being hazardous to your children. There are a multitude of child-proof options for your outlets.

If your home was built after 2015, you should already have tamper-proof outlets. The national electric code requires the use of these as they prevent the insertion of small items. Even with a newly constructed house, you should double-check to ensure all the outlets are tamper resistant. When looking at the electrical outlets, you will be able to tell which kind you have. The old type has slots that are very open, making them unsafe. If you have an older home, it is almost assuredly a regular electrical outlet. The newer tamper-proof outlets have plastic behind the slot openings. The plastic is spring-loaded shutters, which require both prong slots to be pushed in at the same time for the plastic to move. There is also a third style of outlet known as decora outlets, which are not child-proof. They do not need screws to attach the cover, instead the cover just snaps on. It is crucial to know which outlets your home uses, as baby-proof solutions are not viable options for every type.

If you have unused electric outlets, there are a few ways to make them safe for your family. For a simple and cheap option, you can use plastic outlet caps also called safe plates. They fit into the slots just like a plug would. The outside of the cap uses plastic that has no grips, so a baby will not be able to remove them. This option however is inconvenient as every time you use the outlet, you will have to take the cap out and then plug it back in afterwards. Another route is sliding plate covers. They cost more but are safer. To install, you simply have to replace your current outlet covers with the spring-load sliding ones. If you push the plate cover over, it will automatically slide back in place. You also never have to worry about forgetting to put a cap back on.

For outlets in use, you can use a Lectralock, which will completely cover the plugged in cords. This shield will not allow a toddler to open it. They are also compatible for both regular and decorative outlets. Power strips will also need to be baby-proofed. An easy solution is a cover like the Safety 1st model. These conceal all the outlets and plugs. There is an opening for the cords but it is impossible for kids to pull out the plugs or stick small things into the power strip.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we can take care of any electrical issues you have. Unlike other electricians, we don’t use a quick fix approach to solve problems. We find and correct the source of the complication, so you never have to worry about it again. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Cincinnati and Northern KY.

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Get an Electrical Safety Inspection in the New Year

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It may be the holiday season, but it is always the season to practice safety and to be prepared for unforeseen events. With all of the shopping and decorating, it would not be hard to miss out on something that could cause potential harm to your family in the far or near future. Busy schedules can definitely get in the way of inspecting your home, which is why you should always let the professionals do the work for you. Our electricians at Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. Electric and Construction would love to be the ones to get your home ready for the holidays with an electrical safety inspection! They are highly trained and certified in residential, commercial, and industrial electric, and our company has been serving Northern KY, and Cincinnati for over four decades. We can handle anything from smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector installation to circuit breaker replacement or underground cabling. With the new year right around the corner, think about making your New Year’s resolution to be keeping you and your family safe year-round by getting an electrical safety inspection.

Everyone knows that when you are in the process of buying or selling a home, at some point, you will have to get a professional electrician to conduct an inspection. Did you know that you should also inspect your home throughout the years for safety purposes? One of the main reasons for house fires is faulty wiring. We do not expect you to be able to solve this problem on your own, but there are some clues to help you figure out if you should get an electrical safety inspection. Have you ever plugged in an iron, toaster, or vacuum cleaner and notice that the lights in the rest of the room flickered or got dim? If so, that could be a big sign that your home has some faulty wiring. It would be smart to get an electrical inspection before something accidentally catches on fire, which could happen easily during the month of December.

Decorating for Christmas is always exciting, but with a large display of lights outside and a light-covered tree comes an over loaded electrical outlet. Power strips can help reduce your risk, but you will never be 100% safe using every port without inspecting your home. A lot of furnaces produce carbon monoxide, so it is crucial to get an inspection due to the extensive use of heat during the winter and holiday season. This could be dangerous because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, making it impossible for you to know if you are breathing it in until it is too late. You and your family’s health, safety, and well-being are nothing to take chances on. Give Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and Construction a call today! We are ready to put your family out of harm’s way.

With over 41 years of experience, you can be confident that our friendly experts at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric will give your home a thorough inspection. We are located in Walton, KY and would be glad to assist you in making your home safer for the holiday season. Give us a call today!

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Avoiding Common Wiring Mistakes in Northern Kentucky

common wiring mistakesCommon wiring mistakes can create a problem for homeowners who aren’t aware of the problem. Often do-it-yourself projects can create an electrical wiring nightmare that isn’t discovered until someone gets hurt or the house burns down. Many times unsuspecting homeowners have to confess to electrical project mistakes during a home inspection where they realize some of the jobs they undertook were better left to professional electricians in Northern Kentucky.  Understanding building codes and how to wire your home is what makes a professional electrician stand out.

Common Wiring Mistakes

Many times we find areas of the home where the wiring is put in backwards. Neutral wires in an outlet are connected to the wrong wires. Often this won’t cause any problem with the appliances you plug in but can potentially cause a life threatening shock if left undetected.

Another problem we often see is either not using wire nuts or connectors, or not putting the connections into a junction box. This can cause problems if there is a short. A wire nut or electrical box will protect your wiring and the surrounding area if there is an electrical short or arch.

Many times novice electricians will cut corners when it comes to all the specific wires and connectors that need to be properly placed to avoid fire or injury. Your professional electrician in Northern Kentucky knows what the rules are for safety and to pass building codes in the area. Using too small a junction box or putting too many wires inside the box is a good example of problems that can occur when you aren’t sure what you’re doing or you’re trying to fix your electrical wires without the right equipment.

If you don’t know much about electricity and don’t understand the correct way to run ground wires to your home, it is best to hire a residential electrical contractor to help with all your electrical needs. This will make sure you avoid common wiring mistakes that could end up costing you a ransom in costly repairs.

Call The Experts!

Electrical wiring is one area of your home where avoiding common wiring mistakes is crucial. Let the expert team at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric handle all your electrical upgrades, repairs and wiring projects in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati Ohio. Keep you, your family and your home safe. Contact us today!

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How To Replace A Ceiling Light Fixture

how to replace a ceiling light How to replace a ceiling light fixture may seem complicated at first. As with all electrical projects, you should not attempt them yourself unless you feel completely comfortable working with electricity and you understand the safest ways to connect electrical wires. If you don’t follow safety guidelines and use wire nuts for this project, you could put you and your family at risk for electrical fires. If you need help with replacing a light fixture, Rose Brothers & Son Electric will be happy to help.

How To Replace A Ceiling Light Fixture

Before you begin, stop and make sure all power to the light fixture is turned off at the circuit breaker. It is more than possible that other wires besides the 3 that you’ll be working with are close by. You can use a circuit tester to check for hot wires or just turn the power off to the entire house. Now your ready to begin the steps- how to replace a ceiling light fixture:

  1. Remove any light bulbs or light bulb covers that could break during the transition.
  2. Unscrew the bolts that hold the fixture base to the mounting strap or outlet box.
  3. Lower the fixture base and you should see 3 wires. The black wire is hot, the white wire neutral and the green wire is the ground. This is the basic wiring that is used, your house may use a different color for the hot wire or have no ground wire.
  4. Disconnect the wires from the old fixture base by removing wire nuts or electrical tape
  5. Connect the wires from the new fixture. Match up the wires with their corresponding wires in the outlet box. Use a wire nut.
  6. Raise and position the new light fixture. Screw the fixture base into the mounting strip or outlet box.
  7. Add light bulbs and any bulb covers
  8. Turn the power back on.

The Easiest Way to Install A Light Fixture

For most people, working with electricity and changing a light fixture in the ceiling is more hands on then they feel comfortable with. Your Northern Kentucky electrician can install a ceiling fixture.   It is easy, safe and inexpensive. If you need help replacing a light fixture, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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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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