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Temporary Electrical Fixes to Get Your Through an Emergency

Emergencies can occur in an instant, so it is in your best interest to know how to deal with them if a problem arises. Preparedness is your greatest asset in urgent situations. There are several common electrical emergencies that can occur.

When your house loses power, the first thing you should do is check to see if there is power in nearby homes and the streetlights. This will determine if it is a widespread electrical issue for your neighborhood or an isolated incident solely affecting your home. If the outage is only at your house, try to make it to your circuit breaker box if you can safely do so. The problem could have been caused by a breaker overload, so check to see if any have been tripped. To correct, you simply need to flip the breaker switch to the original position. If power is not restored, it is time to call your power company to notify them of the outage. While this problem can have a simple fix, most do not.

If you plug too many cords in a single area of your home and one is damaged, electrical sparks can result. The sparks can eventually cause a fire. If you notice sparking when plugging something into your outlets, remove the cord from it. You should refrain from using that outlet until you can have it evaluated by an electrician. Sparks can cause a dangerous situation for your family and home.

Bad wiring can lead to a serious electrical issue. This problem is more prevalent in older homes, as the wires can deteriorate as they age. Faulty wires can also cause a fire. To prevent problems with bad wiring, you should regularly have your wires inspected to ensure they stay in working condition. Any faulty wires should be immediately replaced, so your home maintains optimal electricity output.

Another frequent electrical emergency occurs due to appliance malfunctions. This can happen as result of leaving the appliance plugged in to a socket for an extended period of time or simply because the wiring has gone bad. If you believe that your appliance has stopped working due to a malfunction, it is best to call a professional electrician to service it. To prevent any damage to your stove, it is important to know how to handle a grease fire. If it is possible, simply cover the fire with a lid until the fire dies down. If there is not a lid around, throw baking soda on the fire until the flames are gone. Being able to quickly handle a fire will keep the wiring of your stove from sustaining damage.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric we are available 24 hours a day to repairs any electrical emergencies that arise. We are an electrical contractor available for residential, commercial, and industrial services for the greater Northern KY area.  We don’t provide quick fixes but rather long-lasting results so the problem is entirely eliminated. We have a location in Walton, KY to deliver high-quality service to Cincinnati and Northern KY. Call us today.

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Why You Shouldn’t “Do It Yourself” When It Comes to Electrical Work

DIY projects are a great way to save money. Instead of relying on someone else to perform services on your home, you simply do them yourself. However, electrical work is not something that should be attempted by amateurs. While you think you have the capability to handle it, it is best to leave the job for a professional.

The biggest concern when working with electricity is serious harm or death. Electrocution can easily occur if every step is not done correctly. Even if you know how to do a majority of the work, the part you do not know can hurt you. Most homes have 200 amps circulating into their service panels, which is high enough to kill a person. Depending on the conditions, someone could still die from even 15A or 20A. The risk for danger does not go away once the project is completed either. A fire can occur if your home is not properly wired, which puts your family and property in jeopardy. To eliminate any potential threats, it is safest to hire a professional electrician to handle any electrical issues you have.

While supplies and tools can be purchased at home improvement stores, there are more steps involved in the process. If you are doing things by the book, electrical work requires permits to be pulled and inspectors to visit your home. These frustrations can be bypassed by having an electrician tackle the project for you.

When searching for an electrician it is important to conduct research to find the most qualified candidate. Find a professional that possesses the proper licenses and certifications, as this can give you confidence in the electrical work they will provide you. To attain the licenses, they would have to gone through testing to show their competence at performing a variety of electrical tasks. A professional electrician would have undergone rigorous testing and training, so you can be assured that they can handle whatever project you have for them, as well as dependability and reliability. Their extensive schooling also ensures that their work follows all building codes and is in compliance with any city, town, or area they provide service to. Before any labor has begun, they will acquire any permits the work calls for. Another benefit of hiring a licensed electrician is that they are insured. They carry insurance to cover any liability, in case any problems arise. Contracting a professional electrician ensures that you will be able to reach them if you would ever have to file an insurance claim. Overall, the peace of mind of relying on a professional for electrical work is well worth the cost as opposed to trying to do it yourself.

For a licensed professional electrician, you can depend on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are a local electrical contractor available to perform countless residential, commercial and industrial services. We are a family owned business that was built on the values of honesty, trust, and hard work. Our main priority is the happiness and wellbeing for all of our customers. We have a location in Walton, KY to serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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The Dangers of Fireworks Near Electrical Lines

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, this means a lot of cookouts, fireworks and fun times. However, how do you stay safe when setting off these fireworks? Fireworks are fun and can be beautiful to look at, however, they are especially dangerous when set off near electrical lines. Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. of Florence, KY serving Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati provides you with these safety tips for staying safe during this upcoming holiday!

 

Safety Tips

The U.S. Fire Administration reports thousands of fireworks-related injuries each summer, the biggest threat being firecrackers, followed by bottle rockets, and then sparklers. It is important to take these precautionary measures when handling fireworks to have a safe and fun holiday this Fourth of July.

  • Light fireworks in open areas where no power lines can be seen. It is important to call your cooperative immediately if your firework gets tangled in an overhead wire.
  • Children should only be spectators during a firework show. They should never be given fireworks or sparklers.
  • Carefully read and follow the directions and warning labels on your fireworks. This is imperative as the majority of injuries result from improper use.
  • For spectators’ safety, keep them at least 20 feet and not downwind from where your fireworks show will be set off.
  • Light fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface. This surface needs to be far away from all flammable materials such as dry leaves
  • Never try to relight fireworks that did not go off originally or don’t function.
  • It is a necessary precaution to keep a bucket of water nearby when setting off your fireworks in case of fire.

Professional Help in Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati

If you have additional questions about firework safety, then please do not hesitate to stop by your favorite local, family owned business, Rose Brothers & Sons Inc. of Florence, KY. We have been your trusted electrical contractor in Northern Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Greater Cincinnati for over 45 years. We can offer you help with anything from small repairs to large electrical construction projects. Your safety and happiness is of the utmost importance to us; we want to provide you with the best possible experience by providing you with actual solutions instead of just temporarily fixing your problem. We also have an excellent record on Angie’s List, as well as an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Please do not hesitate to contact us today for all of your electrical needs!

 

 

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Why Surge Protectors Are Important for Keeping Your Home Safe

A power surge happens when there is a short-term spike in the electrical current running through an outlet. The purpose of surge protectors is to detect excess voltage and direct the additional electricity into the grounding wire. The traditional voltage for homes and offices is around 120 volts, so if the power surpasses this amount it is deemed a power surge. There are many reasons that an electrical surge can occur, besides lightning. One example is the turning on and off of appliances that use lots of energy, such as refrigerators, furnace, and air conditioning. Other culprits are faulty wiring, short circuits in your wiring system, and tripped circuit breakers.

When there is a sudden overabundance of electricity, it causes a flow of excessive heat which can burn the components and the wiring of whatever device is connected to the outlet. Not only could your appliances be permanently ruined, but it can cause fires to spark too. Power surges have been liable for the destruction of homes and appliances, as well as some structural fires. To keep your family and property free from danger and protected from surges, you need to invest in surge protectors. They are even more necessary in today’s world of technology, because current devices are more sensitive to surges than in previous generations. All of your expensive microprocessors, like your television, computer, and media centers, should be plugged into surge protectors. Without them, you are opening up your home to the potential for costly damage.

Surges in power are a serious and potentially costly problem. For the safety of your family, your home needs a surge protector. However, it is important to not buy one that is poor in quality, as they can be equivalent to having no protection at all. When you are searching make sure that you are looking for surge protectors and not just power strips. Power strips merely offer additional outlet space but do nothing in the way of keeping you safe. You should also ensure that the product is labelled with a UL seal. Underwriters’ Laboratories test the capabilities of each surge protection device to see if it meets the minimal quality and safety standards. UL designates all of the passing protectors as “transient voltage surge suppressor” on the label, so specifically check for this. To keep your belongings and loved ones safe, you need to have surge protectors in your home.

If you are looking for an electrical contractor in the Tri-State area, you need someone you can trust. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are a family owned business built on hard work and honesty. We care about resolving the electrical issues of our customers, as we put your safety and happiness above everything else. We take the time to find and fix the true source of the problem, unlike other electricians that may just quickly patch up a symptom of the issue. We are located in Walton, KY to proudly serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. If you need a local electrician, call us today.

 

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What Should You Do If Your Outlets Spark?

An outlet that sparks when something is plugged into it can seem alarming but in some cases it is completely normal. If the spark is blue in color, appears for just a brief second, and is infrequent, this is nothing to worry about. However, if the spark appears longer than a passing moment, is a yellow hue, occurs with every usage of the outlet, and is accompanied by the smell of burning or smoke, these are all indications that there is a problem that needs to be addressed right away.

A sparking outlet can occur for a number of reasons. In American homes, there is a constant running of electricity from the circuit to the main power grid. So when something is plugged in, the hot electricity immediately transfers from the outlet to the device. The rapid draw of power can result in a brief spark, which is essentially static electricity and is completely normal. However, these next examples are very serious and require professional assistance to correct the issue.

A short circuit can happen when excessive heat accumulates in the outlet and melts the insulation of wires. The electricity that then runs through the exposed wiring can cause sparks to appear. If an outlet has been exposed to water or deteriorated with age, these instances can both lead to sparking. Electrical outlets over time can have connections become loose, which increases the chances of a short circuit. Another issue is faulty repairs. If someone tried to repair your electrical system but lacked the proper skills, serious problems can occur as a result. Electrical problems are not something someone should attempt to repair themselves; it is best left to the professionals.

If you notice sparking outlets in your home, contact an electrician as soon as possible. Your belongings, home, and most importantly family can be in serious danger. Electrical fires can easily occur when there is sparking. There are over 51,000 electrical fires each year, which results in over 1.3 billion dollars in property damage. The fires are also responsible for 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries every year. The wellbeing of your household could be in jeopardy if your residence has outlets that spark. A certified electrician will inspect your outlets to evaluate if the issue is a safety concern. Do not hesitate to call a professional, as this problem will not go away.

If you have sparking outlets in your home, you can trust Rose Brothers & Sons Electric to handle the problem for you. We are a local and family owned business that prioritizes the safety and happiness of our customers. Honesty and hard work are the foundation of our service. Our focus on customer satisfaction is why we have such fantastic reviews on Angie’s List and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau. We are not in the business of offering temporary fixes, but rather long-term solutions that address the root of the problem. We are located in Walton, KY to serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today for help with all your electrical issues.

 

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What Is Knob and Tube Wiring?

Knob and tube wiring is an early regulated form of electrical wiring used in buildings. It was common practice to use this method in North America from roughly 1880 to the 1930s. Single-insulated copper conductors were run inside walls and ceiling cavities by means of stud and joist dill-holes that relied on porcelain insulating tubes for protection. Support placed along the length of the wiring was provided by porcelain knob insulators that were nailed-down.  Due to the high installation costs, different interior wiring systems were eventually utilized. Today, knob and tube wiring is only permitted to be installed in highly specific circumstances outlined by the National Electrical Code, including particular agriculture and industrial atmospheres.

The cylindrical knobs utilized were usually nailed straight into the floor joists or wall studs. To keep them from breaking during the installation process, most had a leather washer to act as a cushion. The electrical wires would wrap around the knob and secured in place with tire wires, which allowed the knob to be a permanent anchor for the wire. The purpose of the ceramic tubes in the holes of the wall studs and floor joists was to ensure the wires never made contact with the wood framing and so the wires would not be compressed by the wood when the structure settled. A flexible woven insulating sleeve referred to as a loom, was used as an additional agent of protection. It would cover insulated wire where a wire crossed over or under a separate wire, and when a wire would enter an enclosed metal device. The original insulation slip was crafted out of cotton cloth saturated in asphalt. Ultimately, rubber became the popular choice of loom. These distinct characteristics make it is easy to identify this style of wiring.

Numerous historic homes in America rely on knob and tube wiring. However, this outdated type of wiring is dangerous and poses a serious threat to the home and occupants.  While the wiring is functional, it is not equipped to handle the required electricity that is necessary for modern devices. As a result, the knob and tube wiring experiences regular overload which can lead to a fire.  Another concern is that loom can deteriorate as it ages, and expose the wires. The inadequate durability causes the breakdown, sagging, and stretching of components, which causes them to make accidental contact with nearby materials. This can produce serious electrical and fire hazards. Another safety issue is that the wiring is not suited for moisture rich environments, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and outdoor areas. Knob and tube wiring does not utilize grounding, so it only provides a neutral and hot wire. This creates a situation where fluctuations and surges in voltages have nowhere to travel which leaves the belongings, the home, and the inhabitants exposed to the dangers of shock and fire.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we are available for residential, commercial, and industrial electrical projects. We work on new builds, historical homes, and remodeling projects to install circuits, transformers, and primary service. We pride ourselves on doing work that is done correctly, and is a permanent solution to the electrical problem. Unlike other electricians, we are not in the business of fast repairs that are merely a temporary fix. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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What Are Dedicated Circuits, and Do You Need Them?

Dedicated circuits are reserved for a certain purpose, and have a circuit breaker of their very own in the electrical box. It is intended to be used by only one appliance at a time. The circuits are dedicated to that appliance because no other appliances will be plugged into it or draw energy from the circuit. Relying on dedicated circuits can certify that major appliances that attract a high amount of electrical current, have access to the energy that they require to function. This also eliminates any worries of overloading the system, tripping a circuit breaker, or blowing a fuse. When an appliance draws an excessive amount of current than the circuit can manage, it can lead to the wire insulation overheating. Overheating causes the wire to degrade, so each time it occurs the problem worsens. This situation can then progress to a complete breakdown which has the possibility of resulting in an electrical fire. The longevity of the appliance is also affected if it does not have access to sufficient amperage for operating. Dedicated circuits are able to protect your appliances, your home, and your family.

It is required by the National Electrical Code that all fixed appliances run on separate dedicated circuits that are not communal with any other appliance. This is a preventative measure to keep machines that feed on large amounts of energy from overloading the circuit, as each one can only handle a certain limit of electrical draw. To evenly distribute the power consumption in your home, there are many appliances required to use dedicated circuits. Air conditioning, heating, and ventilation equipment should have their own circuit. All of the traditional kitchen necessities such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves, and dishwashers are included in this requirement as well. Washers and dryers are also large energy sinks so they need dedicated circuits too. Smaller appliances can also use a lot of power so if you frequently have multiple devices operating on the same circuit, it would be a smart idea to upgrade to dedicated circuits. These small appliances include toasters, microwaves, hair dryers, vacuums, water heaters, and power tools. Not every plug-in device requires it, but a good rule of thumb is that if it has a motor it customarily needs to have its own circuit. Lights that dim for no reason and having to routinely reset tripped circuit breakers are two signs that your home would benefit from adding a couple more dedicated circuits. If these problems occur with dedicated circuits, this can indicate a wiring issue that will need to be inspected and corrected by a professional.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we can help with a wide assortment of electrical issues ranging from residential repairs to commercial and industrial installations. We understand the safety concerns that electrical complications pose, which is why we work to solve and repair the underlying issue correctly the first time.  While other electricians can offer a quick-fix, we provide a permanent solution. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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What Is the Difference Between Two- and Three-Prong Outlets?

Three-prong electric outlets feature three holes, where the left slot is a tad larger than the right. The right opening is known as “hot” and the left is referred to as “neutral”, while the hole at the bottom is called “ground”. The neutral and ground slots are exactly the same. If you were to look at the breaker box, you would find that the ground and neutral wires from every single outlet both go to the same place. Electricity flows from the hot to neutral slot. When an appliance is plugged into the outlet, the circuit from the hot to neutral hole is complete and power is able to flow through the appliance. The purpose for the ground slot is to protect people who are plugging in an appliance encased in metal, from sustaining an electric shock. The ground prong is connected straight to the casing.  Even with devices such as computers that have a plastic case with a metal-encased power supply inside of it, they also utilize the ground slot to keep users from harm. Another safety concern is burns. A dangerous situation can arise if a wire were to become loose from within an ungrounded metal case. If the wire is hot, it can heat the metal and potentially fatally shock or burn anyone who touches it. However when the case is grounded, this problem will not occur. Electricity runs from the hot wire directly to the ground, and will trip the breaker so the power is not being misdirected.

The biggest difference between two- and three-prong electric outlets is that the two-prong does not have the grounding feature. The omission of a ground slot means that two-prong outlets have a higher chance to give an electric shock. Beyond the lack of a safety component, there are really no large dissimilarities between the two types of outlets. An appliance that utilizes a three-prong outlet will be able to operate when plugged into one with two-prongs. This is possible when someone uses a cheater plug or cuts off the ground prong to make it fit. This is a highly dangerous practice though and is ill-advised as this bypasses a critical safety element. Now the user has created the opportunity to be shocked or burned by disabling the effect of the ground slot.

If you are interested in increasing the protective capabilities of your electric outlets, you can have them upgraded. Switching from two-prong to three-prong outlets will eliminate any worries of members of your household being harmed. Contact a professional electrician as they will be able to execute this task for you.

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, we perform a wide array of electrical services from residential to industrial and commercial. We take the time to fix the cause of any issue so it is permanently resolved. We value our customers and listen to their needs, which is why we have a Better Business Bureau A+ rating and outstanding reviews on Angie’s List. We are located in Walton, KY and provide service to Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Keeping Your Outdoor Outlets Safe

Outdoor outlets are exposed to many situations that can be damaging. If an outlet is not in working condition, this can lead to potentially dangerous repercussions for your household. Here are some tips to keep your outdoor outlets free from harm.

It is important to only use outdoor-rated electrical elements. Anything you plan to use outside must be specially designed and built to withstand the weather. Even if the outdoor lighting fixture is under a roof and will not be exposed to any rain, it still must be able to endure dampness, and extreme temperatures. Higher ratings are available for components that are not shielded from precipitation; it will state that they are weather resistant, weatherproof, or suitable for wet settings. You must use outdoor-rated light bulbs, fixtures, extension cords, and decorative lights. Indoor extension cords cannot meet the capacity required by many power tools, lawn tools, and outdoor lighting.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, or GFCI, outlets are a critical electrical safety improvement in the last few decades. They should be used anywhere you plug in electronics while grounded, including outside. Weather-resistant GFCI will ensure that your family is not shocked in outdoor environments with moisture present. If the previous owners of your home did not switch the outdoor outlets to GFCI, it is imperative for safety to update them as quickly as possible. These receptacles feature components resistant to corrosion, meaning not only are they safer but they will last longer than indoor options available.

You can install covers to be placed over your outlets so they are not affected by the climate. For receptacles that on porches or in an area with a roof, a cover that is labeled as “Suitable For Damp Locations”, is the right choice. However, for outdoor outlets that do not have protective shelter, they require an in-use cover instead. This style allows both the receptacle and whatever is plugged in it to remain dry, even during rain.

Ensure that wires and extension cords are in proper working order before use. You should inspect them for nicks, cuts, tangles, or any signs of injury. You need to be careful when placing wires along walkways and trees, as this can make them more susceptible to destruction. Avoid the use of these components in locations where the wires can be impaired. Any damage sustained can cause potential problems to arise.

When plugging in something, you should pay attention to the capacity needed. If not, you could overload the extension cord or outlet which may lead to a fire. Consider installing an extra outlet or purchasing a higher-capacity cord for your gadgets.

For all your electrical needs, rely on Rose Brothers & Sons Electric. We are available for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. We even offer 24 hour emergency service, so you can count on us to be there for you around-the-clock. Our superb rating by the Better Business Bureau is due to our dedication to providing outstanding customer service for clients. We are located in Walton, KY, and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Contact us today.

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How to Stay Safe While Using Your Generator

Before operating a generator there are many things you should know. These machines do not mess around; they are powerful and can cause serious damage. Here are some generator safety tips to follow to keep you and others free from danger.

Generators should never run indoors or in enclosed spaces. Injuries and deaths related to generators are mostly due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by generators being used in areas that are not well ventilated. Opening doors and windows is not sufficient enough to prevent the buildup of the potentially fatal poison. These machines should always run outside, and be placed at a minimum of fifteen feet away from windows, doors, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to enter your home.  If you find yourself feeling sick, weak, or dizzy, when operating a generator, seek fresh air at once. Since it cannot be seen or smelled, having a carbon monoxide detector can give you peace of mind that the harmful toxin is not in your home. This will still apply when you’re taking your generator camping as you’re going to want make sure you’re safe no-matter where you go.

You should never refuel the generator while it is running. You should turn the machine off, and give it ample time to cool off before adding more fuel. A fire can occur as the result of spilling fuel on the hot surface. Letting the engine cool before refueling also reduces the chances of being burned during the process.

Generators should never operate in wet conditions. This includes when it is raining. However, with proper covering and venting, it can be safe for use during precipitation. The manufacturer will have recommendations for how to properly operate the generator under tents specifically designed for your model. If you are standing in water or have wet hands, you should not work with your generator as well.

Another generator safety tip is to not attempt to backfeed your home. This happens when the generator is plugged directly into a wall outlet. This is an extremely dangerous thing to do, and creates the threat of electrocution for utility workers and neighbors relying on the same utility transformer. There is also an increased risk of excess current and electrical fire for your appliances and electronics. Instead you should install a transfer switch before running a generator. This allows the machine to connect to your circuit panel and power hardwired appliances without the safety risk of using extension cords.

In preparation for using the generator, you may want to keep extra fuel at your home. It is important for fuel to be properly stored and only use approved containers. Keep the fuel away from living areas, and combustion appliances. Your local fire department can provide suggestions on appropriate storage locations if you are unsure.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can help with all your electrical needs ranging from residential to commercial to industrial. We take pride in providing excellent customer service which is reflected in our numerous positive reviews on Angie’s List. We offer emergency service at all hours of the day, so you can count on us to always be there for you. We are located in Walton, KY, and serve Northern KY and Cincinnati. Call us today.

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