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The 411 on Backup Generator Safety

 generator safetyBefore you consider buying or renting a portable backup generator, it is important that you consider a few backup generator safety tips to ensure you choose the best option for your home and need.  Every year people purchase backup generators for times when the power is out.  Here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

Choosing a Portable Backup Generator

There are a few good models when it comes to purchasing or renting a generator.  Make sure you look at the size of your generator and make sure it can handle the wattage you will need to turn on all the lights and appliances you have to use.  You can get the amount of power you need by looking at labels on the appliances you plan to operate.  If you are operating lights, the wattage is the number.  Your generator should be rated for amount larger than your overall need.  You also need to accommodate a surge of power when the generator kicks on.  An electrician can help you determine the size generator you need.  If you are using a generator for more than just emergency needs, your electrician may recommend a more permanent set up to power your house.

Portable Generator Hazards

A gas powered generator is a safety hazard if you don’t use caution when operating it.  The toxic exhaust can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or death.  There is a hazard of electrocution or electric shock and because many portable generators are gas or diesel fueled, there is always a fire hazard.  You should read over the generator safety tips carefully before using a backup generator.

Backup Generator Safety tips

  • Never operate a generator in a closed in area.  Opening windows and doors will not make it safe for indoor use.  Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous and can quickly overcome you.  Never operate a generator in a garage, basement, crawlspace or other area that is enclosed.  If you have it near an open door or window CO can come inside.  The only way to detect CO in the air is to have a carbon monoxide detector that will sound an alarm when levels are too high.  If you begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded, you should get fresh air immediately.
  • Keep the generator on dry, even ground.  Don’t operate next to water or in the rain.  Make sure your hands are dry when you touch the generator.
  • Cool the generator down 2 minutes before adding fuel.  This will make sure it doesn’t ignite.
  • Never use the generator around combustible items.
  • If you use extension cords make sure they are properly rated for outdoor use and are in good condition.  A three prong plug is important.
  • Never attempt to power your entire house by plugging directly into an outlet.  This “backfeeding” can cause electrocution miles away.  If you need to power your entire house, your electrician can install a power transfer switch which will do the job safely.

If you have questions about using a backup generator or generator safety, your electricians at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help.  We proudly serve Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati and the Southern Indiana area.

 

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Electrical Contractor for Your New Home

electriciansChoosing the correct electrical contractor is incredibly important if you want your plans to run smoothly. At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric, electrical contracting serving Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati, and Southern Indiana, we understand how important it is to find the right team for the job. Here are 5 helpful tips for choosing the best electrical contractor for your new home.

1. Know What You Need

Make sure you have clearly defined the electrical project that you are preparing to have completed. Is it a minor repair? A complete renovation? Decide when you need the project to be completed by because this can be a factor towards rather or not an electrical contractor will work for your schedule. Give your contractor all the details possible on what you need done to make sure that they can give you proper estimates and time frames.

2 License and Insurance

After you have figured out exactly what you need the first thing you should look for is an electrical contractor who is licensed and insured. A licensed electrical contractor has completed all the necessary courses and training to perform their job safely and properly. Always ask to see a contractor’s license and make sure it is up to date.

3. Credibility and Experience

Don’t be afraid to ask a potential contractor for references from previous jobs and about their special qualifications. Many contractors will have special qualifications, accreditations, or might be Master Electricians like those at Rose Brothers & Sons. All of these extra factors about your contractor could make them the perfect fit for the job you need done, or the wrong fit. An easy way to check the standard of your contractor is to see if your contractor has a Better Business Bureau business review and accreditation. You can also browse the contractor’s website or review sites to look for reviews about experiences other people have had with that contractor.

4. Rates and Quotes

It is always a good decision to get at least three different quotes for your project, more would be better, but definitely get three. Make sure your electrician gives you quotes with precise breakdowns of all the prices so you can compare them to the other quotes you receive. Because of the quote process it is incredibly important to know exactly what you need done or else unforeseen expenses may arise.  You also don’t want to compare one quote to another without having similar breakdowns.

5. Go with Your Gut

Lastly, the best thing you can do is go with your gut. Pick the contractor that you feel the most comfortable with after talking to them. Ask your electrical contractor as many questions as you need to feel secure in your choice. You need to be confident that your contractor will understand what you need and have a good attitude about communication in the future.

Electrical Contractor In Northern Kentucky and The Surrounding Area

If you are looking for a contractor for your new construction, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is here to meet all your needs. We are a locally, family owned, and trusted electrical contractor that can handle anything from small repairs to industrial and commercial electric. We pride ourselves on our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and our excellent record on Angie’s List. Call us today with any questions you may have so we can help you get started on your next electrical project.

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