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Keep Those Babies Safe

Our final safety post from the ESFI this month (we are going to begin next month with their flyer outlining the National Electrical Code) is one near and dear to many of us:  Childproofing!  There is no greater task in the midst of diapers, bottles, pacifiers, blankets, and screaming than childproofing.  Most of us wait until our babies become mobile, and then things are not necessarily done to task.  Check out this nifty flyer and get to childproofing before the screams and coos of your little one(s) distract(s) you!

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If you have any questions about anything we have posted this month, or want to speak to someone about the safety of your house, call our office or use the contact form on our website.

If you would like to print any of the flyers we featured, Click Here and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.

Remember, we are here to help!

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Pool Season is Upon Us!

With the school year winding down (or already complete for some!) the excitement of pools, lakes, beaches, and the like is in full force.  Continuing the theme of Electrical Safety Month, this week’s flyer is focused on an unknown danger for many:  electric shock drowning.  There have been a number of articles recently detailing instances of such (we even shared one on our Facebook Page not too long ago), and we feel this flyer can be insanely useful for everyone.  We highly recommend printing it out and making yourself, and everyone you pool with, familiar with every possible aspect of electric shock drowning.

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Keep in mind, the real dangers are out in lakes, ponds, and oceans, but electric shock can happen anywhere there is water.  For further information regarding electric shock drowning, we recommend you visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International .

 

 

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Protect Yourself From the Surge

As May continues on (and the promise of summer is looming in the foreground) our focus remains on Electrical Safety Month.  As promised, here is flyer number two in the ESFI’s educational series on safety.  Surge protectors can be the single best method of home electrical safety and security you can employ.  We just recently had a whole home surge protection system in our house, and not one day has passed that I regret it.  Now, that doesn’t mean that the single strand surge protectors are worthless.  Those are better protection than nothing. 

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Our electricians are skilled in installing whole home surge protection systems.  So, if you have been thinking about it, now is the time to implement one more safety aspect in to your home.  Call our office to get any questions you have answered, schedule a free estimate, or make that appointment and pull the trigger!  We are here to help you!

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The Lowdown on GFCIs

Since May is official Electrical Safety Month, we felt it a good time to educate all of our wonderful followers on day-to-day electrical safety.  The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) annually publishes nifty flyers that are downloadable to viewers.  Being that we at Ohms are here to look out for you all and help in any way we can, are going to publish each and every one of these flyers for this year!  Don’t fret, there are only five so we won’t be taking up too much of your time.  The first one is one of my favorite subjects:  GFCIs!

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Have any questions or want to make the switch?  Call us and we can help you out.  We are, after all, here to make your life easier, brighter, and safer!

 

 

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SPRING CLEANING SAFETY TIPS

Spring is finally here (although we sure have felt it off and on since December)!  We all know that Spring hits and we get the itch to clean out closets, spruce up your landscaping, tackle new DIY projects; the list goes on and on.  What you may not always think of is small electrical repairs, changes, and tests you can make to ensure the safety and functionality of your home.  The list can be daunting, so we have compiled a few quick and easy suggestions to get you started.

  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.
  • Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets

Beyond these, we would definitely recommend calling our office to schedule an electrician to visit your home or place of business to help you locate, test, repair, or replace any current dangers and/or problems. 

If you are concerned that there are more problems within your house, especially those that could present a fire hazard, call our office and ask about the CurrentSAFE Electrical Hazard Detection (EHD) Test that we are licensed to perform. 

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All of the Batteries

I do not know about you all, but in my house there are never enough batteries. We have an entire drawer dedicated to batteries, chargers, and battery chargers.  My husband has purchased every type of battery and battery charger under the sun in hopes to curtail our spendage on batteries.  Now, I had no idea the world of batteries was so vast and expansive until recently.  Did you know that you are supposed to charge certain types of batteries in a bag just in case they explode?!  I did not until it happened (luckily the battery was charging in said bag).  Anyway, here are some quick battery tips for those of you who find yourselves in the dark when it comes to most things batteries. 

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NOTE: While on the phone with my husband telling him the good news about my battery safety finds he informed me that this safety list is for Lithium Ion Batteries which are not the same as Lithium Polymer Batteries (although they are basically the same).  Goes to show you, once you think you have learned everything (or something new) about batteries, there is always one more fact out there.

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