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How to Avoid Home Electrical Fires

Posted by Joey Haack on Jan 27, 2020 10:45:00 AM

Whether you live in an older home or one that was just built, you need to be careful when it comes to electricity. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), home electrical fires account for approximately 51,000 fires and nearly 500 deaths each year. Take precautions by following these tips, and ensure your home and family are kept safe.

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Topics: electrical

4 Main Causes of Electrical Short Circuits

Posted by Joey Haack on Nov 20, 2019 2:45:00 PM

A short circuit occurs when electricity strays from its intended path and completes its journey via a shorter route—one of less resistance. This occurs when the flow of electricity is interrupted by a flaw in the established wiring. If a short circuit in your electrical system is not found and promptly fixed, it could produce sparks, smoke, or fire or cause electric shock. 

Before we get into common causes of short circuits in a home, a brief science lesson is in order to help you better understand how circuits work. 

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Topics: electrical

Easy Lighting Upgrades to Give Your Home a Makeover

Posted by Joey Haack on May 28, 2019 2:13:00 PM

Lighting can make all the difference in the appearance of your home. Fortunately, there are plenty of upgrades you can make to take your lighting design to the next level. Check out these easy lighting upgrades to give your home a makeover. 

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Topics: electrical, home improvements

What Is a Lighting Retrofit?

Posted by Joey Haack on Apr 5, 2019 2:51:00 PM

With all the talk about energy efficiency, you've likely heard the term "lighting retrofit" a time or two. The benefits of a lighting retrofit can make a significant difference in your day-to-day life as a homeowner or business owner. We've tackled some of the frequently asked questions surrounding lighting retrofits and their impact, from the basic definition to benefits. Check out the information below, and then schedule your own lighting consultation with an electrician near you! 

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Topics: electrical

Quick Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

Posted by Joey Haack on Dec 24, 2018 3:04:00 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With all of the holly and jolly going on, it’s hard to focus on mundane safety precautions. Don’t let a preventable emergency put a damper on your holiday spirit. Check out these quick home safety tips to keep you and your family safe during the holiday season. 

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Topics: electrical

Do I Need to Worry About Outlets That Don’t Work?

Posted by Joey Haack on Nov 14, 2018 2:03:00 PM

Electricity is nothing to mess around with, but not every electrical issue is a major problem. Because it’s such an integral part of our daily routine, we often take electricity for granted until something goes wrong.

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What is an Electrical Short?

Posted by Joey Haack on Oct 11, 2018 2:16:00 PM

An electrical short, or short circuit, is a low-resistance connection between two conductors (objects that allow electricity to flow through them) that are supplying electricity to a circuit. A short occurs when a current follows an unintended path, bypassing the route it’s supposed to take.

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Topics: electrical

Will Your Home Pass an Electrical Safety Inspection?

Posted by Joey Haack on Sep 6, 2018 3:59:00 PM

In 2016, fire departments in the U.S. reported more than 1.3 million fires and 3,390 civilian deaths. An estimated 457,500 were structure fires, 78.1% of which were residential. Needless to say, keeping your electrical system in check and having it inspected regularly is imperative.

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7 Sources of Electricity for Our Homes

Posted by Joey Haack on Jul 24, 2018 11:51:00 AM

The electricity used to provide power for your electronics, appliances, lighting, etc. travels from a power plant that may be located dozens or even hundreds of miles away from your home. As you may already know, electricity is a secondary energy source, which must be derived from a primary source. Let’s dig a little deeper and find out where our electricity truly comes from and how it so conveniently arrives at our homes for us to use whenever we need it.

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Topics: electrical

What Should I Do If a Tree Falls on My House During a Storm?

Posted by Joey Haack on Jul 21, 2018 10:16:00 AM

We hope you never experience a tree falling on your home, but if you do, it’s important to know what to do immediately so everyone remains safe. Here are the steps you should take after a tree or large branch falls onto or through your roof during a storm.

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Topics: roofing, electrical