Mister Sparky’s National Fire Safety Month Tips

By Krush Content,

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October means Halloween, football, and beautiful foliage. It’s also National Fire Safety Month. On average, fires cause 3000 deaths and 15000 injuries in the US each year. According the CDC, children four and under are particularly susceptible to fire-related injuries and deaths. You can help your children understand the importance of fire safety through drills, talks and safety tips.

Here at Mister Sparky NWA, we want to remind you of the best ways to keep your home safe so that the fires in your home are confined to the chimney on chilly autumn nights. In honor of National Fire Safety Month, here are some of our tips for fire prevention and safety!

 

Your Safety Starts with Working Smoke Detectors

Test your smoke detectors during National Fire Safety Month!Don’t wait for the batteries to run down on your smoke detector. Keep your family safe without relying on a low battery signal.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends changing batteries at least once a year and replacing smoke alarms every 10 years. With children in the house and for your own peace of mind, play it even safer and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries at least twice a year.

Not only is it important to have working smoke detectors in your home, but it’s also important to have the correct amount to stay up to safety codes. Homes should have smoke detectors installed inside every bedroom, one outside of every sleeping area and one on every level of your home, including the basement. Make sure your home is up to code and call the experts at Mister Sparky to install them.

 

Set a Replacement Schedule

The easiest way to keep track of when to change the batteries, is to follow the time change schedule. Replace the batteries with each Daylight Saving Time switch.

When you spring forward and fall backward, install new batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector around your home. This will give your detectors fresh batteries twice a year and ready for the changing seasons.

The batteries you take out of the detectors can be used in your remote controls or child’s toys so you’re not throwing away batteries that may still have some life in them.

 

Set a Testing Schedule

It’s important to test each detector monthly. If this seems like a lot to keep track of, mark it on your smartphone’s calendar (or your family’s wall calendar) of the day for the next 12 months that you’ll be testing on.

A 2014 report from the NFPA said that nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths between 2007 and 2011 occurred because the homes had smoke alarms that didn’t work. In nearly half, the smoke alarm’s batteries were disconnected or missing and 24% had dead batteries. As tempting as it is to disconnect the battery when burnt toast sets it off, open windows to clear the room but leave your smoke detector alone.

By setting up a testing schedule, you’ll be able to verify the batteries are installed, connectors are working properly and the alarm is loud enough. Mark your calendar and stick to your testing schedule.

 

Don’t Forget Hardwired Smoke Detectors

Have your smoke detectors replaced during National Fire Safety Month by a Mister Sparky NWA electrician!If your house has a security system, you may have hardwired smoke detectors that are tied into your system. Most alarm companies recommend you test your burglar alarm once a month. This is a good time to test your alarm system’s smoke detector too.

Ask your alarm company for recommendations on how to test your particular smoke detector. Be sure your system is in “test mode” before you set the alarm off. Otherwise, the fire and police departments may show up at your house thinking you have an emergency.

 

Review Your Home Fire Safety Plan During National Fire Safety Month

Run through your family’s fire safety plan at least twice a year when you’re changing the batteries. Or review monthly when you’re testing your detectors. If you don’t have one in place, print out Mister Sparky’s Home_Safety_Checklist and Fire_Plan here.

Hold home fire drills to make sure everyone in your family knows how to get out of the house in case there’s a fire.

Reminding your kids about your family’s fire safety tips ensures they know exactly what to do if an alarm ever goes off. Reviewing the drills is especially helpful for younger children who need their memories refreshed more often.

 

A Mister Sparky electrician just finished replacing the smoke detectors in this NWA home for National Fire Safety month.

Fire safety is very important to review and stay up to date with. Keep your family safe with these simple steps and remember to call the electrical professionals at Mister Sparky if you’re ever unsure about something or need something installed like a new smoke detector.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Electrical Safety For Football Season

By Krush Content,

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Football season is here! Whether your passions lie with your high school, college, NFL, or fantasy team (or even if you’re just along for the ride for the sake of a good tailgate party), a lack of electrical safety precautions can make your game watching experience miserable.

Electrical Safety at Home

Keep electrical appliances away from the sink– This is one bit of advice that we all learned in childhood, but it’s so easy to forget when you’re trying to watch the game, entertain guests, refresh the food, man the grill, and listen to that Spotify playlist. Don’t put yourself in that position where your distraction gets the better of you. Keep your electrical appliances separated from water from kickoff to the final whistle.

Protect your flat screen–  Electrical safety for your devices begins with a surge protector in your home.Between our giant TVs, computers, phone chargers, lamps, fans, and everything else, we’re pumping more electricity than ever, especially on game day. This leaves our valued appliances vulnerable to power surges. Protect your valued electronics with a surge protector.

Don’t let the smoke get in your eyes–  So much electricity, so much food on the grill, so much potential for things to go up in flames. Don’t let that happen to you. Check the batteries in your smoke alarm every month to ensure your home and family are safe.

Watch those burgers–  We know, we know.  Your team’s in the red zone, trailing by four, late in the 4th quarter.  You have to see what happens, right?  But not if you have food cooking.  Stay in the kitchen (or the backyard if you’re grilling) until the food is ready, the burners are off, and the fire is out.

Watch your cords–  Do not place electrical cords in high traffic areas, and never plug an extension cord into another extension cord. This is dangerous from a tripping hazard as well as an electrical one, with excessive voltage that could cause an overload of your electrical box or even a fire.

Electrical Safety at the Tailgate

Space heaters– Space heaters are a life saver during late season games in cold climates, but make sure to keep space heaters at least three feet away from all flammable materials when in use.

While you’re inside the stadium– Windy parking lots and lawns can make signs and banners combustible hazards to your grill. Make sure the coals are extinguished in your gas grill and not lit.

Keep these electrical safety tips in mind while grilling.Burgers, hotdogs, and chicken are game day staples, but without refrigeration they’re at risk for bacteria. Make sure you have ample cooler space and ice or a nearby place to refrigerate things before being prepared. Watch food temperatures.

And of course, be mindful of drivers and always designate a driver if you or someone in your party plans on drinking.

We’re here for you! Call Mister Sparky NWA if you’re experiencing any electrical issues, so that the only power problems during the big game come from a poor defensive line. Have a great football season everyone!

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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How To Save Energy For The Fall

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Labor Day is in the rearview and autumn is almost upon us. You know what that means: Halloween decorations, pumpkin spice everything, and some blessedly cooler weather. As much as you might love the lower temperatures and turning leaves, if you aren’t careful, the season can do a number on your energy bills. Buttoning up your home for the cold months will help save energy and money. Here are some simple tips to cut back on your energy use and save money for the upcoming holidays:Natural light can help save energy and your money in the fall and winter months.

Natural Sunlight

The sun is your best friend this time of year. Open your blinds and curtains on your south and west-facing windows during the day to let in as much light as possible. The sunlight will help warm your house during the day. Then once you hit sundown, close them back up. This does more than enhance privacy.  It also reduces the amount of warm air that escapes through your windows. If you have windows that are especially drafty, you can insulate them by covering them up with heavy, clear plastic. Heavier curtain fabrics may also reduce drafts to help save energy.

Thermostat

Save energy and money this fall by managing your thermostat.When you aren’t home, there isn’t much need for the heat to be running. Whatever temperature you normally prefer at home in the evening, set it 10 to 15 degrees lower than that while you’re at work (if you’re a heavy sleeper, you can do this while you sleep as well and double your savings). A programmable thermostat is a great tool to help you save energy; these thermostats follow a preset schedule that you determine, so you never have to remember to set it.

Stopping Air Leaks

An energy audit is the most reliable and effective way to locate air leaks and other energy waste. Even if you don’t have access to an audit, you can still find the leaks yourself with some incense. Light a stick of incense so that it produces wisps of smoke. This will give you a visual cue for the locations of leaks. Slowly pass the lit stick along corners, outlets, light switches, windows, doors, pipe entrances, and chimneys. If the wisps of smoke curling off the incense suddenly change direction without you moving the stick, you may have found an air leak. Patch these leaks up using weather-stripping or caulk to prevent more air from escaping.

Fireplace

When not in use, an open fireplace flue allows cold air to seep into your home.If you use a fireplace, keep the damper closed unless you have a fire burning. A lot of air can escape when the damper is open (much like running the AC or heater with a window open in your house all the time). When you are using your fireplace, if you have a thermostat for a furnace, set the temperature on the thermostat to between 50 and 55 degrees F. Installing tempered glass doors and a heat exchanger on your fireplace will really improve the fireplace warming capabilities, making sure your home is nice and warm without losing much heat. Lastly, make sure the hearth of your fireplace is sufficiently sealed with caulk to ensure there aren’t any air leaks.

HVAC Maintenance

Regular maintenance is a must for your heating and cooling system. Early autumn is the ideal time to get maintenance on your heating system as technicians won’t be quite as busy as in the peak-demand times of winter and summer. If you have a furnace, replace the filter once every month, or as needed to ensure proper airflow. With wood or pellet burning heaters, it is important to clean the flue and the inside of the heater regularly to keep the heater working efficiently.

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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