It’s Power Surge Season

By Krush Digital,

Spring has sprung! And what a great season it is. This is the time of reinventing your space and watching your flowers bloom. And while many great moments arise from the spring season, it is important to recognize the dangers that occupy this time of year.

While light rainstorms are a welcoming sign of nourishment for our gardens and crops, the rains can also bring with them severe weather and lightening strikes. This is why it is so necessary for every household to invest in surge protectors. Surge protectors are designed to protect electrical devices when there is a dramatic spike in voltage in the power lines. Spikes in voltage can damage computers, servers, and many other data sensitive devices. Installing a surge protector will enable you to defend such devices from a voltage spike.

Power surges are not exclusively tied to lightening strikes. Many surges occur when high powered electrical devices— such as refrigerators and air conditioners— are switched on and off. The dramatic increase or decrease in the need of power can cause a surge in your power grid leading to the above mentioned problems.

The way surge protectors work is by creating a threshold of voltage that is allowed to run through your power grid. If the power spikes above the threshold, the surge protector will reject the increased volts.

Mister Sparky professionals understand how important all of your electrical devices are, especially personal home computers that hold such valuable information on them. If you would like a Mister Sparky electrician to visit your home or place of work and assess your need for a surge protector, feel free to give us a call! On time, friendly, reliable, and knowledgeable, our Mister Sparky professionals are standing by to help you today!

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Spring Is In The Air!

By Krush Digital,

Spring has arrived! And what better way to celebrate than to spruce up the landscaping around your house. Mister Sparky has some great ideas to make this spring a time of meaningful house improvement!
With the warmer days ahead of us, we will be spending more and more time outdoors, sitting on the porch, enjoying the warmer nights, and hosting cook-outs. Having an inviting space to celebrate this great outdoors time of the year is vital when preparing for the coming events.

One of the major ways to improve the overall look of your back or front yard space is through the use of lighting. Lighting along a cobbled pathway, spotlights to highlight specific elements of your yard, or ornate lamps that elegantly flicker along the sides of your property can really add a sense of charm and functionality to the space.

Treat your outdoor space as an extension of your house. Use smart pieces of furniture that are both comfortable yet can survive the elements from summer showers. Outdoor rugs add warmth to any patio space, and step-lights help minimize any tripping-related accidents that may occur during night events.

The only thing better than updating your landscaping decor this year is receiving great discounts while doing so!

If you partner up with Mister Sparky this spring, you can expect to receive anywhere from 25% – 60% in discounts from our lighting suppliers. Just let your Mister Sparky professional know what kind of lighting you’re looking to incorporate in your landscaping, and they will do the rest!

On time, clean, friendly, and knowledgeable. Call a Mister Sparky professional to get your home improvement underway!

Another quick reminder about the importance of having functional smoke detectors in your house.
The National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) state that every home electrical system needs annual service. With that in mind, Mister Sparky® offers the Power Club™ program membership. Your Mister Sparky® Power Club™ membership includes one annual professional safety inspection and one panel rejuvenation for your electrical system. All of these features are available to you for a low monthly fee. Check with your service technician about how you can save with our Power Club™ membership.

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Space Heaters: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

By Krush Digital,

With the winter months coming to an end and the spring months approaching, the weather can be a bit unpredictable. For this reason, many people turn to space heaters to warm their rooms as need-be. What can be more cozy than curling up next to a space heater and lighting a few candles before falling into a peaceful sleep?

The vast majority of us have done it. Leaving our candles burning and our space heaters running through the night while we are fast asleep. While the comfort of the heat and the scents of the candles may aid in our slumber, the potential disaster for both an electrical and flame flare-up is immense. According to a Nationwide Insurance study, 80% of home heating fire casualties involve space heaters. Space heater fires account for 19,300 reported U.S. home structure fires which amounts to $559 million in direct property damage.

There are precautions you can take to protect yourself from a potential space heater-related house fire. The best precaution of course being to turn off your space heater when it is not being monitored. That means any time you step out of the room or feel yourself falling asleep, switch your space heater off.

With many of us leading busy lives, keeping tabs on your space heater can be difficult. The second best precaution: make sure you have smoke alarms in your house and that they are well maintained. Mister Sparky’s electrician services can couple their expertise in electrical maintenance along with their knowledge of smoke detectors to create the safest home environment possible for you and your family.

Mister Sparky’s professionals are all certified and skilled electricians. Beyond their expertise in proper wiring and installation of electrical units, they are knowledgeable in the installation and proper maintenance of smoke detectors.

On time, clean, friendly, and skilled, call a Mister Sparky professional today!

Join The Club!

The National Fire Protection Agency and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) state that every home electrical system needs annual service. With that in mind, Mister Sparky® offers the Power Club™ program membership. Your Mister Sparky® Power Club™ membership includes one annual professional safety inspection and one panel rejuvenation for your electrical system. All of these features are available to you for a low monthly fee. Check with your service technician about how you can save with our Power Club™ membership.

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Smoke Detectors: What’s The Big idea?

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Smoke Detectors: What’s the Big Idea?
Smoke Detectors have played a vital role in saving the lives of millions of people. The lack there of has consequently led to disastrous accidents claiming the lives of many. While fires are not something we can completely avoid, regularly maintaining and servicing our buildings in addition to installing smoke detectors can drastically reduce the number of incidents.

Mister Sparky’s electrician services can couple their expertise in electrical maintenance along with their knowledge of smoke detectors to create the safest home environment possible for you and your family.

It’s important to note that the leading causes of house fires are due to faulty electrical work and poorly maintained furnaces. This is why it’s so important that when tackling a home project you consult professionals.

Mister Sparky’s professionals are all certified and skilled electricians. Beyond their expertise in proper wiring and installation of electrical units, they are knowledgeable in the installation and proper maintenance of smoke detectors.

On time, clean, friendly, and skilled, call a Mister Sparky professional today!

Did you know?

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of poisoning death in the United States. Often referred to as ‘the silent killer,’ many who suffer from CO poisoning are not aware of their diagnosis until later stages of the poisoning have taken effect. Gas ranges, heating systems, and stoves, when not properly maintained and/or installed, can release this deadly toxin into the air.

There are ways to detect unsafe amounts of CO by installing CO detectors in your house. CO detectors alarm when carbon monoxide emissions are much too high in a room.

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Winter Electrical Safety Tips

By Krush Digital,

Despite being in the thick of the Winter season, we have had it pretty lucky with mild weather. But Winter is not over and there is no telling what sort of mayhem may be on the horizon threatening to shut down your power. So to be safe, here are some tips for the remainder of the season (and every season after).

  • Create a Home Emergency Kit and inform all members of the household of it’s location
  • Use standby generators safely
  • Stay away from downed power-lines -always assume they are energized
  • If icy conditions slide you into a power pole and the lines fall onto your car, STAY IN THE CAR unless there is a fire. If you must evacuate the vehicle, jump free and avoid touching the ground and the car at the same time

Portable Space Heaters –

  • Keep drapes, clothing, and other flammable objects a safe distance away
  • Plug directly into the outlet -avoid using extension cords
  • Place in a secure area where they won’t be bothered or kicked causing a fire hazard
  • Keep in a dry area to avoid shock risk and corrosion
  • Make sure the plug fits in the outlet snug and secure
  • Do not run cords under carpet or rugs -this will cause the cord to overheat
  • Never leave a space heater unsupervised
  • Always turn off and UNPLUG when not in use

Electric Blankets and Heating Pads –

  • Electric blankets and heating pads should not be used at the same time
  • Check cords for wear before plugging in
  • Unplug the heating pad before getting into bed to avoid overheating and fire risk
  • Do not tuck heating blankets under mattresses or place other covers on top
  • Avoid folding the heating blanket while it’s on
  • Make sure your heating blanket has a mechanism to shut off if overheating occurs

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Innovative Power Outlets

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The world of gadgets is expanding to include more innovative ways of powering our homes and electronics. These new outlet designs are fun, functional and energy saving. Could you see yourself installing any of these in your home? Take a look and see if they work for your needs!

Hang On Outlet

The Hang On outlet provides an extra lip to rest your plugs on when they’re not in use. This nifty outlet makes it easier to keep unnecessary electronics unplugged so you can save energy and money. Never scramble to find plugs again!

Tab Power Strip

The Tab power strip allows you to choose how many outlets you need and keep them organized and labeled. Have a power strip behind your entertainment center with too many wires to count? Use this gadget to keep them all in order.

Rotating 360 Degree Sockets

If you’ve ever struggled to fit a plug into your power strip, this outlet accessory is for you. Twist each plug around the base to make each item fit perfectly.

Timer Outlet

Control the electricity around your home or office automatically! This outlet accessory has a built in timer with different plugs corresponding to different times of the day. Save energy by keeping the lights off, even if you’re not there.

Legrand Pop Out Triple Outlet

An outlet that retracts when not in use and pops out to provide three receptacles with a single touch. This chic outlet style is great for a kitchen or home office where more outlets are needed for gadgets or computer equipment.

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Smoke Detector Safety

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When is the last time you checked your smoke detectors? The American Red Cross recommends testing your smoke detectors’ batteries once a month. 3,000 Americans die every year in residential fires. Don’t be the next victim.

Want to learn more about home fire safety? Test your safety knowledge with this Red Cross quiz and take a look at their other online resources.

http://rdcrss.org/POTaJL (link is external)

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Time For A Check-Up?

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When is the last time you got your electrical installations checked? Electrical work deteriorates with age and should be tested on a regular basis. Inspections are recommended to check for overloaded circuits, shock or fire risks, find any defective work, and a number of other safety concerns.
To stay safe, have an electrician test every:

  • 10 years for a home
  • 5 years for a rental property
  • 3 years for an RV or mobile home
  • 1 year for a swimming pool
  • before selling a home/moving into a previously occupied home

Have a home or pool that needs an inspection? Call Mister Sparky and swim safely!

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Last Chance To Vote For the Best Electrician In Northwest Arkansas

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There is only one day of voting left in the NWA Media Best of the Best contest. To vote for the Best Electrician go to:http://best.nwaonline.com (link is external) and vote today!!

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Are You Prepared For An Electrocution?

By Krush Digital,

What should you do if someone you know gets shocked? Electrical shock can be frightening and is more common than you may think. Household outlets, light fixtures, and electric fences are just a few of the likely causes.

If someone you know gets shocked, contact 911 or other emergency number then check for these symptoms:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Respiratory failure
  • Muscle pain and contractions
  • Burns
  • Seizures
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Unconsciousness

Follow these steps to ensure both their safety and your own:

  • Before touching them, make sure they are no longer in contact with the object that shocked them. It could pass the current to you.
  • Move the source away and/or turn it off if you can.
  • Check to see if they are able to breathe. If not, begin CPR if you know how.
  • To keep the victim from going into shock, lay them down with their legs elevated.

Keeping all of this in mind could save a life or prevent lasting injuries from an electric shock. Remember to stay safe and avoid possibly dangerous materials.

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