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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 winter electrical safety 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

 

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, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Innovative Power Outlets

By Krush Digital,

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 innovative power outlets 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.

 

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, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Smoke Detector Safety

By Krush Digital,

When is the last time you checked your smoke detector batteries? 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.

 

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, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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