The holidays are a time of excitement and high energy when it comes to decorations – from the Christmas tree to the lights strung up outside to a cozy manger, and more. It was estimated by a consumer survey by ESFI.org in 2013 that over 86 percent of consumers decorate their home and about two-thirds used lights to decorate the outside. While holiday lights certainly give off that unmistakable holiday feel, they can also increase the likelihood of a fire or injury if used improperly and without the right safety precautions.
It is that time of year once again. All the baking, the presents, the cooking and of course, Christmas decorations. Before you head to your local store and clear the shelves with every light and decoration imaginable, take a moment to think and plan for safety first. Creating a winter wonderland for the holidays is all about the lights, but there are ways you can get a dazzling home without going National Lampoon style!
New home construction is complex and has numerous components that must be considered. One of the most important, and unfortunately the most overlooked, is the home’s electricity. Improperly installed electrical components could lead to disaster. Whether you are building a home from the ground up or you are in the process of adding on to your existing home, it is important you call in an electrical contractor at the right time to avoid costly (and even deadly) errors in your electrical work.
Solving electrical issues, doing repairs or even installing new electrical systems is dangerous work, especially if the person doing the job is not qualified and experienced. While your project makes it necessary for you to hire a professional, knowing what to look for is important. It could mean the difference between hiring a dependable electrical contractor versus hiring someone who puts your home and loved ones at risk.
Unexpected weather, excessive power consumption or even a blown transformer can take out the power of an entire block. When this happens, it can leave your home or office without power for hours or perhaps days. If you think a backup generator is an extravagant purchase, you will be surprised at the benefits of investing in one.
Ceiling fans are economical, efficient and an attractive way to save on energy bills. They not only offer better air circulation, but also provide overhead lighting to your rooms. Most ceiling fan models and installations are within reach for even the tightest home budget too.