Winter storms are harsh – they can cause your home to lose power throughout the day and last well into the night. When you lose power, you lose access to a lot of essentials. Depending on how cold it is outside, loss of power could even be life threatening. It is important to always be prepared for the winter, such as having ample food storage, extra blankets and flashlights, and of course, a backup generator.
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!
A surge protector is designed to help keep your electrical equipment safe from any voltage spikes. It regulates the voltage within your electrical devices (either through blocking or grounding) so that it is always at a safe level for your equipment. Surges happen a lot more frequently than homeowners might realize, and when they do occur, you will want a whole-house surge protector installed to protect your appliances and devices.
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.