When Ralphie Parker’s “old man” attempts to plug his “major award” — the infamous plastic leg lamp — into an overloaded wall outlet in the classic movie “A Christmas Story,” there first came a “snap of a few sparks” and …Read More.
Nearby lightning strikes are most often associated with power surges in your home’s wiring that can damage electronics and appliances. But smaller power surges — voltage increases above the intended level in the flow of electricity — are far more …Read More.
Charging a cell phone is something we all do every day. No big deal, right. Wrong. Take these familiar scenarios, for example: You need a new charger. So, you head to the nearest gas station and grab one at a …Read More.
Electric space heaters and blankets are great ways to stay toasty warm when the temperature drops. But don’t forget about safety before you plug in these chill-chasers. During these winter months, when space heaters and electric blankets come out of …Read More.
With the hustle and bustle of the holidays just ending, we’ll do just about anything to make things easier on ourselves. The convenience of electric space heaters are great, but don’t forget about all of the safety precautions you may …Read More.
Winter is full of holiday festivities, and, unfortunately, home fires. Avoid the hazards that are all too common during this time of year with some helpful holiday and winter electrical safety tips! During these winter holiday months, everyone breaks out …Read More.
Malfunction of electric appliances, equipment and wiring is a leading cause of home fires. Many electrical fires, however, can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical principles and following safe practices. “The statistics are staggering and disturbing,” said Tom VanParis, …Read More.
One of the most basic electrical safety rules is “electricity and water don’t mix.” It’s especially important to keep that in mind if your home has been impacted by flooding. “Though it’s normal to want to get things cleaned up …Read More.