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.
Appliances and Equipment
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.
Most teenagers would never consider the morning rush before school life-threatening. There will be those days of drama: remembering a homework assignment due first period, or seeing the tiny zit on their forehead now looks like a third eye — …Read More.
In the mid-1960s, the Beatles jauntily sang about what life would be like “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Now, a half-century later, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are in their 70s, and those who are 64 and older are continuing to increase …Read More.
Batteries provide a portable, and usually safe, source of electricity. From batteries in our cell phones to industrial-sized backups, we rely on them every day. Although they may seem harmless, safety should always be a top concern when using and …Read More.
When Ralphie Parker’s dad attempts to plug his glorious but tragically fra-gee-lee “Italian” leg lamp into an overloaded wall outlet in the holiday movie classic “A Christmas Story,” there first came a “snap of a few sparks” and the “whiff …Read More.
Electricity is something we all take for granted. Unless there’s a power outage, we assume when we flip the switch or turn on an appliance, everything will work as expected. We don’t always consider what will happen if something is …Read More.
Keeping every member of your family safe around electricity is a priority of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. That includes those furry members of the family — your cat, dog, hamster or other critter. Once upon a time, there lived a hamster …Read More.
Surge protectors save your electronics from power surges or increases in voltage significantly above the intended level in the flow of electricity. While power surges are commonly associated with lightning and storms, surge protectors have everyday purposes. Power surges, unfortunately, …Read More.
With heat and humidity often overwhelming during Indiana summers, air conditioners and fans are essential for staying cool and comfortable. Even though air conditioners are everyday appliances, it’s important to be aware of their potential hazards. Contact with electric current …Read More.