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WHY ELECTRICAL SAFETY SHOULD BE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

Electrical safety is an important part of our lives that we rarely think about. All electrical systems have the potential to cause shock, injury, fires and death. In fact, according to the national fire protection association, approximately 50,000 home fires are caused every year by electricity, resulting in 450 deaths and 1,500 reported injuries. At work, the numbers reported for electrical incidents result in another 300 deaths and more than 3,500 injuries per year. Whether you are at home or at work, we have provided you with a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe in 2016!

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6 ELECTRICAL SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Are you making a list and checking it twice? The holidays can be a wonderful time of year to add some spirit to your festivities with seasonal décor and tree trimming. However, all these decorations can add to your electrical bill and cause a safety hazard if not monitored properly. Follow these six electrical safety tips for the holidays to ensure a warm and memorable experience! 1. Check your lights Lights that aren’t in good shape are considered to be a hazard that can cause an electrical shock or even a fire. Before you hang up your lights, check for

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DESIGN & SAFETY TIPS FOR HANGING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The holiday season is the time of year for decorating, hosting parties and hanging up festive lighting. Whether you think the latter is a challenge or a chore, it’s important to take some time to consider several factors before pulling out the ladder and the lights. At wiremaster’s electric, we have provided you with a few design and safety tips for hanging christmas lights. Design Stick to a color scheme:if you stick to a color scheme, like all white lights or all colored lights, then it will be easier to replace a bulb in the event that one breaks. The

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10 ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR THANKSGIVING

Autumn officially marks the beginning of the holiday season, starting with thanksgiving. This holiday is known for bringing family and friends together with a huge feast, making the kitchen the focal point of the celebration. According to the u.s. Department of energy, cooking accounts for 4.5 percent of energy used in u.s. Homes, without factoring in refrigeration, hot water heating or dishwashing. On thanksgiving, however, you’re likely to use 15 percent. In honor of this day, we have provided 10 energy saving tips for thanksgiving to keep your electricity bill low while you keep your holiday cheer high! 1. Lower the thermostat

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HOW TO ELECTRICALLY UPGRADE YOUR KITCHEN BEFORE THANKSGIVING

If you are planning a kitchen remodel, make sure that your plans include upgrades to the electrical system. New appliances and a new kitchen configuration could mean different energy needs that should be taken into consideration from the start of your remodel. We have provided you with a few electrical components that may need your attention while you upgrade your kitchen. 1. Electrical grid Since newer appliance models use more power, make sure to upgrade your electrical system to at least 100 amps (preferably 150 to 200 amps). Code requires an outlet every six feet, however placing them every four

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5 FALL ENERGY SAVING TIPS

If you’re looking to increase your energy savings during the fall months, there are a few things you can do around your home to become more energy efficient. At wiremasters electric, we want you to get the most out of your electrical appliances without having to break the bank, so we have provided you with a list of five fall energy saving tips to help you live comfortably in the fall as you prepare for the winter. 1. Inspect your vents Fall is a great time to get your vent system checked by a professional. Make sure they check that

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WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING AN ELECTRIC CAR CHARGER

Can you imagine what it would be like to never go to a gas station again? If purchasing an electric vehicle (ev) has been on your mind lately, ceasing your gas station visits could be a real possibility. A common accessory that goes with an electric car is a 240-volt home charger. While you will need a professional to install the unit, unless you have extensive experience with electrical work, there are a few things to get familiar with before installing an electric car charger. Your home’s electrical grid Before you install an electric car charger, you will need to

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WHICH ELECTRICAL JOBS SHOULD YOU LEAVE FOR A PROFESSIONAL?

Any home projects dealing with electricity should be approached with caution. For minor repairs, such as replacing a switch-plate, installing a dimmer switch, or adding under-cabinet led lights, you may be able to do minor repairs yourself. However, for larger jobs, a diy fix may not be enough. We have provided you with a list of five electrical jobs that you should leave to a professional. 1. Repairing or replacing a circuit breaker Electrical overloads are extremely dangerous and can cause shortages, or even a fire, if the circuit breaker isn’t properly wired or installed. If you are considering repairing

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OUTDOOR EXTENSION CORD SAFETY TIPS

Summer is the perfect time of year to spend more time outdoors, especially if you plan on doing some projects or repairs around the house. However, before you get ready for your next project, you should keep in mind these several outdoor extension cord safety tips, so that you can avoid an accident involving old or improper use of extension cords. 1. Avoid water exposure Never run an extension cord through water or snow, and be especially careful when using them around water sources, such as pools, sprinklers or ponds. Since water conducts electricity, an extension cord exposed to water

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WHEN IT’S TIME TO CALL AN ELECTRICIAN

Upgrades and repairs to your electrical system should generally be left to a professional, unless you understand the basics of electricity and wiring systems. If you don’t, then we highly suggest that you call an electrician to handle your electrical issues, especially in these scenarios that we have outlined below. Your home is more than 25 years old If your home is more than 25 years old, then most likely the electrical system has not been modernized to meet the current code that guarantees electrical efficiency and safety. Old homes typically have old or decaying wiring that should be inspected

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