December 3rd, 2013
Despite being in the thick of the Winter season, we have had it pretty lucky with mild weather. But Winter is not over and there is no telling what sort of mayhem may be on the horizon threatening to shut down your power. So to be safe, here are some tips for the remainder of the season (and every season after).
- Create a Home Emergency Kit and inform all members of the household of it’s location
- Use standby generators safely
- Stay away from downed power-lines -always assume they are energized
- If icy conditions slide you into a power pole and the lines fall onto your car, STAY IN THE CAR unless there is a fire. If you must evacuate the vehicle, jump free and avoid touching the ground and the car at the same time
Portable Space Heaters -
- Keep drapes, clothing, and other flammable objects a safe distance away
- Plug directly into the outlet -avoid using extension cords
- Place in a secure area where they won’t be bothered or kicked causing a fire hazard
- Keep in a dry area to avoid shock risk and corrosion
- Make sure the plug fits in the outlet snug and secure
- Do not run cords under carpet or rugs -this will cause the cord to overheat
- Never leave a space heater unsupervised
- Always turn off and UNPLUG when not in use
Electric Blankets and Heating Pads -
- Electric blankets and heating pads should not be used at the same time
- Check cords for wear before plugging in
- Unplug the heating pad before getting into bed to avoid overheating and fire risk
- Do not tuck heating blankets under mattresses or place other covers on top
- Avoid folding the heating blanket while it’s on
- Make sure your heating blanket has a mechanism to shut off if overheating occurs
November 14th, 2013
The world of gadgets is expanding to include more innovative ways of powering our homes and electronics. These new outlet designs are fun, functional and energy saving. Could you see yourself installing any of these in your home? Take a look and see if they work for your needs!
Hang On Outlet
The Hang On outlet provides an extra lip to rest your plugs on when they’re not in use. This nifty outlet makes it easier to keep unnecessary electronics unplugged so you can save energy and money. Never scramble to find plugs again!
Tab Power Strip
The Tab power strip allows you to choose how many outlets you need and keep them organized and labeled. Have a power strip behind your entertainment center with too many wires to count? Use this gadget to keep them all in order.
Rotating 360 Degree Sockets
If you’ve ever struggled to fit a plug into your power strip, this outlet accessory is for you. Twist each plug around the base to make each item fit perfectly.
Stackable Surge Protector with Timer
Control the electricity around your home or office automatically! This outlet accessory has a built in timer with different plugs corresponding to different times of the day. Save energy by keeping the lights off, even if you’re not there.
Legrand Pop Out Triple Outlet
An outlet that retracts when not in use and pops out to provide three receptacles with a single touch. This chic outlet style is great for a kitchen or home office where more outlets are needed for gadgets or computer equipment.
September 25th, 2013
This month marks the biggest National Preparedness Month to date. Every September, organizations across the country participate in activities and drills to better prepare the community for natural and unnatural disasters. Electrical safety is a big part of that.
If disaster struck, would you and your family be ready? Organizations like FEMA and the CDC have set up websites with the resources to teach citizens what they should be doing to prepare for any and all emergencies ranging from terrorist threats to hurricanes. Join the National Preparedness Community and learn how to keep your family safe from harm.
September 8th, 2013
When is the last time you checked your smoke detectors? The American Red Cross recommends testing your smoke detectors’ batteries once a month. 3,000 Americans die every year in residential fires. Don’t be the next victim.
Want to learn more about home fire safety? Test your safety knowledge with this Red Cross quiz and take a look at their other online resources.
August 26th, 2013
When is the last time you got your electrical installations checked? Electrical work deteriorates with age and should be tested on a regular basis. Inspections are recommended to check for overloaded circuits, shock or fire risks, find any defective work, and a number of other safety concerns.
To stay safe, have an electrician test every:
- 10 years for a home
- 5 years for a rental property
- 3 years for an RV or mobile home
- 1 year for a swimming pool
- before selling a home/moving into a previously occupied home
Have a home or pool that needs an inspection? Call Mister Sparky and swim safely!
August 8th, 2013
There is only one day of voting left in the NWA Media Best of the Best contest. To vote for the Best Electrician go to: http://best.nwaonline.com and vote today!!
August 5th, 2013
What should you do if someone you know gets shocked? Electrical shock can be frightening and is more common than you may think. Household outlets, light fixtures, and electric fences are just a few of the likely causes.
If someone you know gets shocked, contact 911 or other emergency number then check for these symptoms:
- Cardiac arrest
- Heart rhythm problems
- Respiratory failure
- Muscle pain and contractions
- Numbness and tingling
Follow these steps to ensure both their safety and your own:
- Before touching them, make sure they are no longer in contact with the object that shocked them. It could pass the current to you.
- Move the source away and/or turn it off if you can.
- Check to see if they are able to breathe. If not, begin CPR if you know how.
- To keep the victim from going into shock, lay them down with their legs elevated.
Keeping all of this in mind could save a life or prevent lasting injuries from an electric shock. Remember to stay safe and avoid possibly dangerous materials.
July 9th, 2013
If you haven’t yet looked into hybrid or electric cars, now is the time. With advances made everyday in the new technology, experts say there could be as many as 4.4 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. Deciding which car is the best fit for you can be difficult. Here are three of the top green models available now and why they will appeal to you. And if you need a charging station installed -we are qualified to help you out!
1. 2012 Nissan Leaf
This new all-electric car has it all and boasts the most reasonable price of the new eco-friendly bunch. At only $26,684, this rechargeable vehicle can go 106 city and 92 highway miles. It features a nearly silent engine, but the savings in gas money are causing quite a noise in the industry.
2. 2013 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt is a bit pricey at $39,145 but it still has a lot to offer the eco conscious consumer. This hybrid can go up to 40 highway miles on one charge before switching over to its very efficient fuel engine. One tank can take this car up to 300 miles. The Volt offers some high tech options such as a video screen, but unfortunately has a small cabin that only seats 4.
3. 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
This model is all about style. While still retaining the benefits of a hybrid car, the Fusion also has the look of a luxury vehicle. At $27,200 with an estimated 47 mpg, this car is definitely one to beat.
June 28th, 2013
A new ceiling fan can offer many benefits to your home. See the advantages and tips on what to look for when choosing a new addition and give us a call if we can help!
®, #1 electrician in Northwest Arkansas, is your emergency electrician, 24-hour electrical service
, source. Call us now at 479.202.4757.
June 18th, 2013
Beat the heat this summer by installing a new ceiling fan in your home. In addition to providing improved circulation, ceiling fans can add value to your house while giving your wallet a break.
A properly installed fan can compliment your air conditioner by letting it run less. This improves efficiency and is better for the environment -not to mention the money you save on energy bills. Ceiling fans can also be beneficial during the winter months -with a quick switch in direction, your fan will push the warmer air at the ceiling back down to spread throughout the room.
Another advantage to installing a ceiling fan is room decor. Put that finishing touch on your favorite room without sacrificing space for a floor standing or desk fan. With modern design and improved mechanics, your ceiling fan can become a feature of a room without being noisy or an eyesore. They are also safer for kids and pets.
When choosing your ceiling fan, there are 5 points to take into consideration:
- Blade Pitch -The wider the blade and higher the angle, the more air gets moved.
- Blade Finish -Make sure the factory has treated the blades with a moisture sealant to prevent wooden blades from warping and peeling, and metal blades from scratching and tarnishing.
- Motor Quality -Fans that come with motors with sealed and lubricated ball bearings require less maintenance, if any.
- Energy Star rated -Energy Star-rated fans are 50% more efficient than conventional ones.
- Installation -This is very important when deciding where you want your fan located in your room as well as ensuring optimal efficiency. Watch our short 10-step installation video!
Mister Sparky has installed countless ceiling fans and we are always available to install it if you like, or we can provide any assistance if you choose to do it yourself. We are happy to help, so give us a call anytime!