Electrical Safety: Caught in a Storm?

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Electrical Safety: Caught in a Storm?

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on the dangers of lightning in thunder storms and how to prevent electrical shock. 

We’ve all been caught in the thunderstorm a time or two, haven’t we? When you see lightning zag across the sky, you want to take cover! 

Why is it that lightning is such a danger during storms if we are outdoors, besides the fact that it is electricity incarnate? 

Just like electricity in a power line is always looking for the fastest path to ground, lightning can also present the same danger. 

And you present, just by being vertical on the ground, a path to ground. Not a good thing. 

Yet, often the first thing we consider when caught outdoors in a storm is to go find cover under a tree in case it starts to pour out. But trees are even more susceptible toward lightning strikes due to their height. And if a tree is struck and you’re under it, you become a part of that path too. Not a good thing. 

So, what can you do to stay safe when caught in a storm? Find shelter if at all possible. If there is none, stay LOW. You are less likely to get struck by lightning if you remain horizontal or at least not like a tree when there aren’t any around. 

Stay Electrically Safe and Smart when a storm erupts to prevent electrical shock dangers from happening to you! 

Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC 

Electrical Safety: Is It Too Hot?

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Electrical Safety: Is It Too Hot?

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on flat irons and small appliances that can overheat and what you can do to minimize the hazards of electrical fires and electric shock. 

Small appliances, such as flat irons, are very common place in the home. But do we pay close attention to our use of such electrically-based items to help reduce electrical hazards? 

Consider this scenario:

You purchase a new flat iron and are eager to try it out to see if it works well. You’re reasonably satisfied with the results. However, there’s one snag that cannot be ignored. Even on a lower setting, you notice that the flat iron gets really hot, even almost too much on the outside of the appliance, which surprises you, considering it’s brand new. 

The question to ask is this: is using a brand new flat iron that gets hotter than it should be safe to use? Could it overheat and cause a fire? 

A safest best is to contact the manufacturer to determine what is normal heat for the appliance so you can determine if it needs replacing or if you should purchase a different, safer product. 

It’s advisable to pay close attention to how the appliance is functioning and not take a chance on it overheating and causing an electrical fire. 

Also, keep all flammables, such as a washcloths and hand towels, away from any heat-inducing appliance; and keep it clear of any sinks or bathtubs where it may fall in. If it does, never reach into a place where water is present; otherwise  you could be fatally shocked. 

Ground Fault Circuit Interruptors are also the outlets we recommend to help prevent electrical shock. 

Stay Electrically Safe and Smart with your use of small appliances! 

Disclaimer: Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC is not specifying a particular brand of appliance with these cautions. Simply take good care with your future purchases, no matter what you buy. 

Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC 

Electrical Safety: A Power Line Position

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Electrical Safety: A Power Line Position

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on power line safety and how you can protect yourself from the possibility of electric shock. 

Power lines are dangerous; we all know that. But are we aware of where they are located around our homes? Knowing where power lines are situated in your neighborhood can make all the difference in protecting yourself, say, when a storm hits with high winds and lots of lightning and maybe even some hail thrown in…

What do you do if a tree on your property breaks as a result of that storm and lands on or has power lines running through it and maybe even damages your home or someone else’s next door? Do you get up into that tree with a power line running through it? Good question. 

Okay, the first thing you have to do is determine the risk involved. If there is a power line running through the tree and damage has incurred, the best path to take is to call your utility company and if necessary, a tree trimming expert, so you can keep yourself out of harm’s way. 

You see, if you’re in the tree, and a power line runs through it, there is always the potential for an electric shock, since your body could become the electricity’s path to ground. Let’s eliminate the possibility of your fatality. It’s not worth the risk, is it? 

Take care to do what is the safest in any given situation with power lines. Eliminate the danger of electrical shock no matter what your situation is. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner when dealing with power lines! 

Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC 

Electrical Safety: Appliance Awareness

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Electrical Safety: Appliance Awareness

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on appliance use and scenarios to avoid to help prevent electrical shock and electrical fires. 

We all use appliances in our kitchens, but do we use them safely? Are we fully aware of possible electrical and fire hazards that can occur? 

Think of this scenario:

Someone else is already using the stove top in your kitchen. You want to plug in a small appliance next to the stove since other outlets are not available. Is it safe? Here are the hazards to be aware of: is the counter wide enough to prevent a nearby burner from initiating a fire with the appliance present? Will the electrical cord from the appliance get too close and incur damage or start a fire? 

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Being aware of the possibilities of hazards when you are cooking in your kitchen can be a first step toward prevention of fires and electric shock associated with damaged electrical cords. 

Solution: Either wait till the other cooking is complete, or prevent the electrical cord from coming into contact with the burner that is being used. 

The possibility of an electrical fire and electric shock is what we’re trying to avoid; do what you can to keep things safe when you cook in your kitchen. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner with your small appliance usage! 

Copyright 2016 Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC 

Electrical Safety: Working Outdoors

Electrical Safety: Working Outdoors

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on working outdoors and how to prevent electric shock from overhead power lines. Tips include safety  working on your home, tree trimming around power lines, construction safety at work and power line safety wherever you are. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart when working outdoors! 

Special Thanks to 3BL Media and to AEP for the video, Electrical Public Safety: Safety Tips. 

Electrical Safety: Help Prevent ESD!

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Electrical Safety: Help Prevent ESD!

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on prevention of electric shock drowning (ESD). Tips include what ESD is and how it can occur for swimmers and how to protect yourself from it. Also included are tips for proper boat maintenance, what electrical equipment is suitable for near water as well as breaker and power line safety. Taking protective action as either swimmer or boat dock/boat owner could help save a life from ESD. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a swimmer and boat owner in marinas this summer! 

Special Thanks to BoatingIndustry.com, to NFPA and to ESFI for the article and resources, NFPA and ESFI Share Boating and Marina Electrical Safety Resources. 

Electrical Safety: In Your Home

Electrical Safety: In Your Home

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on your home electricity usage, which includes proper appliance usage, outlet usage, extension cord usage as well as light bulb choice. These tips can help reduce the likelihood of electrical fires in your home. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a homeowner to help prevent fires!

Special Thanks to National Fire Protection Association for the video, Safety Tips: Electrical. 

Electrical Safety: Working Outdoors

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Electrical Safety: Working Outdoors

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on working outdoors around power lines and how to keep yourself safe from electrical shock. Information includes electrocution statistics and their causes. Tips include steps for proper ladder use, tree trimming safety, proper use of electrical tools, swimming safety and maintenance of boats. Being aware of your surroundings and taking proper precautions can help reduce the possibility of injury or even fatality. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart when outdoors! 

Special Thanks to TheSandpaper.villagesoup.com, to Vince Maione, region president of Atlantic City Electric and to Atlantic City Electric, for the article, Atlantic City Electric Reminds Customers to Be Safe Around Overhead Power Lines. 

Electrical Safety: When Lightning Strikes!

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Electrical Safety: When Lightning Strikes!

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on protection from Lightning! Included are lightning strike statistics, how lightning can enter your home, and what damage it can do as well as how you can have the protection available for your home and yourself from lightning strikes. Tips also include how to protect yourself during a lightning storm to reduce the possibility of electrical shock. Stay Electrically Safe and Smart during lightning storms and stay protected! 

Special Thanks to WDAM.com, to Ryan Moore, reporter, and to Hattiesburg Fire Department Marshal, Stephen Mooney, for the article and video, Lightning Safety Tips for Your Home.