Electrical Safety: An Extension Cord Extra

Electrical Safety: An Extension Cord Extra

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares an electrical safety tip to help avoid electrical fires and keep you sane during the holidays at the same time.

Today I’m sharing a word about extension cords, those trusted electrical components that are great when you are in need of some extra room to connect to power where there isn’t an outlet where and when you need one.

This can be an especially active scenario during the holidays when you want to plug a myriad of items needing power to decorate just so, to make your heart happy with lots of lights, color and action for Christmas Morning.

Here’s the deal.

Extension cords are for temporary use, and if they aren’t put in a good place, that can shorten the life of thus said electrical component and lead to electrical fires.

Yes, those Christmas tree lights are not going to hang around forever, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared, and by that, meaning, having enough power for all your decorating needs and wants, which can also be applied to other times when you want to brighten things up in your interior.

So, the best solution to this extension cord dilemma?

Have an outlet (or two or three) added by a licensed electrician (if you live in the Collin County area of North Texas, just give us a call at 214.697.3134), this way you will always have power where you need it most at any time of year. No more need for extension cords coming to the rescue when you’ve got what you need where you need it.

Give it some thought: where do you use extension cords the most, especially for longer than is recommended? Then plan to have those new outlets added as soon as possible, since this will decrease your risk of electrical fires.

Oh, and what can lead to those fires?

Extension cords placed under carpets, under furniture where it can be “pinched,” thus breaking the protective outer lining and exposing those wires, which can also lead to electric shock for both humans and pets.

And speaking of pets, they are less likely to get into chewing trouble with an extension cords if there’s an outlet there instead! Yep.

And depending on Where you want those outlets to go, there’s an outlet for that, whether outdoors, where the weather outside can be frightful, or indoors in your kitchen where there are wet areas, your living room, or even in the bath where you like to decorate to keep it looking pretty.

Is it time to add those electrical components before you decorate for your holiday pleasure? Take action today and Stay Electrically Safe and Smart!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC!

Remember, If you own a business or home in Collin County area of North Texas and are in need of electrical service, repair or installation, give us a call at 214.697.3134 to schedule an appointment with Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC. We look forward to doing business with you!   

Electrical Safety: Heating Safely in the Winter

Electrical Safety: Heating Safely in the Winter

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety and fire prevention tips with a special focus on safety with the use of space heaters as supplemental during the winter months.

Tips include the safe use of space heaters such as what kind to buy, where to put them, how to plug them in, what NOT to do with a space heater and how to keep kids and pets safe too.

Take care and be aware of your space heater usage to avoid fires and other hazards and Stay Electrically Safe and Smart!

Special Thanks to KARE11.com, KARE 11, KARE Staff, ESFI and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall for the article, How to Use Space Heaters Safely.

Electrical Safety: Pet Safety and Your Home Upgrades

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Electrical Safety: Pet Safety and Your Home Upgrades

Bill’s Quality Electric, LLC shares electrical safety tips with a special focus on home repair and your pet’s safety. 

You determine it’s time to initiate some home repairs or perhaps an upgrade or two to help maintain the value and safety of your home. 

With repairs and upgrades often come electric-based equipment that arrives on the scene in order to provide an efficient application toward your home maintenance and repair goals. 

With pets present in the home, it is wise to use caution in giving them access to the areas that are being repaired or upgraded. Pets are curious in nature; although some prefer to stay out of the way, there are those that want to be right where the action is. And that can present inherent electrical dangers for your pet. 

Pets can either be relegated to a safe area of the home that is not being affected by the work being done, or great care should be taken to eliminate the possibility of contact with electrical wires, electrical power tools and any other work related item that could present the hazard of electrical shock. 

Keeping our pets out of harm’s way can help eliminate or at least greatly reduce unforeseen circumstances that involve your pet’s well being. 

Stay Electrically Safe and Smart as a pet owner when doing work on your home this summer! 

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