CMW Electric
Friday, July 28, 2017

Applying Common Sense to Appliance Safety

Home electrical fires are dangerous business. These fires are caused by several factors, including faulty wiring, inferior extension cords and defective appliances. Yet, some fires caused by appliances occur simply because of mishandling, misuse and poor maintenance.
 
Here’s a logical tip: Follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions when using an appliance. Discard appliances that spark, smoke or overheat. Pay attention to unusual smells or sounds. If anything’s amiss, turn off and unplug the appliance.
 
Clothes dryers account for almost 13,000 residential fires annually. And one of the leading factors in these fires is the failure to clean. Remove lint from traps, vents and surrounding areas routinely.
 
Other safety precautions to consider:
 
  • Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters.
  • Replace worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • Look for products evaluated by a nationally-recognized laboratory.
  • Don’t allow children to play with or around electrical appliances.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet.
 

When Good Bulbs Go Bad

What could be the cause of dimming and flickering lights? The problem could be in a wiring connection. If it’s one fixture with one bulb, start by changing that bulb. But if it’s happening throughout the home, call us for a diagnostic.  
The style or wattage of the bulb could also be the culprit. Change to a suitable bulb and see if that works.
 
Bulb life could be shortened by worn fixtures with wiring problems.
 
Whatever the cause, if you’ve got a fixture that needs “fixing,” give us a call. We’re here to help.
 

Outdoor Lighting Made Easy?

Outdoor lighting is an investment, increasing salability of your home. Outdoor lighting adds visual appeal, making your home more attractive.

Selecting the right outdoor lighting for your home involves a number of options. On the porch, will you affix sconces near the door, hang outdoor pendants or install outdoor ceiling lights?

Security lighting is increasingly popular with features like motion detectors, timers, surge protection and energy-savings components.

Pathway lighting illuminates your pathway, but can also highlight a favored garden feature. Post lanterns create additional lighting while adding ambiance. We’d be glad to help with your selection and installation. Give us a call.
 

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