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Sunday, March 26, 2017

How Lighting Prevents Crime

Lighting serves crime prevention when it makes activity visible to passersby, eliminating the shadows where someone can hide and producing a feeling of vulnerability in the criminal. Lighting should illuminate entrances and walkways, control glare, detect motion and face inward rather than disturb drivers on the street. Outdoor security lighting has three basic categories:
 
Dusk to Dawn – Detect levels of outdoor light. They switch on at full wattage when light levels are low, and switch off when light levels increase. Their lengthy use at full wattage consumes more energy than other choices.
 
Motion Detection – Switches on when activated by motion, saving energy when compared to full-time use.
 
Hi/Lo Motion Activated – A combination of the other two, this type of lighting operates at a low wattage when light levels are low, but switches to full wattage when triggered by motion. The glow through the dark hours provides more protection than no glow, but without the energy use of operating at full power.
 
For more tips on security and outdoor lighting, give us a call.

When a Force of Nature Hits Home

Lightning causes more injuries than any other act of nature, and even inside your home, you’re at risk. Electrical wires, plumbing, telephones and entertainment systems can be the paths for lightning.

During a storm, take precautions:

Stay off corded phones and computers. When you’re using electrical equipment, you’re in direct contact with your electrical system.

Stay away from tubs, showers and other plumbing. Also, stay away from windows and doors. Avoid contact with concrete floors and walls, like in basements.

7 Ways to Make Sure Your Electrical System Is Safe

With 39,000 house fires and 350 deaths caused annually by faulty wiring and electrical equipment, these recommendations from the NESF may help protect your home:
 
  • Check for outlets that have loose-fitting plugs.
  • Make sure cords are in good condition.
  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters should be used where water and electricity are in proximity.
  • Replace extension cords with additional outlets.
  • If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, unplug it, and have it repaired or replaced.
  • Make sure plugs fit outlets.
  • If your lights dim, you may be at risk of a power surge.

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