October is finally here! Time to stock up on sweet treats, then fill the yard and home with ghastly decorations. It’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna be spooky!
Before lying in wait for those young ghosts, goblins and caped crusaders to invade your neighborhood demanding their treats, keep the following safety tips in mind to make sure the electrical elements in and around your home are ideally maintained to minimize risk.
Halloween means strings of decorative lights, fog machines, strobe and black lights, animatronics, electrically powered decorations and the list goes on. These things all add to the ambience, but they also create the added dangers of fire, electrocution and other nasty accidents. It is very important that you look for these potential dangers and eliminate them before you flip the switch.
As you unpack the cardboard boxes and plastic containers full of plastic skeletons, lighted pumpkins, and assorted “Boo factor” decorations, make sure you check them for electrical component issues/ Examine each of the decorations as you un-box them for frayed wires, burnt out lightbulbs and batteries that need replacing. Also, look for cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections that could cause a serious shock or start a fire. Discard damaged sets of lights or damaged props that can no longer be used safely. Use only lights that have been safety tested and approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL). Look for the UL label on the box and on each string.
Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord. Don’t use electrical decorations or light strings on materials that could catch fire. Follow the use and care instructions that accompany your electrical decorations.
Make sure extension cords are in good condition. Use only UL-approved cords rated to carry the electrical load you will connect to them.
Keep electric cords out of high-traffic areas. PLEASE don’t staple or nail through light strings or electrical cords.
Fasten outdoor lights (use only lights rated for outdoor use) securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from wind damage. Use only insulated staples to hold light strings in place, not nails or tacks.
For added electric shock protection, outside cords should be plugged into outlets equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Use a portable GFCI if your outdoor outlets don’t have them. GFCIs protect you from electric shocks. Portable outdoor GFCIs can be purchased where electrical supplies are sold. GFCIs can be installed permanently to household circuits by a qualified electrician, call Kalin Seamens at RealTime Electrical Solutions on 469-475-5488 if you have any questions. Kalin will make sure that you are safe.
Now is a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detector. While you’re at it, vacuum them and test each one after replacing the batteries.
Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire. Always have at least one fire extinguisher available and know how to use it. In homes with small children or animals, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable.
Practice safety, use common sense and you’ll have a happy, accident-free Halloween! Enjoy the holiday and for any electrical issues or questions, give us a call at 469-475-5488.
You’ve probably noticed a popular lighting trend on all the home remodeling television programs lately referred to as pendant lights. A pendant light is one that hangs from the ceiling suspended by a slender rod, cord or discreet chain. These single drop light fixtures are called pendant lights because they look similar to those lovely drops ladies wear around their necks on a delicate chain.
When pendant lights are hung together in a straight line, the effect is dramatic. This is especially true when pendant lights are suspended above a rectangle surface like a kitchen island or a long dining table. Not only are the aesthetically pleasing to the eye, the well-spaced individual pendants also ensure that the entire surface is equally lit.
Pendant lights are also being used effectively over bathroom vanities. Because the lights take up so little of the visual space, even small bathrooms where they’re used appear larger. Who doesn’t want a bigger bathroom? What an amazing change these little pendant lights make to your existing home design!
Wondering how high to hang your new pendant lights or what the optimum spacing is between the lights? Master electrician, Kalin Seamans has all those answers you and he can handle all the wiring for you.
RealTime Electrical Services routinely design the lighting schematics for luxury homes, elegant hotel lobbies, restaurants, country clubs and corporate offices.
Landscape lighting is one of the most dramatic improvements you can make to your home’s curb appeal. In fact, professional outdoor lighting design is an investment that will even increase the resale value of your home.
RealTime Electrical Solutions’ master electrician, Kalin Seamans specializes in “masterfully” designed landscape lighting systems that really impress! Because every element will be professionally installed and connected to a central power source, you’ll have control everything from one spot in your home.
Instead of stringing lights in the garden yourself and dealing with umpteen plugs and power cords, why not choose a stunning outdoor lighting design and a quality installation.
Almost everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing when they got the horrifying news. “You must give up your light bulbs,” the government told us, “to save energy!”
What did they offer us instead? The incandescent light bulbs that we’d grown up with were suddenly illegal and we were left with alien looking, white spiral thingies in their place.
Fortunately, private enterprise seized upon the problem and saved us from ugly light bulbs. Fast forward to 2017 and your aesthetically pleasing bulb options are cornucopic. You can now buy everything from “antique” inspired light bulbs to nearly perfectly sculpted doppelgangers, made to look just like the out-law bulbs we used to love. Your chandelier can even have lovely “candle light” bulbs again.
Thinking about LED bulbs, CFLs or acandescent bulbs? Confused about using the new lighting options to give you the effect you want in each room of your home. Wondering how long these bulbs last and how much they cost? Well, of course you are.
Over the next few weeks, master electrician, Kalin Seamans will be reviewing some of the coolest new light bulbs available on the market today. Why? Because women keep asking him if they have to use ugly light bulbs in their homes or if there’s an alternative. His customers want answers and he wants to give them the service they so richly deserve!