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[27 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

By: Jim Simmons, Owner, Mr. Electric
Portable generators are very useful in the event of a power outage. They can keep your freezer and refrigerator on and run a portable heater to help keep you warm, but using them improperly can burn your home down, or even cause death. Please follow the guidelines below for safe use.
Don’t connect the generator directly to your home’s wiring. Have a qualified electrician connect the generator with a transfer switch so that it is not connected directly to your home wiring. If not installed properly, …

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[1 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

By: Jim Simmons, Mr. Electric
Portable heaters (any heater that plugs into an outlet) are wonderful things. They can keep us warm and increase our comfort, but they can also be dangerous.
More than 25,000 residential fires and 300 deaths are associated with the use of portable space heaters every year. (Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). As an electrical contractor, one of our jobs is to repair wiring in homes and businesses that have been damaged.
In many instances in the winter months we find wiring that has been damaged by overloading …