Monthly Archives: May 2016

Memorial Day

 
**PLEASE REMEMBER OUR OFFICE IS CLOSED, AS OUR STAFF WILL BE HOME SPENDING TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES!
 
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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
 
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
 
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
 
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day
 
 

Memorial Day Closure

 
Our office will be closed Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day! Our staff and technicians will be home with their loved ones. As always, our phone is answered live by an on-call technician for an emergency. Thank you for understanding!
 
 

Kohler Generators – Answering Mother Nature’s Mood Swings

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Kohler Generator…
Answering Mother Nature’s Mood Swings!

 
*Kohler has a Ph.D. in power.
In just 10 seconds, KOHLER generators can automatically power your AC, heat, sump pump and major appliances like your fridge and oven – all at the same time.
 
*They build them to outlast the outage.
Inside every KOHLER generator is a commercial-grade engine built to withstand extreme workloads over many years.
 
*They back them with a premium warranty.
You get KOHLER’s 5-year, 2,000-hour protection, PLUS a corrosion-proof enclosure that’s built to last.
 
*KOHLER Generators are trusted everywhere.
Hospitals, nuclear power plants and even the National Weather Service trust hard-working, long-lasting KOHLER generators.
 
*They eat, sleep and breathe quality.
KOHLER generators are meticulously quality-tested, start to finish. Once the design passes inspection, they are ready for production. Before they leave the factory, they are put through the paces one more time. The result is total reliability.
 
*KOHLER is over 90! And only getting better with age.
They built their first generator in 1920. Since then they’ve had one simple goal: build the best generators in the world.

 
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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Why A CO Detector Is Imperative!

 
Carbon Monoxide also known as the “Invisible Killer” is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
 
Marion family suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning
MARION, Ind. (WISH) – Marion Police Department were back on the 2900 block of South Boots Street on Monday. This visit comes after four people suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. It started with Beatrice Brewer, a 50-year-old grandmother, who arrived to Marion General Hospital with Carbon Monoxide poisoning in critical condition. Shortly afterward, Brewer’s two grandchildren and the babysitter reported to the hospital with the same symptoms. The grandchildren, an 8-month-old girl, and a 5-year-old boy, are listed in critical condition at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. The babysitter was treated at Marion General Hospital. She was treated and released.
 
Investigators searched the house for the source, and later determined the cause of the carbon monoxide poisoning was tied to a leaky furnace. According to police, the furnace was recently serviced.
24-Hour News 8, reached out to family members of the victims, but we were not able to establish contact at the time of this story.
 
Monday afternoon, Marion Chief Deputy Stephen Dorsey urged the public to get carbon monoxide detectors. “It can happen to anyone, it is very important you get the carbon monoxide detector in the home,” said Deputy Chief Stephen Dorsey. (http://wane.com/2016/04/26/marion-family-suffering-from-carbon-monoxide-poisoning/)
 
 
Click below for some more information –
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning FAQs
 
 

Electrical Safety This Summer Around Pools and Spas

 
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that since 1990, there have been 60 electrocutions and nearly 50 serious electrical shocks involving electrical hazards in and around swimming pools.
 
Pools and Spa Safety Tips
* All outdoor receptacles should be covered to keep them dry. This is especially important around pools, spas and other summer water activities.
* Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) for electrical devices used outside to help prevent electrocutions and electric shock injuries.
* Make sure all electrical equipment used for swimming pools (even the cleaning equipment) is grounded.
* Electrical devices and cords should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources such as pools and spas. When possible, use battery operated electrical devices outside.
* Never handle electrical devices when you are wet – either from water activities or from perspiration.
* Make sure there are no power lines over a swimming pool.
* Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
* To avoid electric shock drowning, have an electrician inspect and upgrade your pool, spa or hot tub in accordance with applicable local codes and the National Electrical Code® (NEC).

 
 

Don’t Overload Your Home

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.
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Overloaded circuit warning signs: Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights; Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses; Warm or discolored wall plates; Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles; Burning order coming from receptacles or wall switches; Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches.
How to prevent electrical overloads: Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances; All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time; A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets; Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet; The CPSC estimates more than 50% of electrical fires that occur every year can be prevented by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs). Only use the appropriate watt bulb for any lighting fixture, Using a larger watt light bulb may cause a fire.

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Using Extension Cords Properly

 
Roughly 3,300 home fires originate in extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring 270 more. Extension cords can overhead and cause fires when used improperly, so keep these important tips in mind to protect your home and workplace.
 
Useing Extension Cords Properly
Don’t attempt to plug extension cords into one another; Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the device being used; Keep all outdoor extension cords clear of snow and standing water; Do NOT overload extension cords; A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed where you need them; Inspect cords for damage before use. Check for cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections; Do NOT nail or staple extension cords to walls or baseboards; Do NOT run extension cords through walls, doorways, ceilings, or floors. If a cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which may result in a fire hazard; Never use three-prong plugs with outlets that only have two slots. Never cut off the ground pin to force a fit, which could lead to electric shock; Buy only cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory; Do NOT substitute extension cords for permanent wiring; Do NOT use an extension cord or power strip with heaters or fans, which could cause cords to overhead and result in a fire
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What is National Electrical Safety Month?

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. To commemorate National Electrical Safety Month, ESFI spearheads an annual campaign to educate key audiences about the steps that can be taken in order to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss. ESFI’s National Electrical Safety Month 2016 campaign features a comprehensive collection of new and updated resources to help facilitate an effective electrical safety awareness campaign for your community, organization, school, or family. Included is an extensive collection of useful fact sheets and related safety tips, plus templates and tools you can use to promote electrical safety and National Electrical Safety Month in your home, school, community, or workplace. We have even provided media outreach materials and social media content to further spread our life-saving campaign messages.
 
Raising awareness about electrical hazards is the key to reducing home electrical fires, injuries and death, which is why we developed ESFI’s 2016 National Electrical Safety Month Electrical Safety Advocate Guide. Together, we can reduce the number of electrically-related deaths and injuries – one home, one school, and one workplace at a time.
 
National Electrical Safety Month 2016 Campaign Overview
In celebration of Electrical Safety Month 2016, ESFI is excited to announce the launch of the third installment of its National Electrical Safety Month publication, Electrical Safety Illustrated. This year’s theme is “At Home and at Work: Make Electrical Safety Everyone’s Priority.” This magazine will inform readers about common electrical hazards present at home and in the workplace.
 
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