Holiday Decoration Safety Tips

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It’s that time of the year to outdo the neighbor’s decorations and put up enough lighting around your house to make Clark Griswold blush! Christmas decorations go as far back as the 1600s in Germany with the use of candles and became even more popular in the mid-1900s with the improvement of outdoor cables. But before you start on your merry way be sure to go through these safety tips first. Never plug in anything until you’ve followed these steps!

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You’ll Need an Austin Electrical Professional Before You Install a Walk-In Bathtub

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Homeowners rarely think ahead to the years when mobility will be a challenge. They might get a foretaste of those years when their elderly parents come to live with them. Thoughts take a different direction when homeowners consider chair lifts for the stairs and walk-in bathtubs for their parents. Not only must they contemplate the products, but they need to plan ahead for plumbers and electrical work professionals to install the necessary products. Let’s examine why an electrician would be necessary to install an acrylic walk-in bathtub.

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Electrical Safety in Austin TX

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May is National Electrical Safety Month. To mark this occasion, we’re providing our readers with a checklist of ideas you can use to help protect your family and property. Whether you reside here in the Austin TX area or somewhere else, these ideas can help you.  Electricity continues to be a safe and reliable form of energy that we use virtually every minute of every to make our lives easier. But it’s easy for us to take electricity for granted, and overlook the fact that it can be dangerous in not used properly. Be sure to check out the blog for another great article, Our Safety Inspections: A Point-By-Point Explanation. Here are some things you can do to better ensure a high level of electrical safety in your home:

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Our Safety Inspections: A Point-by-Point Explanation

We offer complimentary safety inspections with every service call.  They are done after your service is complete, taking approximately 15 minutes, and for no additional charge.  The points on the inspection are based on the current guidelines in the National Electrical Code, as well as common-sense pointers from our master electricians (with close to 70 years combined experience).

Safety is our top concern when servicing your home.  As codes and local ordinances change, we will help you keep updated on what the requirements are to ensure you are up-to-date.

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Is Your Home Up To Code?

When was the last time you checked to see if your home meets the minimum electrical code standards? Many central Texas homes don’t. The National Electrical Code (NEC) is a set of basic standards that ensure safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in the U.S.  It’s designed to prevent fires and electric shocks, to keep circuits from overloading, and more. The code is updated every three years so you can imagine that parts of your home’s electrical system may not meet the suggested safety standards.

Here are just a couple of improvements worth considering:

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Outlet Fires: What Causes Them And How To Prevent Them!

This photo is from a house in which 4 outlets caught fire and had 2 blown switches (click the image to full-size).  This was not an old house.  Some people think that because of the age of their home, they should be fine and everything should be in great working order.  In most cases you would be right, but that is not always the case.  

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Helping Keep Children Safe

At Jackson Electric Inc., we believe that customer service goes beyond solving electrical emergencies or providing expertise and electrical services. Children are precious and most people try to protect them. Many go to great lengths to child- and baby-proof their homes. With locking mechanisms on cabinets and doors, making sure they can not get to anything that may be hazardous, we fence off stairs, we put protective coverings over sharp corners and these are all wonderful steps to promote the safety of your child. But we can’t forget to take the correct steps on perhaps one of the most important aspects of child safety, and that issue is electricity.

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