Mr. Electric - backup generators http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/474 en Backup Generator: 10 Situations You’ll Need To Know About http://www.33pulse.com/blog/backup-generator-10-situations-youll-need-know-about <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Backup Generator: 10 Situations You’ll Need To Know About</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicgenerators.jpg?itok=XBmhzOqB" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="10 Times you&#039;ll Need to Know About Backup Generators" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicgenerators.jpg?itok=XBmhzOqB" width="3058" height="1496" alt="10 Times you&#039;ll Need to Know About Backup Generators" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Friday, June 13, 2014 - 8:35am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>In today’s day and age, we rely on electronics for everything. Do you have a plan to deal with the fallout if the grid goes down due to accidents, weather, or other occurrences? A backup generator can help get you through these difficult times, keeping water flowing and well pumps running, powering sump pumps to protect your property from flooding, keeping food in refrigerators safe, providing fans, air conditioning or heating for protection from weather, and more.</p> <p><strong>Installing a backup generator can help you safely and effectively deal with the following situations:</strong></p> <ol><li><strong>Hurricanes and tornadoes.</strong> Because of the sheer devastation that often results from hurricanes and tornadoes, communities can be left without power for extended periods of time as electrical crews struggle to repair and rebuild grids around debris.</li> <li><strong>Lightning</strong> Lightning frequently results in power outages during storms by striking electrical equipment or trees, knocking them onto lines and poles. Though fuses and lightning arrestors are used to help contain damage, it can still take the utility company a long time to locate and address equipment in need of repairs.</li> <li><strong>Winter storms.</strong> Snow and ice can build up on power lines, causing them to snap. In some cases, it can even become heavy enough to break poles. Snow and ice buildup can effect tree limbs as well, taking out power lines when limbs can no longer support the weight. In times like this, a backup generator offers lifesaving power for heat and electric blankets to keep your family warm.</li> <li><strong>Wind.</strong> Wind can break tree limbs or repeatedly rub them up against power lines, causing them to break. If strong wind storms are common in your area, a backup generator is a worthy investment.</li> <li><strong>Earthquakes.</strong> Lengthy power outages result from the extensive damages done to buildings and infrastructure following earthquakes, such as occurred in Hawaii’s 2006 earthquake on Maui and the Big Island. A backup generator is an essential tool in preparing for these lengthy outages, putting your family in the best possible position to maintain itself through restoration efforts.</li> <li><strong>Floods.</strong> Flooding from rainstorms or melting snow can damage both aboveground and underground electrical equipment, causing outages. To make matters worse, it is often necessary to shut down additional power equipment to prevent damage from worsening, and flooding typically makes access to effected areas difficult for maintenance crews, prolonging outages. Investing in a backup generator is a great way to be prepared for what is a regular occurrence in some areas.</li> <li><strong>Blackouts.</strong> Blackouts occur when the need for power far outweighs the power company’s ability to meet demand, and in today’s electronics-filled world, this is becoming increasingly common. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security has identified utilities as a possible terrorist target. Installing a portable generator in your home offers comfort and protection in the event of a blackout.</li> <li><strong>The aging of the electrical system.</strong> Older overhead power lines wear out over time due to weather, insect and animal damage, and more. Complicating matters, updating the power system by relocating power lines underground where they are less exposed is extremely costly. Though power companies attempt to prevent outages with ongoing maintenance, equipment failure still causes a small number of power outages.</li> <li><strong>Auto accidents.</strong> Auto accidents frequently result in power loss when cars knock over or otherwise damage utility poles. Backup generators can help you maintain essentials until the utility company can access and repair damaged poles and lines following an accident.</li> <li><strong>Animals.</strong> Small animals can cause power outages when they climb on power lines and equipment, and surprisingly enough are second only to severe weather as a leading cause of power loss.</li> </ol><p>Do you know how to safely install and operate your backup generator? Contact Mr. Electric? today. Our professional technicians have the knowledge and skills to get your generator – and you - prepared for all life has to throw you way.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/backup-generator-10-situations-youll-need-know-about" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:35:46 +0000 Super User 4278 at http://www.33pulse.com Peace of Mind in the Summertime http://www.33pulse.com/blog/peace-of-mind-in-the-summertime <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Peace of Mind in the Summertime</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-image field-type-image field-label-hidden image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img class="img-responsive" data-echo="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicsummertime.jpg?itok=tAhmdyVd" data-icon="/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/loader/loader-7.gif" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/profiles/dwyer/modules/contrib/lazyloader/image_placeholder.gif" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /><noscript><img class="img-responsive" src="https://d37g4ob56wd8h0.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/styles/600x300/public/content/blog/images/me-bloggraphicsummertime.jpg?itok=tAhmdyVd" width="3058" height="1496" alt="" /></noscript></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Super User</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, May 5, 2014 - 11:58am</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden body"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>By Kellie Pearson</p> <p>Pack away sweaters and scarfs and break out the floaties and flip flops – summer is here! Whether your ideal seasonal activity is tanning poolside or spiking a volleyball along a sandy seashore, there’s no doubt summertime offers a lot of fun. ?However, it can present many safety concerns for homeowners. Here are a few reminders from Mr. Electric? to give you and your family peace of mind this summer.</p> <h3>Prepare for an Emergency</h3> <p>With the summer sun shining bright, the warm, moist air provides optimal fuel for hurricanes to form.? Are you and your family prepared? In the case of a power outage, you’ll want to have a generator handy.? If you’re unsure of the amount of power that will be needed for a generator in your home, ask Mr. Electric to determine that for you. If your house draws more power than the generator can produce, then you may blow a fuse on the generator or damage the connected equipment. A generator should only be operated outdoors in an area with unobstructed air flow and ventilation. Even if the garage door is open to the exterior, carbon monoxide can still build up to toxic levels. Placing carbon monoxide detectors near all the bedrooms of your home will alert you and your family when there is a risk of being poisoned.</p> <h3>Plan for a Power Surge</h3> <p>Because of extreme heat and electrical charge in the air, lighting storms are also common during this season. In the case of a power surge, a good preventive option is to install a whole home surge protection system if you want to protect devices plugged into outlets anywhere in the home.</p> <h3>Test your Smoke Alarms</h3> <p>Fun events like rocking out by bonfires and shooting off Fourth of July fireworks present great opportunity to remind ourselves of fire safety. ?When is the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your house? This should be done monthly, and the batteries should be changed yearly (except for lithium batteries). Educate yourself on the two different kinds of alarms, and determine which is best featured for your home. USFA every residence be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms. Find other tips and reminders like these on our website, at <a href="http://www.33pulse.com/helpful-resources">http://www.33pulse.com/helpful-resources</a>.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-node-link field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/blog/peace-of-mind-in-the-summertime" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Mon, 05 May 2014 16:58:01 +0000 Super User 4287 at http://www.33pulse.com

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