Mr. Electric - smoke detectors http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/479 en Smoke Detectors: How to Explain Them to a 5-Year-Old http://www.33pulse.com/blog/smoke-detectors-how-to-explain-them-to-a-5-year-old <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Smoke Detectors: How to Explain Them to a 5-Year-Old</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-bloggraphicsmokedetectorsexplain.jpg?itok=O6sSA5nv" 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-bloggraphicsmokedetectorsexplain.jpg?itok=O6sSA5nv" 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">Tuesday, June 3, 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>Children are never too young to be educated about fire safety and smoke detectors. Informed children are far less likely to panic in the event of an emergency.</p> <h3>Teaching your children about smoke detectors is a terrific opportunity for them to learn about fire safety.</h3> <ol><li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>First, be sure to involve your children in changing batteries and testing the smoke detectors in your home.</strong> Explain the importance of caring for smoke detectors to ensure they work properly, letting your children hear what the alert sounds like so that they can recognize it in the event of a fire. Explain that when smoke detectors go off it is a warning sign. When they hear this noise they need to act quickly and exit your home.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Then, explain fire safety basics in a way that children can understand.</strong> <ul><li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>You cannot hide from a fire.</strong> Young children commonly try to hide from fire by seeking refuge in a closet or under a bed. Be certain to make it clear, especially to young children, you cannot hide from a fire. Make your children aware of every exit in your home and at least two ways out of every room in the event of a fire. ?Explain if they are afraid a friend or loved one is still inside, they should enlist the help of a firefighter or adult. Routinely practice fire drills and role play scenarios in different areas of your home to help strengthen the knowledge of safe exit strategies.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Crawl low to avoid smoke.</strong> Let children know if they see smoke, escaping on their hands and knees will allow them to breathe easier without choking and coughing.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>“Stop, drop, and roll.”</strong> Another great strategy for children to memorize, this simple action could save their lives if clothing catches fire and is fun to practice.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Safe and unsafe.</strong> Help children learn to differentiate between toys and unsafe items. Bikes and balls are safe. Matches, lighters, and power tools are not. Instill a “don’t touch” policy on these and unknown items.</li> </ul></li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Finally, help them retain this information with fun, engaging activities.?</strong> Using games, coloring books, role playing activities, and online apps really helps lessons stick, especially with small children. In addition, options like Chick-a-Dee smoke detectors offer a fun, less scary way to introduce young children to fire safety. Giving a birthday card (for mom and dad to write on the calendar later) with the installation of a smoke alarm also helps children to remember the importance of battery and smoke detector replacement.</li> </ol><h3>Don't miss out on these great online resources for children’s fire safety:</h3> <ul><li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Sparky.org?</strong> Featuring Sparky the firedog, this fire safety resource from the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) offers free printable teaching material for parents, safety lists and plans, cartoons, coloring and activity pages, crafts, online games, apps, and more.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Ready.gov</strong> The FEMA site offers parents a wide array of disaster preparedness materials, including fire safety information, checklists, and downloadable tools. For children, the site features a?home fire fact sheet for kids?with tips on being knowledgeable and prepared for home fires.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>FireSafeKid.org??</strong> The Burn Institute offers a fun, interactive website to teach kids about fire and burn prevention including family activities and fun events.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>FireFacts.org?</strong> Contains information for parents on educating children about fire safety and making the home fire safe, as well as games, coloring pages, and activities for kids.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 10px;"><strong>Arthur’s Fire Safety Tips??</strong> Made especially for kids, PBS’s Arthur offers important tips and tools about dealing with fire.</li> </ul><p>Need to <a href="http://www.www.33pulse.com/ResidentialServices/SafetyandSecurity/SmokeDetectors.aspx" target="_blank">add or replace smoke detectors</a> in your home? Contact Mr. Electric? today. Our professional technicians are dedicated to the safety of you and your family. ?</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/smoke-detectors-how-to-explain-them-to-a-5-year-old" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:58:01 +0000 Super User 4280 at http://www.33pulse.com Prevent Power Surges With A Whole House Surge Protector http://www.33pulse.com/blog/prevent-power-surges-with-a-whole-house-surge-protector <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Prevent Power Surges With A Whole House Surge Protector</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-bloggraphicpreventpowersurge.jpg?itok=nFs5-1Zi" 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-bloggraphicpreventpowersurge.jpg?itok=nFs5-1Zi" 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, June 2, 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><em>By Blake Daniel, Franchisee of Mr. Electric of West Fort Worth</em></p> <p>Whether it’s due to thunderstorms in the spring, ice storms in the winter, or blazing heat and power distribution regulation in the summer, the electricity supplied to your home can be unstable at times. This makes your home vulnerable to power surges.</p> <p>Preventing power?surge damage has traditionally been left to the consumer to guess what to do. Do you buy numerous surge protectors and power strips? Do you spend time running around the house during a lightning storm unplugging everything in sight, while putting yourself at risk for electrical shock? Or, do you rely on your homeowner’s insurance policy to cover any power surge losses that may occur?</p> <p>Now there is no need to worry, you can protect your investments by preventing power surge damage with a Whole House Panel Surge Protector, the heart of industrial protection for your home. There are?features not seen in the marketplace until now, creating a main zone of protection and acts as your first line of defense while stopping power surges before they can enter the house through the transmission lines.</p> <p>As the main line of defense, a?Whole House Panel Surge Protector prevents high-energy power surges from ever entering into your home and protects your electrical panel,?motor-driven, and other AC-powered appliances in your home against power surge damage.</p> <p>While this is not a one-unit, full coverage surge protector, as there are many ways in which you can receive a surge, you can be confident that your electrical panel and most electrical items in your house are covered. If you would like more information on how to protect your house from power surges, ask your local Mr. Electric service professional.</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/prevent-power-surges-with-a-whole-house-surge-protector" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:58:01 +0000 Super User 4281 at http://www.33pulse.com Smoke Detectors: 10 Signs to Invest http://www.33pulse.com/blog/smoke-detectors-10-signs-to-invest <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Smoke Detectors: 10 Signs to Invest</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-bloggraphicsmokedetectors_0.jpg?itok=DgpE5Axk" 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-bloggraphicsmokedetectors_0.jpg?itok=DgpE5Axk" 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">Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12:00am</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>Are you living on the edge when it comes to fire safety in your home? You need more than a keen eye and a sharp nose to act quickly and avoid a?<em>Three Stooges</em>?re-enactment in the event of a fire in your home. With the help of smoke detectors, you can avoid any unnecessary antics, reduce fire risks, and increase your response time.</p> <p><strong>Do you need to invest in smoke detectors? Look for these 10 signs:</strong></p> <ol><li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>Your home predates electricity.</strong> Okay, we know your home isn’t that old, but seriously, older homes are more prone to electrical issues and being far from today’s stringent code requirements (LINK MAIN SITE/CODE UPDATES), which are updated every three years. If you live in an older home, smoke detectors are essential for fire safety.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>You’re still using the original appliances that were installed in your home in 1962.</strong> Old appliances wear out and malfunction over time, possibly resulting in fire. Whether you are ready to upgrade to energy efficient appliances (LINK) or not, invest in smoke detectors today to protect your home and its inhabitants.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>You like to DIY.</strong> Employing DIY skills can be a great way to save money, but even the most avid DIY-ers make mistakes. Ignorance is not bliss. Whether you are wet-behind-the-ears or well-seasoned DIY-er, install smoke detectors to ensure any mistakes you make don’t create more problems than you intended to fix.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>You are in the middle of a major renovation.</strong> Stuff happens, especially in the process of a major renovation. Items can be improperly wired or installed, wires can be cut or exposed, and safety procedures overlooked that could easily result in fire.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>You are ignorant of advances in smoke detector technology.</strong> Smoke detectors with photoelectric and ionization sensors each detect different kinds of fire. Photoelectric detectors are more sensitive to smoldering flames, while ionization alarms are more responsive to flaming fires. Install multiple smoke detectors or a combination alarm for maximum protection.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>You can’t remember the last time you changed the batteries.</strong> If you can’t remember the last time the batteries on your smoke detectors were replaced – or worse – they have corroded into the receptacles, address the situation promptly. Batteries should be replaced at least once each year.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>Your detector failed the test.</strong> Smoke alarms should be tested once per month for reliability. Even if batteries are new, when detectors don’t pass the recommended monthly maintenance test, replace them. Just because they use 10 year lithium batteries doesn’t mean issues can’t occur.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>Your current smoke detectors are so old they predate time…</strong> Or at least today’s manufacturing standards. If your smoke detector doesn’t have a date on it, it’s over 10 years old and is screaming for retirement. Expired smoke detectors are not reliable, even if they appear to still work. Replace expired smoke detectors promptly. Expiration dates may be located inside the alarm next to the battery, or stamped on the back of the alarm.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>Your smoke detector is chirping incessantly.?</strong> If you’ve changed the batteries on your detector and you are consider an all-purpose tool such as a hammer to silence it, chances are it is either malfunctioning or old enough to warrant replacement. According to FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration, replacement is recommended every 8-10 years.</li> <li style="padding-bottom: 15px;"><strong>You don’t own one.</strong> Every year more than 3,400 Americans die in fires and over 17,000 are injured, most of which occur in the home. Investing in a smoke detector for your home is a fire safety no-brainer, and an inexpensive investment in peace of mind and safety.</li> </ol><p>Don’t be a stooge. Stay on top of fire safety for the protection of your family and home. Contact Mr. Electric? today for the rapid installation of working smoke detectors on every level of your home.</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/smoke-detectors-10-signs-to-invest" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Fri, 09 May 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Super User 4285 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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