Mr. Electric - holiday lights http://www.33pulse.com/taxonomy/term/536 en Holiday Décor Safety and Storage Tips http://www.33pulse.com/blog/holiday-decor-safety-and-storage-tips <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Holiday Décor Safety and Storage Tips </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-bloggraphiclightingtakedown-rev_0.jpg?itok=kgyrlG_t" 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-bloggraphiclightingtakedown-rev_0.jpg?itok=kgyrlG_t" 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">Mary Beth Farrell</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, January 2, 2015 - 3:20pm</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>Christmas has come and gone, and the New Year has arrived. Mr. Electric wishes all of our customers a happy and healthy 2015! In efforts to promote safety and peace of mind for you and your family, we have a few tips to keep in mind when you’re taking down all your holiday décor this weekend.</p> <h2>Ladders</h2> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.cpsc.gov">U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)</a>, hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people for injuries, such as falls, cuts and shocks, related to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees. Around 5,800 people per year were treated in hospital emergency rooms for falls associated with holiday decorations, according to <a href="http://www.esfi.org/index.cfm/page/Decorating-Statistics/pid/12264">Electrical Safety Foundation International</a>. Falls from ladders or roofs account for more than half of these injuries.</p> <p>When using ladders, CSPSC tells us to keep these things in mind:</p> <ul><li>Select a ladder that extends at least 3 feet over the working surface. Place it on solid, level ground. Be sure it has slip-resistant feet. It should stand upright at a 75-degree angle.</li> <li>Never use a metal ladder near power lines or electrical equipment, and always keep away from live electric wire.</li> <li>Make sure the ladder is able to support your weight and the rung locks and spreader braces are set.</li> <li>Have someone hold the bottom while you climb up. Allow only one person on the ladder at a time.</li> <li>Follow the warning labels and only use the ladder for its intended purpose. Immediately put it away after use.</li> </ul><h2>Lights</h2> <p>Be aware of where all the electrical cords are and make sure children know not to touch them. The<a href="http://www.cpsc.gov"> CPSC</a> estimates that each year, about 4,000 injuries associated with electric extension cords are treated in hospital emergency rooms. Of those injuries, 13 percent involve children less than five years of age, and electrical burns to the mouth accounted for 50 percent of the injuries to young children.</p> <p>When taking down your lights, always be cautious and unplug them the correct way. Never tug or pull the lights, as they could unravel and unintentionally wrap around power lines. Let the lights cool off before packing. It’s also important to never leave lights unattended with children around.</p> <p>There are many products available to help keep your Christmas décor in tip-top shape for next year. To ensure your strings of lights don’t tangle, you can purchase a <a href="https://www.google.com/#q=Christmas+lights+storage+reel+">Christmas lights storage reel</a> or a <a href="https://www.google.com/#q=light+cord+wrap+">light cord wrap</a> online or at the nearest hardware store. For a DIY approach, empty coffee cans are also able to the trick.</p> <h2>Ornaments and Displays</h2> <p>Take special care to always keep smaller or breakable ornaments and display pieces out of reach of children. When dealing with spun glass “angel hair,” wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation.</p> <p>Reusing containers such as an empty egg carton or wine box is a great way to store ornaments and reduce waste and extra cost. There are also numerous <a href="https://www.google.com/#q=christmas+ornament+storage">ornament storage boxes</a> available as well. Group and pack displays together to prevent lost pieces and for easy access next year. For artificial Christmas tree storage, you can use a Christmas tree duffle bag to neatly store your tree. Using the box it came in is always a good idea, too.</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/holiday-decor-safety-and-storage-tips" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Fri, 02 Jan 2015 21:20:31 +0000 Mary Beth Farrell 5447 at http://www.33pulse.com Gadgets for Holiday Lights http://www.33pulse.com/blog/gadgets-for-holiday-lights <div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><h2>Gadgets for Holiday Lights</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-bloggraphicholidaylights.jpg?itok=5Dc8e0Pm" 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-bloggraphicholidaylights.jpg?itok=5Dc8e0Pm" 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">Mary Beth Farrell</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">Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 10:51am</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>This winter, Mr. Electric<sup>?</sup> wants to help you power your tomorrow by choosing the best holiday lighting gadgets. We searched all around to find you the top four lights and tools for your home displays!</p> <h2>ALEKO? Solar Powered Christmas Lights String Light 50 LED White</h2> <p>This is a great way to light your outdoors without using energy and without using an outlet. The sun will charge the lights during the day and will turn on automatically when the sun sets. Each package contains 50 lights over 23 feet, making this an affordable alternative to outdoor lighting.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/ALEKO%C2%AE-Powered-Christmas-Lights-String/dp/B004FTT3LY/ref=sr_1_4?s=hi&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1416844175&amp;sr=1-4&amp;keywords=solar+christmas+lights">Solar Powered Light Strings</a></p> <h2>Tork 601A - Outdoor Timer</h2> <p>This is a durable and heavy duty timer that helps you control your holiday lights.? It has one grounded outlet and a manual ON/OFF switch. This comes with an 18-inch cord and grounded plug to make it a durable timer that’s a safe choice to use on Christmas lights, landscape lighting or fountains.</p> <p>Source: <a href="https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/8414/TORK-601A.html">Outdoor Timer</a></p> <h2>Philips - Friends of Hue 120-Lumen, 12W LightStrip Luminaire, 15W Equivalent</h2> <p>These LED light strips are designed to be versatile. You can cut or bend them to fit your custom displays. The hue app allows you to change your light colors and turn ON/OFF all from your mobile device or tablet. We also love the efficiency of these lights and have a good feeling more and more people will began using these, instead of the traditional lights, in the future.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/philips-friends-of-hue-120-lumen-12w-lightstrip-luminaire-15w-equivalent/3285911.p?id=1219090033410&amp;skuId=3285911&amp;ref=06&amp;loc=01&amp;ci_src=14110944&amp;ci_sku=3285911&amp;extensionType=pla_multichannel:g&amp;s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!89193758711!g!!49454670791&amp;kpid=3285911&amp;k_clickid=09b68ba6-68de-b4a9-8367-00000f00efc0&amp;kpid=3285911&amp;lsft=ref:212,loc:1&amp;ksid=09b68ba6-68de-b4a9-8367-00000f00efc0&amp;ksprof_id=401&amp;ksaffcode=6167&amp;ksdevice=c&amp;gclid=CjwKEAiAy8ujBRCY6c-hveijhFASJAAcyGicOOB76APnGzkDBK3Ww-1nLlVyNSqVzgBzK">LED Light Strips</a></p> <h2>Light Keeper Pro-The Complete Tool For Fixing Your Christmas Lights</h2> <p>The Light Keeper Pro is a small hand-held tool capable of fixing mini light sets, icicle and net light sets, yard decorations, pre-lit trees and wreaths. Simply plug in your light set and press the trigger to repair most of your lighting problems.</p> <p>Source: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Keeper-Pro-The-Complete-Fixing-Christmas/dp/B002DGM9V2">Light Keeper Pro</a></p> <p>Show off your holiday light displays by tagging us in them on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MrElectricFan">Facebook page</a>. Don’t forget – if you need some holiday lighting help, you can give us a call and we will set up and take down for you!</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/gadgets-for-holiday-lights" class="">Read more</a></div></div></div> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:51:04 +0000 Mary Beth Farrell 5415 at http://www.33pulse.com

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