|Posted on 5 March, 2017 at 0:45||comments (0)|
Unlike a power strip with surge protection capabilities, a whole-house surge protector is not a point-of-use device. It is not something that you’ll handle directly, plugging it into the wall, nor is it something that you will plug other electronics into. Instead, a whole-house surge protector is wired directly into the electrical panel that regulates the distribution of electricity throughout your home. When there is a power surge, for whatever reason, the surge protector will deal with it before that power surge even makes its way onto any of your circuits.
Even when compared with the best point-of-use surge protectors, whole-house surge protection systems are enormously more beneficial. First of all, they protect your whole house. This means that you don’t have to pick and choose which devices are protected by your surge protectors. Also, they will cover large appliances, such as your HVAC systems, which would not generally be plugged into a surge protector. They can handle much larger power surges, including those cause by lighting strikes, and will protect you from power surges making their way into your home through various inlets, including landlines. This is not the same level of protection that smaller power strips can offer. Contact us for more details.
|Posted on 14 January, 2017 at 0:15||comments (0)|
A national recall has been issued for 1.5 million Kidde smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarms in Canada because they may not chirp in the case of an emergency.
The recall applies to two Kidde NightHawk models that are hard-wired into a home's electricity and were manufactured between June 2004 and March 2011. The affected models are:
KN-COSM-IBCA, which has a battery backup
KN-COSM-ICA, which doesn't have a battery backup
The issue is the alarm may no longer chirp in the model with battery backup even after the original batteries have been replaced. In the case of the model without battery backup, the chirp may not work if power is removed and then restored.
"This could lead consumers to believe it is still working, which poses a risk to consumers not being alerted to a fire or carbon monoxide incident in their home," said the Health Canada recall notice.
In Canada, there haven't been any reported incidents, according to Health Canada, but there have been eight in the U.S., where 3.6 million units of the models have been sold. Health Canada did not detail in its recall notice the nature of those incidents, but said there have been no injuries.
The alarms are white, round and measure about 13 to 15 centimetres in diameter. The word Kidde is both on the front and back of the devices, while the manufacturing date is on the back and can be thought of as being in the three or four o'clock spot of a traditional clock.
People with the recalled alarms should stop using them and can contact Kidde for a free replacement or a discount on a new alarm.
Kidde Canada can be contacted at 1-888-784-2323 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday to Friday, or through itshttps://inmarmarketaction.com/kidde217/kidde-ca-entry/" target="_blank"> website.
|Posted on 26 February, 2016 at 22:55||comments (0)|
Once upon a time, when you turned off an appliance, it was off. Now many appliances (especially ones with remote controls, clocks or microprocessors) are designed with 'standby' features, which means they're ready for action at a moment's notice. It also means they're constantly drawing electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Every year, US consumers waste an estimated $4 billion on these phantom loads, which amounts to about 5 percent of the country's total electricity load, according to a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
If you're serious about conserving energy, find those phantoms, which include computers, TVs and other appliances with plug-in wall cubes, remote-controls or clock displays.
Use these four tips to zap phantom loads at your house and reduce global carbon emissions:
1. Use power strips (available at hardware and discount stores) that let you unplug several appliances by flipping a single switch. This is especially important for TVs, VCRs, microwaves and computers, which are the worst culprits.
2. Unplug appliances when you're not using them.
3. Plug the offending appliances into sockets controlled by a wall switch.
4. Use clocks powered by rechargeable batteries.
5. When buying new appliances, choose models with the lowest standby power consumption.
You'll save on energy bills and help save the planet when you banish these furtive phantoms from your home.
|Posted on 9 February, 2016 at 23:35||comments (0)|
Download the Service Alberta Consumer tips PDF file here.
|Posted on 9 February, 2016 at 15:40||comments (0)|
Home Safety Checklist ( Download Here)
Protect your family from fire and other electrical hazards by using this complimentary short checklist below.
1. CHECK THE WATTAGE OF ALL BULBS IN YOUR LIGHTS.
*Are the bulbs the appropriate wattage for the size of fixtures? A bulb of too high wattage may
lead to fire through overheating.
2. CHECK ALL LAMP CORDS AND EXTENSION CORDS
*Are cords placed out of the walking areas and free of furniture resting on them? Tripping hazard
may result. Also, stepping on cords or placing furniture on them can cause damage and create
*Are cords in good condition (not damaged or cracked)? Shock or fire hazards can result from damaged
cords. Do not attempt to repair cords yourself. Take any item with a damaged power cord to an authorized
repair center, call us or safely dispose of the item and purchase a new one.
*Are cords unwrapped? Tightly wrapped cords can lead to overheating.
*Are all extension cords being used only on a temporary basis? Extension cords are not safe as permanent
house wiring. Have receptacles installed where they are needed.
3.CHECK ALL WALL OUTLETS AND SWITCHES
*Are all outlets and switches working properly? Improperly operating outlets or switches indicate that
an unsafe wiring condition may exist.
*Are all outlets and switches cool to touch? Unusually warm outlets or switches may indicate an unsafe
wiring condition exists.
*Do you hear crackling, sizzling, or buzzing from your outlets? Give us a call to identify the cause.
*Are all outlet and switch cover plates in good condition? Replace any missing, cracked or broken
4. CHECK ALL COUNTER TOP APPLIANCES
*Are all appliance cords placed away from hot surfaces? Pay particular attention to cords around toasters,
ovens, and ranges. Cords can be damaged by excess heat.
*Are all appliances located away from the sink? Electrical appliances can cause a shock if they come in
contact with water. Plug kitchen appliances into GFCI protected outlets.
5. CHECK ALL LARGE APPLIANCES
*Have you ever received even a slight shock (other than one from static electricity) from any appliances?
Do not touch the appliance until it has been checked by an electrician.
*Is there excessive vibration or movement when the washer or dryer is operating? Movement during
operation can put undue stress on electrical connections.
6. CHECK FOR TAMPER RESISTANT (TR) OUTLETS
* Canadian Electrical Code requires temper resistant outlets to be installed throughout your home.
(Certain exclusions apply) If you have small children it is recommended to have TR outlets installed if
your home was built prior to this code requirement.
7. CHECK FOR THE PRESENCE AND PROPER PLACEMENT OF SMOKE/CO ALARMS AND TEST
EACH ONE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH.
*Smoke/CO alarms should be located on every level of home, inside each bedroom, or outside each sleeping area.
(Certain Code requirements apply)
8. CHECK FOR GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS (GFCIs)
*Are the bathroom outlets protected by GFCIs? GFCIs should be installed in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas
where the risk of electric shock is high.
*If you have any GFCIs, do you test them regularly? GFCIs must be operating properly to protect against electrocution.
Test your GFCIs at least once a week.
9. CHECK YOUR BREAKER BOX
*Is your fuse box or circuit breaker box appropriately labeled? Labeling helps easily identify what circuits power each room.
*Does everyone of appropriate age know where the fuse box or circuit breaker box is located and how to turn off and
restore power to home?
*Are you regularly resetting tripped circuit breakers? Circuit breakers that are constantly tripping indicate that the circuit is
overloaded or that other electrical hazards exist. Consult a qualified, licenced electrician.
*Is your home protected by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)? AFCIs are devices that replace standard circuit breakers
in the electrical service panel and that greatly reduce the risk of home electrical fires. If you are interested in having AFCI
protection added to your home, consult GMO Electrical Services.
10. SAFETY FIRST
*This list is provided for your convenience to be able to identify some electrical hazards that may exist in your home.
As this list does not or intended to cover all possible hazards, if at any time you are in doubt, please give us a call
we will be glad to help. Consultations and estimates are always free of charge!
|Posted on 1 February, 2016 at 23:05||comments (0)|
|Posted on 1 February, 2016 at 23:00||comments (0)|
Check that all electrical appliances have recognized approval marks to ensure they meet the electrical safety requirements. Sample of these approval marks can be found here.
|Posted on 1 February, 2016 at 22:50||comments (0)|