COMMERCIAL ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS

Cook Electric has electrical crews who specialize in commercial electrical services.

RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS

We perform residential electrical installations of all kinds.

ELECTRICAL SERVICE & REPAIR

Electrical services and repair work can be handled rapidly through our service department.

SPECIALTY ELECTRIC SERVICES

Cook Electric can provide expert advice, estimates and installation on a variety of specialties.

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Welcome to Cook Electric

Established in 1988, Cook Electric has grown to become a leader in all aspects of electrical contracting. We have developed a reputation throughout Central Maryland for fast, dependable service at a fair price. Our satisfied customers include builders, developers, realtors, bankers, landlords, restaurant owner, stores, offices and homeowners. We are professionals at providing information on lighting, generators, code issues and electrical safety. All this plus competitively priced estimates – FREE!

WHY CHOOSE US?

We are glad you asked!

About employing people who not only have the knowledge and skills, but are
polite and respectful.

We work hard to maintain our schedules, and to show up on the job within the
promised time frame.

By attending trade shows and electrical code classes as well as safety meetings.

We have a fleet of fully equipped trucks and well-trained employees, ready to service your electrical needs.

OUR SERVICE AREA

Providing Professional Electricians Since 1988

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Cook Electric Provides Electrical Repair Service to the Following Areas:

  • Annapolis, MD
  • Anne Arundel County, MD
  • Crofton, MD
  • Edgewater, MD
  • Glen Burnie, MD
  • Kent Island, MD
  • Severna Park, MD
  • Stevensville, MD

ELECTRIFYING IDEAS

Weekly articles about news, trends and ideas

Feb 2019
18th Feb 2019

Requirements for Your Company’s Exit Signs and Emergency Lighting – Part 1


Along with several other organizations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) governs emergency lighting and exit sign requirements. Companies must also comply with the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). The AHJ is the organization in charge of monitoring and enforcing local building codes and fire codes, which may be unique for each city.









Definitions





OSHA’s 29 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 1910.34(c) requires that every exit route must be a “continuous and unobstructed path of exit travel from any point within a workplace to a place of safety.” This requirement applies to all vertical and horizontal areas along the route, and are made up of the three components below.





Exit Access – The section of an exit route that leads to an exit.





Exit – The part of an exit route, aside from other areas, that provides a protected avenue of travel to where the exit discharges.





Exit Discharge – The portion of the exit route leading straight to a sidewalk, street, walkway, public way, refuge area, or open space that has access to the outside of a building.





CFR 1910.37(b) covers OSHA’s requirements for lighting and marking exit routes. It mandates that every exit route must adequately lit, allowing employees with normal vision to see along the exit route. In addition, every exit is required to be clearly visible and marked by an “EXIT” sign with plainly legible letters. Other requirements are summarized below.





• An exit route door is required to be free of signs or decorations that can obscure or conceal its visibility.





• If the direction of travel for the exit or exit discharge is not immediately clear, then always visible signs must be posted to indicate the way.





• A passage or doorway along the exit access must have a “Not an Exit” sign or marked by a sign stating its actual use.





• Every exit sign must be lit for a surface value of a minimum of 5 foot candles by a dependable and distinctively colored source of light.





Part 2 will cover Emergency Lighting Requirements.





Electrical Peace of Mind





Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.


10th Feb 2019

Planning Your Home’s Electrical Upgrade


Today’s homeowners have much greater electrical requirements than homeowners of previous generations. Unfortunately, they may have older homes that have outdated electrical wiring that is incapable of powering today’s modern devices. Prior to hiring a licensed electrician for a wiring project, it would be wise to first spend time considering which rooms need improvements and what the scope of the work will be.









How to Plan an Electrical
Upgrade





The addition of another outlet in a bathroom for a blow
dryer should not present a big problem. However, an electrical wiring project
of a considerable size will significantly increase the load of a home’s main
electrical service. Experts estimate that in almost 25% of houses, an upgrade
of the electrical service will be required to allow the installation of additional
wiring.





The best approach is ensuring there will be adequate
electrical power for both present and future requirements. During your
consultation with a licensed electrician, consider not only what appliances and
devices need power today, but also think about the numerous additions that may
come in the future that will also need power. You need to also keep in mind any
possible additions to your home, which will require additional power.





Getting Your Home to
Standard





If you own an older home, performing an electrical upgrade may be required as a safety precaution. When its wires were installed during construction several decades ago, the electrical requirements of an average household were much less. Older homes were often service rated for 60 amps or even less. The standard now is 200 amps. In addition, older houses typically did not have their outlets grounded. They also do not have an adequate amount of outlets for powering devices that will meet the needs of a modern home.





Consequently, adapters for three-pronged devices, power
strips, and extension cords are increasingly being used to compensate.
Unfortunately, overuse and/or misuse of these can result in a deadly fire
hazard. The addition of electrical outlets not only makes life more convenient,
but it will also promote safety.





Electrical Peace of
Mind





Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you. 0


1st Feb 2019

Basics of Bringing Your House Up to Code


Although building codes seem intended only to make projects more difficult, they actually promote safety. Similar to how poor drainage can result in expensive flooding damage to an entire property, taking shortcuts in electrical wiring may result in losing your home from an electrical fire.









If you’ve just bought a home, are attempting to sell your current home, or you have doubts about how safe your house is electrically, it would be wise to bring your home up to electrical code.





Focus on Two Critical Areas





Many electricians think focusing on two critical areas is the best approach for bringing a home up to code. Both of these areas involve heavy electrical use and have the potential to be hazardous. They are the kitchen and bathroom which get heavy use and involve exposure to water.





Moisture can eventually cause the corrosion of wires and outlets in bathrooms, leading to electrical shock that causes injury or death. Regarding the kitchen, it contains the biggest appliances in the home which consume the most electricity and present the greatest dangers if used improperly. It is crucial to ensure a kitchen’s outlets are grounded and safe. Otherwise, a serious electrical accident can cause a fatality.





Below are three aspects of a home’s electrical system that should be checked by a licensed electrician during an inspection. Work with a professional who is experienced and highly rated for customer service to get the best results in bringing your home up to code.





• Electrical Panel – It may have been augmented or upgraded since your home was built. Unfortunately, the work may have not been performed properly, resulting in electrical problems that affect the entire home.





• Home Remodels – The addition of rooms after the original construction can result in a number of electrical issues if new wiring was mishandled. New wires should be properly installed on circuits and the electrical panel.





• Wiring – Aluminum wiring was often used in older homes, and it should be replaced to improve safety.





Electrical Peace of Mind





Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.


Jan 2019
22nd Jan 2019

Four Electrical Safety Tips for Dock Owners


Even during the colder winter months, electrical safety should still be a priority for dock owners in the Mid-Atlantic region because many enjoy boating year round. Safety should also be important at family vacation homes. The following will discuss four electrical safety tips for docks to ensure the protection of both boaters and visitors.









1) Bonding Jumpers





Linking all metallic portions of a dock to a ground rod located ashore, bonding jumpers help ensure safety. If a dock is grounded properly using this method, an electrical charge on it will activate the GFCI and immediately cut electricity. Teaming these two safety devices will help make sure everyone on the dock is safe.





2) GFCIs Mandatory





For dock owners, installing GFCIs (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) are a must to ensure safety. Neglecting installing a GFCI on every electrical receptacle puts everyone at risk of electrical accidents that may lead to serious injury or fatality.





For the prevention of these accidents, the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC), as set forth by articles 533 and 555, mandates that every dock must be equipped with GFCIs. In the event of defective electrical equipment or wiring, these fast-acting circuit breakers will activate within 1/40th of a second to shut off electrical current and ensure safety.





3) Professional Installations





Allow professionals to handle the installation for every electrical job on your dock. The risk is too great not using a skilled licensed electrician. Electricity is a great resource and a hazard at the same time. If there was even a minor error during the installation of an electrical device, it can lead to electrical shock resulting in injury or death. Using an experienced electrical contractor will give you peace of mind.





4) Regularly Scheduled Inspections





Tests should be performed once every month by a professional to ensure that every dock GFCI is functional and will work as expected to provide protection. In addition, schedule a licensed electrician who is experienced in working on marinas and piers to perform an inspection of your dock’s electrical system annually.





Electrical Peace of Mind





Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.


18th Jan 2019

Watch Out for Three Electrical Hazards this Winter


Maintaining and upgrading your home’s electrical wiring is crucial for safety, and this is clearly more the case during the colder months when people spend more time indoors. The following discusses three electrical hazards that you should be aware of during winter. Remember to work with an experienced licensed electrician for any type of electrical work in your home for safety and the best results.









1) Exposed Wires





The falls and winters of Maryland, especially for those who live near the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, can get rough. When there is harsh weather filled with sleet, ice, and snow, it is wise to ensure that every exposed exterior electrical wire is in good shape and functioning properly. Outdoor electrical outlets and wires can get damaged in a short time by the elements. Ensure that they will last the whole winter by checking that they are insulated properly.





2) Frayed Wiring





Perhaps the most common wiring hazard, fraying or frayed wires may not be spotted before they cause a fire. These faulty wires are capable of generating sparks that result in very dangerous electrical fires. What can help prevent this deadly hazard is scheduling annual safety inspections by a licensed electrician. Homeowners can play their part by checking the wires and plugs of all appliances. Space heaters, which are used most often during the winter, should get special attention.





3) Overloading Circuits





Many people like installing additional lighting to brighten their homes during shorter and darker winter days. Unfortunately, this may lead to overloading electrical circuits. Older houses are especially vulnerable because their electrical capacities are incapable of handling the extra load. In order to prevent blown circuits, power loss, and other issues, consider upgrading your electrical panel and installing additional wall outlets. Your home will be safer and now able to handle modern electrical demands.





Electrical Peace of Mind





Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs, including:





•Commercial & Residential Electrical Installations

•Marina & Residential Pier Wiring

•Electrical Service & Repair

•Specialty Electrical Services





For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.


OUR SPECIALIZED SERVICES

Here are some additional specialized services that we provide.

COMMERCIAL NETWORK CABLING

We install commercial and residential Cat5e, Cat6 and fiber cabling to provide data connectivity within your office or home. All projects are fully tested for continuity and come with a long warranty.

ENERGY EFFICIENT SYSTEMS

As we use more electricity in our homes, electric bills rise. Efficient products and energy-saving strategies can help you save money and energy at home. Cook Electric knows the latest technology to help make your upgrades payoff.

SPECIALTY LIGHTING

Specialty lighting fixtures and lamps include under cabinet, down, task and accent lighting, whether from LED or T5 lamp sources and they are designed by our staff to meets the exacting requirements for the look, feel and value you demand.

FACTS ABOUT COOK ELECTRIC

Providing Professional Electricians Since 1988