landscape lighting, electrician,
Written by Larry Cook

Light Your Landscaping with Low Voltage This Summer – Part 1

After beautifying your home with a new wall, driveway, walkway, or landscaping, you may have overlooked the idea of accentuating these new exterior features with low voltage lighting. Done skillfully, lighting design can make your house look much more appealing at night.

There is also an important safety aspect to installing exterior lighting for both residents and visitors.  People will find it easier to find and maneuver on steps and walkways because of the improved visibility. Security will also be improved because a well-lit exterior will discourage would-be intruders from entering your property.

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installation,wiring, elecrician
Written by Larry Cook

How to Keep Your Office Electrically Safe – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, typical offices are thought to be low-risk areas, but existing hazards still remain. Safety measures must still be carried out by staff members, and regular electrical inspections must be performed by licensed electricians.

Part 2 will discuss Employee Awareness and Safety Tips.

Employee Awareness

Below are the electrical hazards that employees should be trained to detect and report for the prevention of injuries and fires:

  • Buzzing electrical outlets
  • Electrical equipment emanating an odd or burning smell
  • Frayed electrical cords with exposed wires
  • Improperly working equipment
  • Overheated electrical cords or equipment
  • Overloaded outlets, extension cords, or power strips

Supervisors should be advised of defective electrical equipment and accessories, which should be quickly taken off the premises as soon as possible.

Overloaded outlets can be addressed by hiring a licensed electrician to install more outlets in the areas where needed.

Safety Tips

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International non-profit (ESFI), overloaded electrical circuits are both fire and electrocution hazards. Many of the ESFI safety tips below will help keep a workplace safe from the related electrical hazards.

  • Avoid folding or knotting electrical cords.
  • Electrical cords should not be placed in heavy foot traffic areas or beneath a carpet.
  • Keep a 3-foot minimum of clearance area in front of an electrical panel.
  • Never force a three-prong electrical plug into a two-slot outlet.
  • Nonessential electrical items should remain unplugged until needed.
  • Power strips should be placed in areas with proper ventilation.
  • Run electrical cords next to walls to avoid people tripping on them.
  • Turn off and unplug electrical equipment or appliances before cleaning or maintenance.

An office electrical safety inspection should be performed by a licensed electrician as required by state and local regulations to ensure the safety of employees. The home offices of entrepreneurs should also get a regular inspection to keep residents safe.

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.

safety wiring, electrical services, Annapolis MD
Written by Larry Cook

How to Keep Your Office Electrically Safe – Part 1

When you compare them to industrial environments, typical offices are thought to be low-risk areas as far as electrical dangers. Although this has some credence, electrical hazards still remain. That’s why safety measures must still be carried out by the staff, and regular electrical inspections must be performed by licensed electricians. 

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lighting, commercial lighting, electrician
Written by Larry Cook

Commercial Lighting Services for Your New Facility

One of the first rules when opening a new business is ensuring that customers or clients can see your office or facility. A primary purpose of commercial lighting is providing proper illumination for your company’s building and parking lot. Not only does well-designed lighting set the desired atmosphere, it also promotes the safety and security of people who visit your business. 

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electrician, Electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

Your Aluminum Wiring Conversion Will Need an Electrician Professional

An aluminum wiring conversion wiring should be performed by a licensed and experienced electrical contractor. The process of replacing aluminum wiring with copper wiring in your home can be complex. You may think you’ll be saving money by hiring an inexperienced electrician, but the job may not be done properly the first time, costing you money in the long run. 

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home, electrical services, Annapolis, MD
Written by Larry Cook

Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, summer is the best season to accomplish electrical projects that will increase your family’s quality of life. The indoor projects will make life cooler and more pleasant. The outdoor projects will make the improved areas safer and more fun. Part 2 will cover the outdoor items for the Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer. 

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Electrician,Home, Residential
Written by Larry Cook

Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer – Part 1

Summer is the best time of year to accomplish the electrical projects that will increase your family’s quality of life. Warm weather and longer days make them easier to do. The indoor projects will make life cooler and more pleasant. The outdoor projects will make the improved areas safer and more fun. Below are the Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer. Part 1 will cover the indoor items. 

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Electrician,Commercial, services
Written by Larry Cook

Get Current for Your Retail Lighting – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, the retail industry now considers lighting a worthwhile investment that can help drive sales. Part 2 will discuss Vertical & Accent Lighting and Current Trends.

Vertical & Accent Lighting

A shopper’s visual experience in a retail space occurs mostly while standing. Consequently, attaining good levels of vertical light levels at about 6 feet is generally of greater importance than horizontal light levels at about 3 feet over the floor for sightlines and creating contrast for merchandise. 

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lighting, commercial lighting, electrician
Written by Stu Kushner

Get Current for Your Retail Lighting – Part 1

Research has found that there are about 600,000 retail buildings in operation in the U.S., totaling an astounding 11.3 billion square feet. This is indeed a huge market for retail lighting. It is a crucial marketing tool that can guide and engage customers while making them feel relaxed in a shopping environment. 

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Home, Residential, electrical services
Written by Larry Cook

ESFI Home Electrical Safety Tips

ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International) is the most respected non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of electrical safety at home and in the workplace. Their research has found that people can prevent electrocutions and home fires by improving their knowledge of basic electrical safety. The ESFI provides several resources for the education of consumers, homeowners, the elderly, and children. 

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