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Written by Larry Cook

Talk to an Electrician About Improving Home Energy Efficiency

An increasing number of homeowners are placing more emphasis on energy efficiency. Their two typical goals are decreasing their impact on the environment and reducing their utility bills. In either case, they can get a great start by talking to a licensed electrician about their home’s energy efficiency.

Many people are unaware that a skilled electrician can help conserve energy in their homes. Experienced electricians are knowledgeable about cost-effective methods that will greatly decrease electrical use. Below are three that you should strongly consider. 

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Written by Larry Cook

Electrical Safety Basics for a Commercial Building

As found by a study of the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), electrical fires are one of the five leading causes of fires in commercial buildings. In addition, fires that were started by electricity were responsible for more damage than other causes.

Business owners and commercial property owners should use education as a tool for protecting people and property. Imparting knowledge regarding best practices when electricity is being used is one of the most effective ways for improving electrical safety. An ongoing training program for employees or tenants can significantly reduce occurrences of electrical fires and save lives.

Safety Program

The initial step is to create and schedule an electrical safety program with the help of professionals. Regular training and mandatory guidelines should be required for every employee who works with or near electricity. The following are the most important topics that should be included in documentation provided to those participating.

  • Identification of safety hazards
  • The safe distance to keep from electrical conductors that are exposed
  • Proper practices for working in wet locations that contain electricity
  • Applicable OSHA rules for the workplace
  • OSHA penalties for noncompliance

Common Causes

Electrical fires in commercial buildings often arise from issues involving appliances and equipment. Other common causes involve light fixtures, light bulbs, lamps, as well as faulty wiring.

Proper Equipment Use and Maintenance

Employees involved with using electricity for their tasks should undergo an educational program that provides knowledge regarding the correct methods for utilizing and maintaining their equipment. This will help decrease the risk of an electrical fire in the workplace. Below are safety tips for commercial buildings.

  • Electrical cords and plugs require regular checkups and maintenance.
  • Electrical equipment, including computers, TVs, and microwaves, should be serviced only by professionals.
  • Equipment must only be unplugged by grasping and pulling the power plug, never by pulling the electrical cord.
  • Extension cord usage should only be temporary.
  • Never nail or staple extension cords onto walls or floors.
  • Retain an experienced and licensed electrician for testing connections and wiring at your commercial building.

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.

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Written by Larry Cook

Child Proof Electrical Outlets for Play Time Safety

Raising a family with children in your home will require taking a few extra steps for safety.  One of them is protecting young kids from the dangers of electrical outlets. Fortunately, this is quite simple with the help of a licensed electrician. Child-proof outlets can be quickly installed by an experienced electrician in most homes.

Child Injury Data

Data gathered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found more than 2,000 children a year received emergency room treatment due to electrical receptacle incidents. That is an average of seven kids daily. More than 70% of these incidents happened at home, and they usually resulted from sticking household items like keys, paper clips, nails, and hairpins into outlets. The injuries were typically first or second degree burns, but some were much more serious. 

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Written by Larry Cook

Make Your Home Festive with Holiday Lighting!

The holidays are just around the corner, and you may have been thinking of decorating your home with holiday lighting, but had some concerns about electrical issues and safety. There are several common issues and tips that will be discussed below, but for the best results and safety, consult with an experienced and licensed electrician before you start stringing up your holiday lighting.

Common Holiday Electrical Issues

During a previous Christmas season, you may have had circuit breakers tripping when you turned on the holiday lighting. It probably indicates you overloaded the circuit. A simple solution is more circuitry. You can add outlets in your home’s eaves. This will help prevent overloading the circuit breakers and eliminate extension cords. Another way to fix tripping breakers is using LED lighting, instead of incandescent lighting that requires a much greater electrical load. 

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Written by Stu Kushner

Keep Your Home Electrically Safe During Winter – Part 1

Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) studies have found that the sales of electrical devices jump markedly during December. This significant growth in the number of electrical products, along with the cooler temperatures in much of the nation, increases the probability of electrical fires, injuries, and deaths. According to other studies, more than 40% of fire deaths happen during the winter season, and the kitchen is where more than half of home fires start.

It is important to perform several easy electrical appliance and device checkups to ensure that they are functioning normally and your home and family are safe from electrical danger. We also recommend that you call an experienced licensed electrician and request a thorough electrical inspection of your home so that you and your family will have peace of mind during winter. 

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Written by Larry Cook

Ideas for Future Proofing Your Smart Home – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, maintaining a smart home can be costly because it may require wiring and structural changes, as well as big-ticket purchases for appliances and entertainment systems. Fortunately, future proofing can also save money, and Part 2 will discuss two more ideas.

Home Automation

One key feature of smart homes is home automation. Leaders in the field believe that a CAT7 Ethernet cable should be installed at every home sensor point. Sensor points include smart switches, presence detectors, thermostat temperature sensors, and water detectors. All can help conserve energy, decreasing utility bills. 

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Written by Larry Cook

Ideas for Future Proofing Your Smart Home – Part 1

As time passes, the pace of technological developments accelerates. It is a challenge staying current with all of the new devices and emerging technologies. The task can also be very expensive because keeping current means replacing high-tech equipment with what’s new.

Maintaining a smart home can be costly because it may require wiring and structural changes, as well as big-ticket purchases for appliances and entertainment systems.

Fortunately, future proofing can also save money, and this article will discuss several ideas. Talk to an expert licensed electrician who is knowledgeable and experienced in making homes smart for the best results.

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Written by Larry Cook

Do You Know Why Your Lights Flicker?

Quite commonly household lights flicker because of harmless reasons. Unfortunately, there are some reasons why this could be a serious issue. This article will discuss how to tell between a major or minor lighting problem. Remember to call a licensed electrical services company for your family’s safety and the best results.

Unavoidable Flickering

When electrical loads turn off and on, such as appliances and lighting, this will result in the voltage that supply lights to fluctuate, and flickering may occur. Frequently loads require inrush current, drawing plenty of current when activated. Upon being turned on, this type of load will result in a considerable voltage drop being supplied, and this will cause flickering.  An electrical system with a proper design will decrease flickering, but not completely prevent them. One method for greatly minimizing flickers is using dedicated 240V circuits for large appliances like refrigerators and washing machines.

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Written by Larry Cook

How Important is Electrical for a Kitchen Remodel? – Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1, a kitchen remodel, electrical design and installation can not only improve the quality of everyday usage, but it can also increase your home’s resale value. Part 2 will discuss Kitchen Lighting, Electrical Circuits, and Contractors.

Kitchen Lighting

An excellent layout of switches and electrical lighting circuits can significantly raise the functionality and pleasure of using a new kitchen. In addition, it can help reduce energy use as well. Creating work areas will help you determine a plan for switches and lighting. One idea is a handful of recessed lights illuminating a work island.  Another design idea is track lighting for a counter dining area. One notion is installing one light over the sink connected to a dimmer switch.

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Written by Larry Cook

How Important is Electrical for a Kitchen Remodel? – Part 1

Electrical design and installation for a kitchen remodel or upgrade can not only improve the quality of everyday usage, but it can also raise your home’s resale value. Kitchen remodeling is a major project as far as the expense and the inconvenience your family will experience during the process. Kitchens are somewhat like airport terminals. If a terminal were unexpectedly closed for even a brief period, many flights and passengers will be affected. Not having access to your kitchen during its remodeling process will have a significant impact on your family.

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