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How do You Know When to Upgrade Your Outlets?

The electrical outlet is the contact point between your device or appliance and the wiring throughout the home. If the connection is secure, you’ll get plenty of electricity to power your equipment. If it’s weak, you may suffer from electric shock, an electrical fire, or a power surge. In any case, we need to inspect the outlets in your home every one to two years to make sure they are in condition and working correctly. Upon inspection, we may need to upgrade the receptacles to newer, safer models. Here are three things we assess:

Do You Need Dedicated Circuits in Your Home?

Are the appliances in your home set up to operate efficiently and safely? One of the ways you can tell is if you trip a breaker when you have too many electronic devices running at the same time. This could be a sign that you need an electrical upgrade to one or more dedicated circuits in your home. Harrison Electric Offers dedicated circuit installation if you need a circuit breaker fixed or replaced. Let’s take a closer look at dedicated circuits and how they can benefit your home.

Are Your Outlets Childproof?

For most parents, childproofing an electrical system includes purchasing a few plastic covers and plugging them into electrical outlets. Some curious children, however, have learned how to break that code and pull the covers off. Thankfully, there are safer options out there. Below, we explore three main types of outlet covers that are available for your home and how we can keep your child safe during their earliest years.

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge

Kidde has recently recalled fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to their failure to discharge when used. The failure has already led to one death. The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Electrical Problems That Cause Fires

If your house is more than 30 years old, you may have some faulty components in it. Old wiring parts are a safety hazard that can lead to a fire. Harrison Electric can inspect your home to din any areas where there may be a threat of fire. We can also look at any of your fixture or appliances to make sure they're wired properly. Below are key components we look at.

Appliances That Consume High Energy

The average U.S. household spends about $2,160 per year on energy costs. Much of that energy you utilize is from larger appliances and electronics. If you’re looking to save power in 2018, then you need to know how much electricity the devices and machines in your home are using each day. Below is a summary some of the top appliances that use energy and how much they use. If you would like to know more about how to save energy in your home, contact Harrison Electric.

What to do if You Have an Electrical Emergency This Winter

Wintertime in Minnesota is the worst time to be without electricity. If you don’t have a generator and you are not prepared for the loss of power, you and your family could be in a bit of trouble. Fortunately, Harrison Electric offers 24/7 emergency residential electrical repair for homes and properties in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota areas. While the weather conditions are not always favorable for electrical replacement, there are some things you can do until we arrive. Here are some tips on handling an electrical emergency:

Update Your Outdoor Lighting This Winter

The weather in Minnesota is cold enough to damage your lighting system. While you and your family are safe inside your home, the lights are battling high winds, ice, snow, and extreme temperatures. So if you have an exterior lighting system, then now is the time to contact an electrician from Harrison Electric. We can give your exterior lights a complete inspection and then make the necessary upgrades to make sure that it is ready for winter. Here’s what we can do for your lights.

Christmas is the Perfect Time for an Electrical Safety Inspection

With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to contact Harrison Electric for an electrical safety inspection. A proper assessment of your electrical wiring will determine if your house is Christmas ready for all the holiday lights, electronics, and Christmas trees. When it comes to your electrical installation, you should never take chances with your family’s safety. We can perform a point-by-point inspection of the wiring, fixtures, panel, and other components in your home.

Backup Your Electrical System This Winter

When the temperature outside is below freezing, the last thing you want is for the power to go out in your home. Fortunately, an electrical backup system will keep that from happening. What is a backup system? We answer that question below.

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