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Electrical Safety Tips to Help Protect Your Home and Family this Season

Fall has finally arrived and as the cooler temperatures begin to roll in it is important to keep the following electrical safety tips in mind to help protect your home and family.

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Electrical Safety Tips for the Fall

  1. Be sure to only use weatherproof electrical devices and lights outdoors.
  2. Clear away all debris and leaves from outdoor power cords and outlets.
  3. Test all smoke and CO detectors and change batteries as needed.
  4. Replace all damaged or frayed electrical cords inside and outside of yoElectrical Safety Tipsur home.
  5. If you use electric blankets, make sure they are working properly and the power cords are not damaged or frayed.
  6. Replace loose plugs to prevent overheating or electrical fires.
  7. Have your circuit breakers inspected if you are having to reset them constantly.
  8. With the holidays coming up, remember not to overload your outlets with too many plug ins.
  9. Be careful where you place extension cords and remember to never run cords underneath rugs or furniture.
  10. Remember to have one of our Electricians perform an electrical tuneup and safety inspection to ensure all of your electrical components are functioning properly.

Follow these electrical safety tips this fall and have a safe and fun season!

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Transform Your Home with Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting offers several great benefits for your home. Everything from increased safety to enhancing your curb appeal, a little outdoor lighting really goes a long way!

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Landscape Lighting Benefits:

-Safety:

Safety is probably the most obvious benefit of landscape lighting. A fewlamp-1304959_960_720 well-placed lights along your walking path can really make a big difference. Not only will you be able to see where you’re walking at night, you’ll also be able to better spot and avoid common nighttime nuisances. For example; spider webs seem to be everywhere during the warmer months and walking into one unexpectedly at night can be a cause for panic! During the winter months, outdoor lighting can help you see slippery, icy spots and avoid a major injury.

-Convenience:

Unloading groceries and finding your keyhole are a whole lot easier in the light. Porch and patio lights, especially the automatic kinds, will light your way and make everyday tasks easier when the sun goes down.

-Security:

Adding security and protection are the biggest advantages that landscape lighting has to offer. A well-lit home is an unappealing target for criminals, making your home safer from break-ins. If your home is surrounded by trees or seems to be particularly dark at night, some outdoor lighting can go a long way in keeping your home safe. After al,l no one wants to break into a home with a bright spotlight on their back. Motion sensor security lights are great options for garages, back doors, patios, sheds or any other vulnerable entrances to your home.

 -Ambiance:

Landscape lighting is alamps-918495_960_720n easy and beautiful way to enhance your outdoor space. The options for outdoor lighting designs are endless and some well-placed lighting will make your home feel more inviting. You can highlight trees and other home features you’re proud of. Create a warm and comfortable outdoor seating area. Use string lights to give your backyard an almost magical feel. And there are at least 101 more possibilities with landscape lighting. Feeling a little overwhelmed?  Don’t! Our Certified Electricians can help you decide on the best outdoor designs that fit your needs and personality.

 Landscape Lighting Upgrades:

Whether you’re looking to increase your home’s safety, convenience, security or ambiance, the Certified Electricians here at Tiger Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical Services have the skills and knowledge to transform your home with landscape lighting. Give us a call today at 866-844-3770 or visit us are TrustTiger.com and learn how we can assist you, with all of your outdoor lighting needs.

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12 Maintenance Tasks to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Summer is on its way and in the Midwest that means we need to be ready for an abundance of heat, humidity and summertime pests. Is your home ready for the long summer months? If you are not sure, you may need to run through this maintenance checklist designed to help you get through the summer months in comfort.

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1. Screen Check: On cooler days it may be tempting to open your windows and allow the cross breeze to cool your home. But with a mild winter: bugs, mosquitoes and tiny pests will be out in force and you will want to keep them outside where they belong. Take some time to inspect your window screens and storm door screens and make sure they are not damaged or have holes.

2. Replace Your F142614_image1urnace Filter: It may seem odd to be worrying about your furnace ahead of summer time, but keep in mind that your AC system and your furnace work together. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may need to clean and/or replace it monthly to ensure that your heating and cooling equipment are functioning properly.

3. Look for Leaks: Inspect all outdoor hoses for damages and leaks. This task is especially important if your hose was exposed to the winter elements.

4. Venture Up to the Attic: You should inspect your attic at least once or twice a year and before summer hits is a good time to explore this space. You are looking for any signs of damage caused by winter weather or spring time storms. Leaks are your main concern because a little water damage can go a long way in the form of mold and mildew growth in your home. Additionally, leaks in your attic will eventually make their way down and come through your ceiling. First check out your attic when it is raining and see if you can see any signs of leaks. Then when the sun finally comes back out, head back up to your attic and turn off all the lights and see if you can see the light shining through anywhere it is not supposed to. While you are up in your attic be on the lookout for signs of pests or insects turning your home into theirs.

5. Explore Your Basement: After you are done inspecting your attic, head downstairs and check for signs of leaks, pests, insects or mold growth. Basements tend to be the darkest, dampest and coolest place in your house, making it the perfect home for mold and insects to invade. Also be on the lookout for cracks and other signs of damage in your basement walls and/or foundation.

6. Battery Tests: This is the perfect time to test the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Remember safety first!

7.  Make Sure Your AC Can Take the Pressure: Before the temperatures climb much higher, it is best to have one of our Heating and Cooling Experts inspect and tune-up your Air Conditioning equipment. The last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is to turn on your AC for some much needed relief, only to discover it does not work! Beat the rush and call 866-844-3770.

8. Dust Your Fans: Prevent dust from flying off of your fan blades and take a few moments to dust your ceiling fans.

9. Avoid a Shockin262062g Surprise: Turn to one of our Certified Electricians to inspect your outdoor electrical outlets and light fixtures. Having your outlet electrical wiring inspected once a year is vital to your home’s safety. Wires can become frayed or damaged over time by the elements and wildlife.

10. Keep the Air Flowing: Clean and dust the air vents in your home. When vents become dirty and dusty, the air from your air conditioner cannot flow as easily, causing your cooling equipment to work harder, costing you more money on your power bill and shortening the life of your AC Unit. Plus, the dust on vents are blown into the air you breathe when you turn on your air conditioner.

11. Gutter Check: If you skipped cleaning your gutters during your spring cleaning, then it is time to grab a ladder and take care of this unpleasant task ASAP. Clogged gutters can cause a lot of expensive damage to your roof and foundation.

12. Get Your Ducts in a Row: Dirty air ducts lead to several serious issues to your home and health. When you turn on your heating or cooling equipment the air is pushed through your duct work and all of the dirt, dust, allergens, dander and other tiny particles are released into the air you and your family breathe; lowering the air quality in your home and leading to health issues and concerns. Additionally, dirty duct work will damage your AC and furnace equipment, leading to costly repairs and early replacements needed.

Have A Great Summer!

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May is National Electrical Safety Month

May has finally arrived! Meaning two things; one, spring is in full-bloom and two, it is National Electrical Safety Month! Everyone knows that electricity can be dangerous but you can remove some of that danger by following these electrical safety tips!

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Electrical Safety for Both Inside and Outside of Your Home: 

  • Don’t run cords under carpets. They can overheat and you cannot see if a cord has become damaged. Shock or fire can result.
  • Don’t unplug appliances by pulling on the cord. Grip from the plug and pull to prevent damage to and potential exposure of wires.
  • Appliances with damaged cords increase the risk of electrical shock. Cords that are cut, broken or whose insulation has cracked should be replaced before using the appliance.
  • Water and electricity are a deadly combination. Keep electrical wires and appliances away from water. Use GFCI protected outlets when using appliances or tools near water.
  • If you witness someone receiving an electrical shock, call 911. Never touch someone being shocked unless the electricity has been shut off.
  • Always unplug or disconnect power when working on light fixtures or appliances.
  • Never put your finger in a light bulb socket. Disconnect power before attempting to remove a broken bulb.
  • Never use water to put out an electrical fire. Call the fire department. If an electrical appliance is involved, unplug it first if safe to do so. Use a dry chemical fire extinguisher or baking soda to put out the fire.cloud-71366_960_720
  • Head inside a car or building when you see lightning. Avoid wide open spaces and tall trees since lightning is attracted to the tallest object in a given area.
  • Get out of the water if swimming outside when it’s lightning.
  • Choose wide open areas for flying kites, balloons and other toys. And, never intentionally throw objects at or touch power lines or equipment. The voltage they carry can transfer and kill you.
  • Do not attempt to trim tree branches or cut down trees near power lines. Call the power company or a licensed contractor. The voltage carried by overhead wires can travel along objects that come in contact with them and be deadly.
  • Before proceeding with digging deeper than turning the soil in your garden, call your electrical company to ensure no buried cables are in the area. Striking buried lines can cause serious injury or death.
  • Replace or repair loose or frayed cords on all electrical devices.
  • In homes with small children, unused wall sockets and extension-cord receptacles should have plastic safety covers.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If outlets or switches feel warm, shut off the circuit and have them checked by an electrician.
  • When possible, avoid the use of “cube taps” and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp’s recommended wattage.

 

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Burn Awareness, Prevention and Your Family’s Safety

The first week of February is Burn Awareness Week and the gflame-580342_640oal is to educate people on how they can protect themselves and their family from burns and scalds. A burn can occur just about anywhere, at any time. the dangers are everywhere but by being aware of them, you can take the steps necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here is a good place to start in the fight against burns and scalds.

First and foremost it isburn important to know that electricity is dangerous. Electrical burns can result when a person touches electrical wiring or equipment that is used or maintained improperly. Typically, such burns occur on the hands. Electrical burns are one of the most serious injuries you can receive. They need to be given immediate attention. Additionally, clothing may catch fire and a thermal burn may result from the heat of the fire. Electrical burns do not always show on the skin and when they do they often appear minor. However, damage can extend deep into the tissues and organs beneath your skin. Other more severe injuries can also occur from electricity and should be treated immediately.

Scalds are another major concern when it comes to burn awareness. In the home, s216740calds are more likely to occur in the kitchen or bathroom. But there are a few precautions you can take to help prevent scalds. The first step is to ensure that your water heater is set at a safe level. Most water heaters allow you to set the temperature but have a manufacture default water heating setting. It is best to set the temperature yourself and ensure that it’s not hotter than 115-120 degrees F. By lowering the water temperature settings, you’ll reduce the risk  of scalding water burns. If you’re not sure how to set your water heater temperature our professional plumbers will be happy to help! And be sure to ask about an Anti-Scald Device for added safety!

There are other stepkitchen-345707_640s you can take to protect yourself from scalds in the kitchen. Allow food and beverages time to cool before consuming. Use caution when removing items from the microwave. Also use oven mitts when removing items from the stove or oven. And avoid putting your face or other body parts over a steaming pot.

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Bath Safety: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe in the Tub

January is Bath Safety Month and you may not be aware of how dangerous your bathroom can be! Small children are especially vulnerable but anyone is at risk of suffering a major accident in or around the bath. A trip to the emergency room is not the way most of us envision bath time ending! Follow these simple tips designed to keep you and your family safe.

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1. Grab bars are a good idea for everyone!

The majority of all major bath accidents happen when people are getting in and (especially) out of the tub. Having a bar or some kind of handle to help people get in and out of the tub is a safety precaution for people of all ages. Remember tubs are slippery when wet, making it harder for you to keep your balance.

2. Never leave small children unattended in the tub.

This is probably a no-brainer, but better safe than sorry. At no time should a child under four years of age be left alone while in the tub.

3. Prevent scalding.

Most wate1164_936860776361440_8359717173481272834_nr heaters allow you to set the temperature but have a manufacture default water heating setting. It is best to set the temperature yourself and ensure that it’s not hotter than 115-120 degrees F. By lowering the water temperature settings, you’ll reduce the risk of scalding water burns. If you’re not sure how to set your water heater temperature our professional plumbers will be happy to help! And be sure to ask about an Anti-Scald Device for added safety.

P.S. Even with the above precautions in place, it is a good idea to test the temperature of the water before jumping in.

4. Stop slips before they happen.

We all know that wet surfaces are slippery, that’s why adding a few accessories to your bathroom can go a long way in keeping your loved ones safe. Place a slip-resistant mat or adhesive decals in your tub/shower. If your floor is tiled, place a decortowel-rack-635395_960_720ative rug next to your tub/shower. If you don’t have a rug, placing a towel next to your tub will be helpful.

P.S. Don’t forget to have grab bars installed, it is not safe to use a towel rack to help you out of the tub.

5. Electricity and water are not friends.

Again, this may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how often this issue
comes up. For everyone’s safety, keep electrical devices away from the tub. If you have small children, it’s probably a good idea to make sure all devices are unplugged before running the bath water. Better safe than sorry!

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Happy New Year! Here Are Some Resolutions for Your Home

The New Year is upon us and everyone is busy preparing for their New Year resolutions. But don’t forget that your home might need a few resolutions as well. Make your home feel shiny and new again with these remarkable New Year resolutions!

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1. Clean Your Dryer Vent

This is an important New Year resolution for your home because the dryer vent is often overlooked. A dirty dryer vent not only costs you money, due to being inefficient and causing you to run your dryer for longer periods of time, but a dirty dryer vent is also a major fire hazard. There are nearly 16,000 house fires each year caused by lint trapped in dryer vents. So don’t forget to have those dirty dryer vents cleaned periodically.

2. Check Your Sump Pump

A properly functioning sump pump is absolutely essential to preventing a flooded basement.  You want to check your sump pump regularly to ensure that everything is flowing smoothly.

3. Protect Your Home with Motion Detector Lights

Having an Electrician install motion detector lights is an effective way to protect your home from potential theft. Motion detector lights are also extremely helpful when you need a little extra light at night.

4. Remember Surge Protectors are Your Friend

This New Year invest, in some powerful surge protectors. Surge protectors protect your electronics and appliances from power surges. Which means by simply plugging your electronics into surge protectors, you can save thousands of dollars by not needing to replace your devices every time a surge hits.

5. Change Your Filter Monthly

Regularly changing your filter is the best way to prolong the life of your furnace and air conditioning units. Plus, your heating and cooling equipment will run more efficiently, saving you money on your monthly power bill.

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Holiday Decorations: Tips to Make Decorating Safer

The holiday season has arrived and many of us are in decoration mode. All of these fun holiday decorations really do brighten our homes and neighborhoods. However, it is important to decorate with some caution, in order to protect your home and family from a potential holiday accident. Here are a few tips to make decorating your home for holidays saferchristmas-315661_960_720 1. Inspect your holiday lights before going through the process of hanging them

Everyone loves holiday lights! They’re festive, bright and available in so many different fun colors, but it’s important to inspect each strand you use for frayed wires or loosened bulbs that could pose a fire hazard.

2. Remember to turn off your lights overnight

It’s tempting to leave those cheery lights on all night long but it’s best to let those lights rest. Plus, leaving that many lights on around the clock will leave you with an unpleasant surprise in January when you open your power bill.light-562557_960_720

3. Ensure that your lights are secure

Loose lights are a serious tripping hazard. Especially for small children or pets.

4. Use ribbon not wire hooks

If you have small children in your home, those wire hooks on your ornaments can be really dangerous. Instead, swap those hooks out for some festive ribbon or string.

5. Spring for the shatterproof ornaments

This is another tip for homes with children and/or pets (or clumsy adults). Glass ornaments are fragile and will likely break if they fall from the tree. And the last thing you want is broken glass everywhere.

6. Bells are a great defense

 Holiday bells on your tree not only make great decorations but they’re also a brilliant warning system if little hands or paws get too close to the tree.

7. Little mouths require larger ornaments

Pets and small kids sometimes can’t resist grabbing a hold of colorful objects and popping them in their mouths. That’s why it’s wise to spring for larger ornaments.

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Candles unquestionably add a little extra holiday flare. Just remember to be smart and never leave them unattended.

9. Don’t use a ladder by yourself

Ladders can be dangerous and you never want to use them to hang decorations unless someone is with you, just in case.

10. Choose your tree wisely

If you’re opting for a real tree this year, you’ll want to ensure to pick one that’s not a dried out fire hazard. Look for a tree with green, healthy needles are that harder to remove. Check the trunk and make sure it’s sticky to the touch. Give the tree a good shake or bounce on the ground, if a lot of needles fall, the tree is dried out.

11. Use caution when decorating around the fireplace

Don’t place the tree or other decorations too close to the fireplace. And when decorating the fireplace, make sure that your stockings, garland and other decorations are hanging high and away from the flames.

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12. Use electricity wisely (Bonus holiday lights tips)

On average each year there are 150 House fires caused by holiday lights.

  • Never link more than three strands of lights together
  • If your wires become warm to the touch, unplug them immediately
  • Don’t leave your home with your lights still on
  • Don’t use a cracked or damaged wall socket
  • Do contact a professional electrician to have an electrical audit performed, to ensure that your home is ready for all of your holiday decorating fun!
  • To learn more about holiday electrical safety call us at 1.888.9TIGER4 or feel free to check us out online at TrustTiger.com.

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Keep Your Home and Loved One’s Safe This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a busy time for a lot of us. All of that cooking, cleaning, eating and catching up with friends and family members. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted, leaving you or your home at risk for a potential accident. An emergency on Thanksgiving is the last thing you want to deal with.kitchen-670247_640

Fortunately, there are some fairly simple things you can do to avoid a Thanksgiving disaster! Follow this Thanksgiving safety checklist designed to save your holiday!

Fire Hazards:

  1. Never fry a turkey indoors, this includes sheds or garages. Make sure that your frying in a wide open space away from your home.
  2. Never fry a turkey on a wood surface.
  3. Make sure that all of your smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, the average number of cooking fircook-7070_640es nearly doubles on Thanksgiving day.
  5. Don’t leave the kitchen unattended when the stove and/or oven is on.
  6. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dried before you attempt to fry it. If ice or water hits the oil, it could cause a large splash which could cause a fire or even an explosion.
  7. Don’t wear loose fitting clothing when cooking.
  8. Keep your stove top clear of all flammable materials.
  9. Keep a heavy duty lid handy to smother any small flames that might flare up on your stove.
  10. Never pour water on a grease fire.

Food and Health Safety Tips:

  1. Continually cleaning-532411_640clean all cooking surfaces.
  2. Use separate utensils and cookware when preparing meat and/or poultry.
  3. Never thaw a turkey on the counter.
  4. Wash your hands frequently.
  5. Keep raw meat and poultry away from all other food.
  6. When thawing a turkey, place it in a pan to prevent the juices from contaminating other foods or surfaces.
  7. Wash all fruits and vegetables before using them.

Turkey Thawing Tips:

There are only three ways to safely thaw a turkey: refrigerator, the cold water method, and the microwave.turkey-218742_640

-The amount of time it takes to thaw a turkey in the fridge depends on its size. It’s suggested that you need one day to thaw a turkey for every 4 to 5 pounds. For example, a 12-pound turkey will need about three days to thaw.

– If you didn’t allow yourself enough time to thaw your turkey in the fridge, you can use the cold water method. Place your turkey in a leak-proof bag and submerge the whole thing in water. Estimate that you’ll need 30 minutes or so for every pound. Remember safety first, change the water every half hour.

-If you happen to have a smaller turkey, you can use the microwave as your thawing method. The label on the turkey should tell you if a microwave will work.

Travel Safety 101:

  1. Do not post your travel plans on any social media platforms.
  2. Make sure that all of your windows and doors are securely locked before leaving town.
  3. Do not leave your washer or dryer running while you’re gone.

Have a Safe and Fun Thanksgiving!

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Winter is Coming! Here Are Some Quick Winterizing Tips

Winter in the Midwest can be brutal and unfortunately your home tends to be vulnerable to the extreme cold and winter weather. Winterizing your home now is the best way to help ensure that you’re not left out in the cold this winter!

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Check out this simple home winterizing checklist:

  • Odds are you’re about done watering your lawn or hand washing your car for the season. To prevent freezing this winter make sure that you disconnect and drain all of your outdoor hoses.
  • Remember to lock your windows tight! Locking your windows makes their seals tighter.
  • Have your pipes checked by a professional. Before the real winter weather gets here, you’ll want to have a plumber inspect your pipes for holes, cracks, insulation problems and other issues that could cause your pipes to freeze.
  •  To prevent serious plumbing issues this winter call us at 1.888.9TIGER4 to have frozen-ice-189996_640your pipes professionally insulated.
  • Clear your gutters of leaves a debris. Cleaning gutters is no ones favorite chore. However if your gutters become clogged then water will run over the sides and straight down around the foundation of your home. This may lead to erosion around your foundation and moisture can get inside your house.
  • Insulate older basement windows during winter months. Doing so will help keep warm air from escaping through your basement. Saving you some real money on your heating bill.
  • Hanging heavy curtains over your windows is another great way to cut the cost of your energy bill this winter.
  • Replace your furnace filter! A new clean furnace filter will ensure that your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to warm your home, saving you even more money on your power bill this season.
  • Stock up on salt, ice melts, shovels and other winter items now. These items have a bad habit of selling out when you need them most!

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