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National Electrical Safety Month is about promoting electrical safety in the home and workplace. Mister Sparky is spreading awareness by providing helpful tips through social media and fielding phone calls to answer any questions regarding electrical safety!
“Each year, electrical failures are the cause of 43,900 home fires, resulting in 438 deaths, 1,430 injuries and $1.47 billion in property damage. While electrical hazards threaten the public at large, certain populations experience risks that are significantly higher than that of the general population. Our youngest and oldest populations are exceptionally vulnerable. Since 1999, an average of 496 children ages 14 and under have died each year due to unintentional fire or burn-related injury. As for the older population, the risk for individuals aged 65 and older dying in a fire is 2.6 times greater than that of the general population, and this risk increases with age. With that in mind, ESFI has developed a multifaceted campaign with valuable safety resources targeting our youngest and oldest populations, as well as up-to-date safety resources for the general public.” -ESFI
The Electrical Safety Foundation International, or ESFI, is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. With their efforts combined with Mister Sparky’s, we can increase electrical safety awareness and reduce electrical fires, fatalities, and property loss. Follow the campaign with us on Facebook, Google+, and join the conversation on Twitter using #NESM.
Earth Day is a day recognized by 192 countries across the world, where people proactively demonstrate support for environmental protection. If everyone in those 192 countries participated in Earth Day on April 22, think of what an impact that would make! We, as a collective people, have strengthened global awareness for the environment and been moving in the right direction. However, there is still work to be done. As electricians, we understand the importance of energy conservation, and appreciate the advancements of cleaner sources. We must be conscientious of our environment not only for sustainability, but for a cleaner way of life.
Chip in this year!
Mister Sparky can also help make your home more energy efficient. Lighting change, ceiling fan install, home energy audit, and many other services. Give us a call and ask! 314.781.9998
Last night, Dateline NBC ran a great segment on Smoke Detectors. Links to the story are unavailable at this time, but here are the statements to Dateline from First Alert and Kidde with some excellent information about smoke detectors and being prepared!
Statement from First Alert on part 1 of Dateline NBC’s report on smoke detectors
September 14, 2012
Fire experts from the National Fire Protection Association, the National Institute of Standards, Underwriters Laboratories, and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission – based on extensive testing – have concluded that either photoelectric or ionization technology provides adequate escape time in most fires. Because different technologies are more sensitive to different types of smoke particles, for maximum protection, First Alert and fire experts recommend that you use both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms – or dual sensor smoke alarms –on every level or the cost of dual alarms. IN that event, either technology provides adequate time to escape in most fires.
First Alert products are subject to rigorous internal testing on a frequent basis. We also meet or exceed standards set by the American national Standards Institute (ANSI) / Underwriters Laboratories. The ANSI/UL’s standards result from stringent, independent testing and input from various interest parties, including fire services and governmental agencies. That testing – and the resulting standards – are what consumers should look to in judging product quality.
First Alert, along with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and fire services around the country, strongly recommend the following:
If your alarm sound, leave the residence immediately. Do no re-enter until fire officials say it is safe.
Statement from First Alert on part 2 of Dateline NBC’s report on smoke detectors
March 6, 2013
First Alert smoke alarms meet or exceed ANSI / UL standards, including the ANSI / UL standards dealing with alarm sound levels. First Alert manufactures and markets a wide variety of smoke alarms including alarms with voice and location capability.
The National Fire Protection Association credits smoke alarms with helping reduce fire-related fatalities in the U.S. by over one-third in the last ten years. Having a properly installed and working smoke alarm in your home increases your family’s chance of safely escaping a fire by up to fifty percent.
If your smoke alarm sounds, follow your family escape route, get out of the house as quickly as possible, and call the fire department. Do not attempt to fight the fire.
Statement from Kidde on part 1 of Dateline NBC’s report on smoke detectors
Smoke alarms save lives. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the number of U.S. home fire deaths has been cut by about half since the mid-1970’s, when smoke alarms first became widely available.
A fire’s very nature makes it unpredictable. Because no one can know when a fire will occur or what type of fire they will have in their home, virtually every recognized fire authority and safety expert – including NFPA, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) – recommend having bothphotoelectric and ionization alarms for optimal protection against flaming and smoldering fires. Kidde supports and states this recommendation on its packaging, website and in its owner’s manuals.
Kidde offers photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms as well as a dual-sensor alarm that combines both technologies in one unit. All three can be found at home improvement stores and other retailers nationwide, or online. In addition, every Kidde smoke alarm – regardless of technology – must pass identical tests in order to meet the current smoke alarm performance standard, UL 217.
Knowing the difference between alarm technologies can help consumers to make an educated decision on alarm placement. However, regardless of technology, a home that does not have enough working smoke alarms is still underprotected. It is vital that families have working smoke alarms on each floor, outside of sleeping areas and inside each bedroom. Families must also practice an escape plan, so they know what to do when the alarm sounds.
For more information on smoke alarms and fire safety, visit www.kidde.com.
Statement from Kidde on part 2 of Dateline NBC’s report on smoke detectors
As the leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products, Kidde reviews industry data, trends and scientific studies in order to advance technology and create solutions to further protect people and property from fire and related hazards. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports nearly two-thirds of residential fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or no working alarms, mainly due to dead or missing batteries. Prompted by this data and research showing the potential benefits of a long-life sealed-in battery, Kidde introduced the first UL-listed line of sealed-in lithium battery smoke alarms in November 2012. These alarms provide continuous protection for a decade and eliminate the need to replace batteries.
One version of Kidde’s new Worry-Free alarms contains a pre-recorded voice in addition to the temporal beeping pattern. The alarm is recommended for installation in bedrooms, as research conducted nearly 10 years ago by Dr. Dorothy Bruck at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, concluded that using a recorded voice or low pitch signal may be more effective at waking children ages 6 to 15. Kidde has offered a combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm with a pre-recorded voice [available in hardwire or battery-power] for nearly ten years. The voice clearly states ‘Fire, Fire’ and with a combination alarm also states ‘Warning, carbon monoxide!’ if CO is detected.
Dr. Bruck’s study reviewed parent- and pre-recorded voices. Kidde decided to use a pre-recorded voice as the company believes that a life safety product should be ready for use when it is removed from packaging without requiring additional programming.
Scientists and researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and other agencies and associations play an invaluable role in keeping America’s families safe. The testing standards to which Kidde’s smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are listed (UL 217, UL 2034) often evolve based on research findings. Kidde continually monitors these and other fire-related studies to identify ways to incorporate these results into its new technology and products.
In addition, Kidde urges all families to install smoke alarms throughout the home, inside and outside of sleeping areas, and to practice an escape plan so that everyone knows what to do in the event an alarm sounds.
These statements courtesy of Dateline NBC and can be found here. Please give us a call if you have ANY questions -we are happy to help! 314.781.9998.
Story from KSDK. Cause of the fire unknown but reports indicate that there were no operating smoke detectors.
Mother Nature has closed out Winter with this last snowfall and Spring is upon us. Warmer weather is nearing and outdoor chores are picking up. As you head outdoors for yard work or other activities, remember these quick safety tips from Mister Sparky electricians as we kick off the season.
A winter storm is brewing on the west coast and is expected to hit the St. Louis area on Thursday this week. We are supposed to get heavy snow and ice accumulations, which will most likely result in power outages. Are you prepared?
More on the storm HERE
Please be careful!
For safety reasons, DO NOT GO OUTSIDE LOOKING FOR THE SOURCE OF THE DOWNED POWER LINE. Power lines can be hidden under the snow/ice and this can result in significant damage to the home and is a MAJOR safety issue to you or anyone else in the area. Stay in your home until you are completely certain that it is safe.
Read HERE for more safety tips and let us know if you have any questions or need anything.
Mister Sparky will be available for any help that you need! 314-781-9998
Your very own Mister Sparky of St. Louis spent three fun-filled and educational days in Northwest Arkansas last week for training. Updated safety procedures and NEC code compliance were among some of the lessons, but the focus of the training was customer service. We are working to strengthen our On-Time Guarantee to better serve our valued customers, in addition to adding value to our Power Club memberships.
Special Thanks to Mister Sparky of Northwest Arkansas for hosting this training at their wonderful facility in Springdale and the other Mister Sparkys around the country that joined us, including Mister Sparky of Oklahoma and Mister Sparky of Olympia.
Mister Sparky received a call earlier this week about a malfunctioning outlet with a smoke smell in a customer’s home. After removing the outlet, we quickly found the problem.
Good: When the customer renovated their bathroom, they installed a GFCI outlet near the sink.
Bad: They did not install it properly (notice the electrical tape?).
GFCI outlets are installed near water sources because they have an added function to cease electrical flow to prevent electrocution. Not only was this outlet installed improperly and could have very easily started a fire, someone could have been electrocuted.
Mister Sparky knows homeowners are getting more involved with remodeling their home and DIY projects. But electricity has to be taken seriously. We are always available to assist or answer any questions you have regarding your home and it’s electrical circuit. Please be careful!