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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Office:  215-643-3200
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How to Safely Power Your Household Gadgets

September 8, 2015 2:51 am

Overloaded circuits and improper power cord use at home are hazards that should be eliminated, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). The ESFI recommends the following tips for homeowners:

• Be sure you are not overloading the circuit. Know the capacity of the circuit and the power requirements of all the electrical items plugged into the power strip and into all the other outlets on the circuit, as well as the light fixtures on the circuit.

• A heavy reliance power strip is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.

• Understand that surge suppressors only protect the items plugged into it, not back along the circuit into which it is connected.

• Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together.

• Ensure that all power strips and extension cords are certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as UL, CSA, or ETL, and read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

• Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis. Unplug and safely store them after every use.

• Do not place power cords and extension cords in high traffic areas or under carpets, rugs or furniture, and never nail or staple them to the wall or baseboard.

• Never remove the ground pin (the third prong) to make a three-prong plug fit a two-prong outlet.

• Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the appliance or tool being used.

• All electrical items and extension cords should be kept in good condition. If damage is discovered, repair the item or dispose of it.

Source: ESFI

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Storm Watch: Severe Weather Tips for Homeowners

September 8, 2015 2:51 am

Severe weather has the potential to impact property more at this time of year than during any other season. “September is the ideal month to address proper storm preparedness,” says Generac Power Systems Senior VP of Marketing Clement Feng. “At the same time homeowners begin preparing for winter storm season, the potential threat from hurricanes becomes more apparent, all while many parts of the country are still experiencing summer heat threats. The timing is truly an influx of extreme weather.”

Homeowners who may feel overwhelmed should break down winter preparedness projects into manageable tasks they can tackle a bit at a time. Taking the time to seal a window or have the heating system serviced will pay off in the cooler months with energy savings and a toasty inside temperature, helping keep families comfortable despite what's happening outside.

Sealing the envelope of the home has become one of the most important tasks for homeowners in terms of energy efficiency. A few simple steps homeowners can take to keep the warm air in and the cold air out with the change of seasons include:

• Sealing drafty or single-pane windows with a DIY insulating roll-on kit
• Making doors airtight with weather stripping and draft seals
• Having a professional check for leaks in ductwork and service the heating system

In addition, homeowners should prepare for outages this winter. The increasingly unpredictable nature of weather patterns and threats to our infrastructure pose a hefty warning to our electrical power systems. Consider purchasing an automatic home backup generator to remain with power in the event of an outage.

Source: Generac Power Systems

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