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Safety in Your Home is Our Primary Concern. The Following Articles and Videos Will Show Some of The Items We Consider in Fulfilling This Goal.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

 
  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
  • One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,755 deaths, 12,200 civilian injuries, and $7.0 billion in direct damage
  • Home fires killed an average of eight people every day in 2013.
  • During 2007-2011, roughly one of every 320 households had a reported home fire per year.
 
Smoke Detector - Smoke Detector Installation in Santa Maria, CA
 

DID YOU KNOW THIS?

The life expectancy of smoke alarms is generally 10-years, after which point their sensors can begin to lose sensitivity. The test button only confirms that the battery, electronics, and alert system are working; it doesn't mean that the smoke sensor is working.

May 2014 issue of Consumer Reports

WHAT WE SUGGEST

1. Interconnected Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Wired Interconnect or Interconnect using Wireless Units
If one alarm goes off (at the other end of the house) they all go off

2. 10 Year Sealed Lithium Battery Alarms
If your existing alarms are already interconnected these units will eliminate the need to change the battery every year
Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide
Voice Warning

Tamper Resistant Receptacles

Children are curious. They crawl, they feel, they touch, they explore. But sometimes curiosity can lead to danger, such as when children tamper with an electrical receptacle. Fortunately there's now a receptacle that can safeguard this everyday source of danger. Learn more about Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs) and their life-saving potential.
  • The 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) requires all new and renovated homes to have TRRs
  • The average American home is 41 years old. Home upgraded before the 2008 NEC may not have TRR protection
  • In a 10 year study, 24,000 children (7 a day) were treated in emergency rooms for receptacle-related injuries**
  • TRRs cost as little as $0.50 more than a standard outlet
  • Hairpins, keys, and fingers are the top three items inserted into outlets by a child
  • The shutter system in TRRs allows only plugs to be inserted while preventing access to foreign objects
  • 100% of all 2-4 year olds were able to remove one type of plastic outlet cap within 10 seconds*
Upgrade to Tamper Resistant Receptacles, it could save a life.
 

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) Receptacles or Circuit Breakers

 
Fusebox - General electrical repairs in Santa Maria, CA
 
NFPA reported 47,700 home fires involved some type of electrical failure or malfunction in 2011. Those fires resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion direct property damage. However, the CPSC estimates more than 50% of electrical fires that occur every year could be prevented by AFCIs.

How does it work?

AFCI interrupts power when an arc-fault is detected in the circuit downstream from where the receptacle is installed, including within items plugged into it. Provides protection from arc-faults ... Read more
 
 

What is an Arc Fault?

An arc-fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Arc-faults can occur when older wires become frayed or cracked, when a nail or screw damages a wire behind a wall, or when outlets or circuits are compromised.

Parallel arc: arc between the hot and neutral conductor or between the hot and ground conductor.

Series arc: arc along the same conductor or at connections.

Where is it required by the National Electrical Code (NEC)?

The 2014 NEC expanded Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter Protection (Section 210.12 and 406.4(D)(4)) to include most circuits. The use of AFCI receptacles are now an acceptable form of protection when in compliance with some restrictions as specified in the NEC. The 2014 NEC allows 6 different installations methods to provide AFCI protection in new construction and specific replacements.

Things to consider about AFCI receptacles

Protects all downstream wire and appliances from both parallel and series arcs, and also protects from series arcs upstream in the wiring between the source of the circuit and the first outlet on the circuit, called the “home run.”

Provides localized TEST and RESET ability.