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Power Outage Preparation

Thursday, February 13, 2014

POWER//OUTAGES//BLACKOUTS//BE PREPARED!


What would happen if a power outage happened in your home or office RIGHT NOW? 


Would you be prepared? Or far from it?





Not only can a power outage damage your electronics and/or household items, it can be a horrible inconvenience if you are ill-prepared. 


It is best if you can formulate a plan for your home as if a two week outage is about to happen. 


Similar to house fires and natural disasters, a power outage will come when you're least expecting it. If you are already prepared for it, you won't have to panic!




Of course the first thing you think of needing are lights, of course! What about food? Heat? etc. 


To take care of the lights, it is great to have flashlights, glow sticks for the kids (it will help entertain them as well), and a lantern on hand at all times. 


Solar lights would be very ideal as well. Candles can be used as well, but make sure to blow them out before you fall asleep at night!




If you know an outage is possible, fill up your tank! You never know how bad it could get and if you need to flee, it may be hard to get gas with everyone else in the same area trying to do the same thing.


Be prepared to cook outside. You should have plenty of charcoal available. Never bring your grill inside though! Make sure to stock up on enough perishable food items that can be eaten easily with no preparation. 




Think about your pets as well! Stock up on extra food for them. 

Essential items:

  • Cooler with ice
  • WATER! Plenty of if too!
  • Battery operated radio for up to date information
  • Fresh batteries
  • Propane for grill
  • Extra gasoline for the generator
  • First aid kit
  • Matches
  • Paper goods


Click here to read ,"Power’s Out: 5 Tips for a Safe Fridge & Freezer"


Of course there are so many other things to be extra prepared! Click here for extra tips and a great article on preparing for a power outage. 


Also, make sure your pipes are in good condition. If they aren't, you might want to think about replacing them before it's too late. 


Keeping you safe and informed is our ultimate goal!


Until Next Time,

Your ICE Co Team!


 


Safety Matters!

Thursday, January 16, 2014



Ice Co Electric has been committed to work safety since our doors opened. That’s why we have regularly documented safety training on electrical hazards in the work environment. Maintaining safety is essential for providing successful business operations.  


Safety comes in many forms. From being safe in the workplace, watching your surroundings at night, wearing the proper attire, and locking your doors to prevent a break in.




Your family means a lot to you, just like our Ice Co Electric family means a lot to us. That’s another reason we strive for safety at every turn, every day.


This week, our focus is on safety in general. It’s crucial to remember ways to be safe and to strive for safety everyday. 





It is critical to wear the proper uniform for your work station. Whether it’s just closed toed shoes or completely decked out with your hard hat, ear plugs, goggles, etc. Your uniform is designed to keep you safe!  


Being safe doesn't only prevent yourself from harm, it prevents your work family from being harmed as well.

 



Even if your job is in an office at a computer, there are ways to keep yourself safe. Posture, eye level, and the position you sit can have a tremendous amount of strain on your body. Here are some tips to prevent yourself from an injury. 




Failure to follow these guidelines can result in strain to your back or neck. It can also cause your posture to deteriorate. Paying attention to the way you sit can make a dramatic change in your comfort level while working. 

Click here for more tips and a step by step process to finding your perfect chair position to avoid discomfort.



Keeping you safe and informed is our number one goal.

Until Next Time,

Your Ice Co Team!









Productivity

Monday, October 08, 2012

Managing Yourself: Extreme Productivity by Robert. C. Pozen.
To read full article click HERE.

Strategizing with a CEO mindset to deliver excellence to ICE Co. customers. 

Robert C. Pozen is a financial executive, amongst many other highly esteemed career avenues. He is known for “keeping his cool” while living an otherwise chaotic discombobulated life. One of his avenues includes writing for the Harvard Business Review, which is where we discovered this article review.

We all know that juggling a busy schedule can be hectic, and Pozen is well versed in the art of maximizing productivity. He has the CEO mindset, but rather than getting bogged down and lost in the details, he’s outlined 6 steps necessary to master productivity.

Reflecting on his article, we have translated his 6 steps to be most effective for the electrical industry. It didn’t take that much tweaking either. Being productive turns out to be fairly easy from industry to industry. Efficiency is one of our promises, and that is why we like to focus as a company on techniques to better the services we provide.

 

Step 1: Pozen says though you may be able to take on every task needing to be done don’t do it. Choose to do the tasks only you can do.

 

ICE Co. says to ask yourself what are the skills you bring to the table? Everyone has his or her own individual skill set. We suggest using your talents & teaching your strategy to coworkers. As well as relying on other coworkers to use their skills to teach you too.

 

Step 2: Pozen says it’s not the time you spend, but the results you produce.

 

We agree that a quality (and timely) installation takes focus. We propose using off site time most efficiently so that while onsite the work is the focus. With out focus tasks drag out, complicate, and get pushed off which ultimately affects the results produced.

 

Step 3: Pozen says Think first, read or write second. When you start an email reply do you ever get to the end only to realize you message wasn’t clear?

 

Translated, we believe in the 7P’s.  See further info HERE. Proper planning really makes the difference for us. It makes and breaks jobs for us. When we plan ahead, we have happier customers, and better results.

 

Step 4: Pozen says prepare but be ready for change.

 

It’s worth the time to plan ahead (as mentioned above), but being flexible onsite is another success strategy. In the field, ICE Co. isn’t the only fish swimming around, as contractors we have to adapt to in the moment circumstances.

 

Step 5: Pozen says, manage but allow for creative license amongst your leaders.

 

Allowing for experience to develop, ideas to flow & solutions to emerge. Too stringent of an environment will make it hard for employees unique talents to surface. ICE Co. employs highly talented individuals, challenged with new circumstances every day. It is their quest to overcome (and report back).


Any ideas what Mr. Owl's greatest talent is?

 

Step 6: Pozen says keep it short & simple for productivity.

 

With creative license, anyone could steer the wrong direction, but routine job meetings (pit stops) to discuss the happenings is an excellent way to receive correction (fuel up) and head back out on the highway. The key is to keep it simple. Thankfully ICE Co. employees are great at prior planning, so when we meet the agenda is already set.

 

 

As a company, we do make effort in all these categories, and that is one reason we are so proud to be serving our customers.

For more on productivity (there are several theories out there)…


See HERE for a method with college students in mind. 


See HERE for how to manage your growing to do list.

See HERE for the Total Immersion technique.

Let’s get productive!

Industrial Commercial Electric Co.
Power. Current. Grounded


USB Charging Stations

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hello blog followers, we came across this great article and wanted to share it with you!

From EC&M magazine July 2012:

From the wiring devices category, the platinum winner in the 2012 Product of the Year competition combines dual USB charging ports with a tamper-resistant AC receptacle to form a unique wiring device - the combination USB Charger with Tamper Resistant Receptacle.

 

"The typical standard duplex receptacle has not changed in over 50 years, other than for decorator looks," says Michele Salimbeni, product manager for tamper-resistant receptacles at Cooper Wiring Devices. "This is the first time that we've really made a radical change in the product."

In response to the increased use of portable electronic devices, Cooper Wiring Devices transformed the standard receptacle into a device with the ability to charge electronic devices directly from a standard outlet without bulky adapters that can be lost or misplaced. The device's USB charging ports support any electronic product capable of being charged via a 5V power adapter - but without the use of the actual adapter. An LED light indicates that the device is charging. "The only other way to do that would be if you had a powered-up computer that you used to charge your electronics - or if you had an outlet adapter," says Salimbeni. "We looked at these methods and said, 'Let's get rid of the adapter and be able to do it directly from the receptacle.' And that's a pretty big change from what's been done in the past."

  Photo credit to Bend it Like Becker Blog

(Note: Bend it Like Bender Blog has a great DIY strategy for getting rid of the clutter and mess of charging cords.)

 The combination receptacle was initially targeted for residential applications. However, it is also proving popular in commercial locations. "It's primarily residential at this point, but we have been supplying a lot of commercial installations as well," says Salimbeni. "They're popping up at airports and cafes - anywhere you have charging needs, which is anywhere anyone has a smartphone or a computer.

The combination receptacle easily replaces a standard duplex receptacle making charging from a USB port that much easier and definitely a step in the right direction. It also reduces the bulkiness of standard charging adapters, providing a cleaner more sleek look and more opportunities to charge from one receptacle.

Hopefully you find the produce review helpful! Let us know if this is something you are interested in or would like more information about. We are excited to share product reviews as we come across them!


Visit actual article from EC&M magazine


Glimpse into MaxLite

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Cultivate:
To develop and improve [insert verb] by education or training so that it may be used by future generations.

We genuinely seek to cultivate loyal relationships with our customers and vendors and in doing so, we are pretty proud of the quality of work and materials we provide. Recently we were fortunate enough to make a connection with MaxLite.

What is MaxLite you ask? MaxLite Website. They have released a number of technology driven LED 2x2 and 2x4 flat panel recessed fixtures, designed for drop in grid ceilings. Other custom mounting options available.

Compared to the typical 2-lamp fluorescent strip fixture (seen below) the MaxLite products are stellar.


The MaxLite LED conference room and class room applications below expresses how evenly distributed and smooth the light is. Equipped with full spectrum dimmers and a high tech look, we are really impressed with what MaxLite has brought to the table. I'm certain our customers would agree. We recently finished a conference space as well as private offices using a combination of the 2x2 fixtures and 2x4 fixtures. The finished spaces provided a really crisp and professional area for meetings and presentations. If we snag a couple photos of the new spaces we will post with a follow up blog.


Photos Courtesy of MaxLite Website
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