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Why You Need an Electrician

Friday, August 14, 2015

Electrical contractors are crucial to any new build of commercial or residential premises. They can also be incredibly helpful when looking to renovate an existing building, where your expertise is not that skilled. You may feel that you are capable of performing smaller tasks, but where electrics are concerned it is far better being safe than sorry.

Electricians are trained professionals who understand how dangerous the work can be, and how important it is to stick to the strict guidelines. When you are performing any work within your home that involves electrics, you need to consider if you should hire electrical contractors. There are smaller tasks that you may be able to perform with confidence; however, larger jobs may need an expert.

Many people try to do an electrician’s job themselves, which will often lead to problems further down the line. Therefore, making the decision early on in the project to hire contractors will save you both time and money. If you have found that you are in too deep and do not understand what you are doing, you need to hire a professional electrician. They will be able to notify you of the problem and instruct you how to make it better.

Hiring the professionals to carry out the electrical work within your home or business will ensure that everything is done safely. Electricians will be able to install all electrical components around your home. Plugins, ceiling fans, security lighting, light switches and wiring in appliances can all be done with ease. You will be surprised how easy the electricians will make it look; however, they are trained to do their job.

There are many common issues and problems with the wiring in homes all over the world, and typically these issues have arisen from the wrong people performing the tasks. By hiring qualified and experienced electricians, you will be guaranteeing that your home is safe. They will be able to rectify any existing issues, and ensure that all new work is carried out in the correct manner.

 

If you have been having problems for a while, they will source the issue and fix it correctly. Performing jobs around your home and business may seem like a good idea, and you may think that you are saving money, but you should call an electrician the moment that you begin to find problems with the wiring in your home.


Smoke Alarm Safety

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

 

Clear the air with these smoke alarm facts!

 

Did you know?

Three out of every five home fire deaths happen in homes where there are no smoke alarms present, or no working smoke alarms. Most home fire deaths occur because people are sleeping when a fire breaks out.

 

Why take the chance?

By having a working smoke alarm, the chances that it will wake up the occupants of the home and allow them to get out safely, is greatly increased! Prepare your home against the dangers of smoke inhalation with the right equipment, proper installation and an exit plan. 

 

 

Types of Smoke Detectors

There are many smoke alarm brands, but which is the best? All of these brands fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric. Each one detects a different type of fire – but since no one can predict what type of fire may start, the USFA recommends that every home install both types of alarms or a dual sensor smoke alarm.

 

A dual sensor alarm contains both photoelectric and ionization sensors. There are even smoke alarms equipped with strobe lights and vibrations to alert those who are unable to hear a standard alarm. 

 

 

 

 

Where To Place Smoke Alarms

Be sure to place an alarm everywhere that needs protection – every floor! Each bedroom and hallway outside of the bedrooms needs a smoke alarm on the ceiling. The manufacturer’s instructions will offer more assistance on the best place to put your alarm. Know when to call in an expert - only qualified electricians should install hardwired smoke alarms. 

 

 

 

 

Create Exit Plans

Finally, take the time to create and learn exit plans with the whole family. Every room should have an exit plan – the quickest and safest way to get outside. Be sure to practice these exit plans, especially if you have younger children! This will help them to remember the exit strategies in case of an emergency.

 

Keep it safe and remember to make Summer 2014 memorable!


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!

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