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Light Up Your Holidays Safely

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Light Up Your Holidays Safely
 

Light up safely over the holidays:

  • Choose the right light for the job: light strings and other decorations are rated for indoor or outdoor use. Read the package instructions, and never exceed the recommended wattage.
  • Replace damaged electrical products (cords, plugs, ornaments).
  • Avoid plugging too many lights and decorations into an outlet. Overloaded circuits can overheat and start a fire. 
  • Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) outlets when plugging in outdoors
  • Buy holiday decorations that have the mark of an accredited certification agency on the package. 
  • Once the package is opened, remember to check for the appropriate approval sticker appearing on the cord for products incorporating light strings. 

Extension Cords/Plugs:

  • Avoid overloading circuits with plugs and extension cords—this can create overheating and result in a fire. Fuses that frequently blow and circuits that trip can indicate too many items are connected to the circuit.
  • Never remove the third prong on plugs—this "grounding pin" prevents shock in the event of electrical equipment failure.
  • Plug outdoor electrical decorations into Ground Fault (GFCI)-protected outlets.
  • Don't run extension cords under carpets, through doorways, or in places where they can be damaged by furniture 
  • Keep outdoor connections above-ground and out of puddles; don't run them across driveways and/or walkways.

Installing Decorations:

  • No more than three light strings can be safely connected together in most cases—read manufactures instructions for directions. 
  • Make sure bulbs don't touch supply cords, wires, cloth, paper, or any material that's not part of the light string.
  • Use the proper clips for securing lights and decorations. Staples and nails can damage electrical cords.
  • Check for overhead power lines before using a ladder to put up decorations, or when you're hanging lights or decorations on trees.
  • Holiday decorations aren't designed for year-round use and can deteriorate over time. Take them down when the holidays are over.

Remember to:

  • Watch that children don’t put electrical decorations or cords in their mouths.
  • Keep an eye on pets that may chew or damage electrical cords.
  • Turn off holiday lights and decorations when you leave the house or go to bed.

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.


Home Electrical Safety

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tips for Home Electrical Safety

U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths, 1,518 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.

With that being said, it is very important to make sure all of your electrical appliances, extension cords, light bulbs and other equipment is in good working condition.

Always ensure you replace or repair appliances that are damaged. Cracked cords, broken plugs and any burning smell from the appliance need to be looked into immediately. If you are leaving your home for a significantly long period of time, it is a good idea to turn-off and unplug heavy duty appliances such as ovens, A/C, heaters etc.

Unplug unused appliances and stow cords safely out of reach of pets, young children or hazardous situations.

Always follow appliance instructions carefully, and do not attempt amateur repairs or upgrades.

Do not staple or nail cords in position at any time; if the cord does not remain where desired, use tape or twist ties to secure it.

Cords should not be placed beneath rugs where they can become a trip hazard or where frays will not be noticeable. Furthermore, covering a cord will prevent it from keeping as cool as possible.

Do not overload outlets with multiple adapters or power strips; relocate cords instead.

 

Lastly, use bulbs that have the correct wattage requirements for each fixture. Using a higher wattage bulb can cause the fixture to overheat.




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



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