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One of the Easiest Safety Tips for Parents!

Want an easy way to keep your little ones away from outlets? Block them by placing furniture strategically! For example, placing your sofa or a side table in front of an outlet is pretty effective. (Remember that if you do use those outlets, be sure the furniture is not putting pressure on the plug or cord).

What is a Tamper Resistant Outlet?

Tamper Resistant Outlets have been required per National Electrical Code since 2008 – and for good reason! Can you relate to that terrifying image of your little one moving towards an outlet with a pointy object? If your home has tamper resistant outlets, you can breathe a bit easier.

So how do these work? Tamper resistant outlets contain shutters. The shutters remain closed if an object is inserted into only one side of the receptacle and open only when a 2 bladed or grounded plug is inserted. If you do have tamper resistant outlets, you may find it a bit tricky to plug things in at first. Make sure that you push the plug straight forward. If you are still having difficulty inserting the outlet, examine the plug itself, as that is most likely the issue.

We ALWAYS remind clients that even as products develop and make our lives and children safer, nothing is more effective than supervision!

If you are in need of Tamper Outlet Installer in Ruskin, Tampa, Florida or nearby areas Call Now! (813) 672-4084!! Bryan Hindman Electric are Certified Electrical Services in Florida.

Hurricane Season is once again upon us – let’s talk generators…

With so many choices, choosing a generator can be overwhelming. The most important factor is what capabilities you want to have in case of an outage.

Want to microwave some popcorn while you watch a movie? Maybe use a couple of lights and fans and a running refrigerator is all you need. If so, a small portable generator (3-4kw) is sufficient.

Maybe you need a bit more – the above and the use of a computer, more appliances and a small portable A/C/ unit? Then your best bet is a mid-sized portable generator 5-8kw) , which we generally recommend, sounds like it would fit the bill!

If you would like more information, feel free to give us a call and we can help you determine what the best choice is for you and your family!

Why I Became a Part of the BHE Family

My name is Bessie and I am the Administrative Specialist and Permitting Manager here at Bryan Hindman Electric. As a part of the BHE Family for the past couple of years, I wanted to share why I chose to work at BHE over several other companies and job offers.

I was impressed with their honesty and commitment to Family. However, let’s start at the beginning of my job search. I ran across BHE looking for a part time permit person. I knew all about permits from my previous job with a General Contractor in Port Charlotte. I was also looking for part time work so I could have less stress from the toxic roofing company environment I had been in when I first moved up here. Plus bonus going to $6 movies with my Sun City Center resident mother on Tuesday afternoons. Although I had several offers my first choice was BHE while waiting for them to call me I cancelled a prospective interview because I felt BHE was the right fit for me. Luckily they called me, and my position has evolved from part time to full time from just Permits to Billing, Inventory and Supplies as well. I also help with Marketing and anything else that comes my way. My position is always evolving and I like that it changes over time- never boring! BHE is still my first choice!

Contributed by Bessie, Administrative Specialist

Social Distancing – So, what does 6′ look like anyway?

We are told to stay six feet away from each other. But how do we know what six feet looks like? When we are standing at the grocery store, how do we know if we are too close to the person or too far away?

Imagine flopping down on the couch that is between you and the person in front of you. Make sure it’s an actual couch though, if it’s a chair or a loveseat, you will be too close. Do you practice yoga? That mat that you use is just about the right length to put plenty of space between you and other shoppers. Not into yoga, but love wild animals? Rhinos are about six feet tall, so imagine one down between you and the person in front of you..that should be an incentive to keep your distance. Or you can always get creative like this guy…

Contributed by Trish, Office Supervisor/Customer Service Specialist

Congratulations class of 2020 Graduate

Bryan Hindman Electric would like to help show some love to all of the Seniors who have worked so hard to be able to graduate. If you have a senior that is graduating in Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Riverview, Gibsonton or the rest of the SouthShore Area, please contact us for a free sign for your yard.

****Update on the “Congratulations Class of 2020!” Lawn Signs…We had a great response! Because so many families are interested 😊, we would like to start with the high school seniors (for many this may be the first or only graduation they would have experienced) and then expand to college, middle school, etc. depending upon how many we have. They will be white with black lettering with extra space to allow you to personalize and decorate them for your student and school colors. They are super cute – we’ll share soon.

We are expecting 800 signs on April 30th. Many people have offered to pay for them but this is just a simple gesture to an awesome community which has done so much for us!!! – it’s on us! If you do want to contribute somehow, I have seen a few school groups selling signs as fundraisers so if you are able to, I’m sure they can use your support. We are working on a plan regarding how to distribute them and will keep you updated.

Teaching for Excellence – Sponsored by Your Riverview Electricians

7/24-7/27 Teacher Supply Contest – Are you a teacher getting ready to go back to school?  Go to our FB page to enter to win some great supplies or nominate a special teacher in your life!

Brandon Electrician Teaches Fun Static Electricity Investigations for Kids…

Electricity is highly dangerous, and we, your Brandon Electrician, spend a lot of time educating our customers in neighboring communities – from Sun City Center to Parrish to Riverview – about ways to stay safe. There is one type of electricity that is safe and fun for kids (and curious grown-ups :-)) to investigate! STATIC ELECTRICITY!!!

We recently had the opportunity to visit a preschool in Apollo Beach and share some fun static electricity activities. Grab a balloon and have fun!

1. The Einstein Look – Simply rub the balloon in your hair and watch it fly!
2. Push the Can – Rub a balloon in your hair or on your clothing. Lay a clean, dry soda can on it’s side. Hover the balloon over the can and move it to the left and right. Watch it magically roll.
3. Paper Pick Up – Tear small pieces of paper, rub the balloon in your hair and hover it over the paper. Watch the paper “jump” and stick to the balloon. Try various types of paper – construction paper, printer paper, tissue paper, etc. and see which works best.
4. Bend the Water – This is the most challenging! Turn the faucet on until you have a thin, steady flow of water. Move the balloon around the water. It may take a few tries and some patience, but you can actually bend the stream of water!

Space Heater Electricity Concerns in Apollo Beach, Parrish and Riverview

Tips you may not know about…

  As Floridians, we are often reluctant to turn our thermostats up but reach instead for our space heaters. With so many homes with small children and pets in the Apollo Beach, Parrish and Riverview areas, there are some important tips to follow.   We have all heard the standard safety measures – keep kids and pets away, make sure cords are not a tripping hazard, and keep them on a level surface. Here are a few tips you may not have heard. Opt for a space heater with a an automatic shut off feature, avoid running them overnight, and always check for a UL mark.  

Stay safe and stay warm!

Tripping breaker with fireplace and heaters in Riverview

I must admit that after 20 years in Florida I find I need a parka in 50 degree weather! Like many of our neighbors in Apollo Beach and Riverview, I have purchased an electric fireplace. What better way to cozy up and gain a beautiful piece of furniture?   Just as your toes are getting toasty, your breaker trips! From Mira Bay to Valencia Lakes to Waterset, we are receiving calls about tripped breakers. Many of our customers don’t realize that electric heaters draw ALOT of power. I’m certainly not ready to give up my new fireplace! The answer? A designated circuit.