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!
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!
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.
The certified electricians at Bryan Hindman Electric, LLC, know how to have fun!
Your favorite Brandon electricians took a break from their busy day to get an awesome updated team photo! You can usually find this great group out fixing electrical issues throughout the Brandon and Riverview areas.
This knowledgeable team of 11 can help with all your electrical needs!
Bryan Hindman Electric, LLC, one of the certified electricians in Brandon and Riverview areas are proud to participate in local charities.
When we are not out being your Riverview Electrician and fixing electrical issues throughout the Brandon and Riverview areas, we are proud to assist the Riverview and other local Chambers in their support of local charities.
This month we are proud to work with some great Riverview businesses in raising funds for the Owls Nest Sanctuary. It is quite different from doing replacement electrical panels in Riverview or wiring a boat dock in Apollo Beach, but our Journeyman Electricians were happy for a break and loved working with Possums, Turtles and Reptiles.
Remember when phones were referred to as “telephones “? If so, you may find some humor in my recent experience.
Like many families today, every member in ours uses a cell phone exclusively, the only exception being our three year old (and who knows how long that will last???). We gave our landline up years ago and only recently installed one to use in conjunction with our neighborhood gate.
Last weekend I was in our kitchen doing some baking with our three year old with our two teens busy on their cell phones (ironically) when we were alarmed to hear a strange ringing sound. Four sets of eyes turned to our phones in horror, respectively wondering how on earth our ring tones had changed. Our expressions changed from horror to bewilderment as we realized what was happening. That odd thing on the wall resembling a phone was ringing!
Now it became pretty humorous. I watched as my kids slowly approached it, my daughter’s finger extended, ready to run should it attack. Finally I gave in to giggles and shouted “Guys, you have to pick it up and press the button. Then speak!”
After that humorous scene, I began to think about the advantages of having a landline in your home. Firstly, they obviously offer a good history lesson in the archaic time before the iPhone. More importantly, landlines can be used in case of a power outage. The electricity needed for the phone to operate actually comes through the phone lines. Remember however, you need an older phone that plugs directly into (and only into) the phone jack and doesn’t require being plugged in.
This small additional monthly cost can actually pay off if the power is off for an extended period of time and you need to maintain communication with family or emergency services. So, in a real jam (i.e. when your smart phone dies), your good old landline will be there for you.
While summer lightening may put on an impressive show, it can also cause dangerous electrical surges. A direct lightening strike can cause fire and considerable damage but in most cases it’s the far less impressive events that cause damage. One way to protect your home from electrical surges caused by even minor weather events is to install a whole house surge protectors.
Surge protectors are installed in your electrical panel. They protect everything that is hard wired in your home such as fans, lights, switches, and smoke detectors. It also protects items such as appliances, electronics, and anything else you may have plugged it. It even protects your a/c unit and pool pump! Some homeowners will opt to install additional surge protectors on large items such as a/c units or specialized surge protectors for phone/coax lines and electronics as well. In general, additional surge protectors are not really necessary but may offer advantages when it comes to warranties. The lifetime warranty on the device we install offers additional peace of mind. If your surge protector is ever damaged (which usually means it did it’s job), the manufacturer will replace it free of charge.
For more information, see our post “Sunny Weather & Surges – the little known facts.”