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.
FishHawk and Riverview Electrician Advice about GFI’s
Are your GFI’s tripping in FishHawk or Riverview?
We’ve gotten a lot of calls from our neighbors in Riverview and FishHawk about holiday lights shutting off. In many cases, it’s simply the GFIs tripping. GFIs trip when they become wet as a protective measure. Although it can be an inconvenience, they are doing their job! It can sometimes take several days for GFIs to dry out after events such as rain or having your home pressure washed. And don’t forget your sprinkler system!
We love our employees and team members. As your certified Riverview and Brandon Electricians, we are currently expanding our team. If you are interested in being an electrician apprentice, give us a call. We would love to speak with you and see if you have what it takes to be a member of our team.
Meet Your Brandon Electricians!
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!
Certified Electrical Contractors in Riverview
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.