Keeping Kids Safe: Teaching Electrical Safety in a Wired World

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As parents, keeping our kiddos safe is always top of mind, especially in today’s tech-filled world where gadgets are everywhere. It’s super important to teach them about electrical safety early on, but when’s the right time to start? And how do you make sure those lessons are right for their age?

Well, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but experts reckon even little ones as young as three or four can start grasping the basics about electricity. For toddlers and preschoolers, it’s all about keeping it simple and straightforward. You’ve got to explain that electricity is powerful and can be dangerous if they mess with things like sockets or cords. Use clear language, show them visuals like pictures or demos, and stress the importance of asking for help from a grown-up when they’re unsure.

As they grow, you can gradually introduce more complex stuff. Elementary schoolers can learn about not poking things into outlets and using devices responsibly. And as they hit middle school and beyond, it’s time to dive into the nitty-gritty science behind electricity. Think circuits, currents, and the importance of safety devices like surge protectors.

And don’t forget to lead by example! Show them how it’s done by practicing safe electrical habits yourself—like unplugging devices when they’re not in use or using those outlet covers. Make electrical safety a natural part of your family’s routine chats about staying safe at home.

By starting early and building up their know-how over time, you’ll help your kids make smart choices when it comes to electricity, keeping them safe in this wired world of ours. After all, it’s not just about preventing accidents—it’s about giving them the confidence to handle whatever comes their way safely and responsibly.

Click this link to learn more and for helpful educational resources: https://www.esfi.org/kids-safety/

See the Difference: Donate Your Old Eyeglasses Today!

 

Bryan Hindman Electric is proud to support The Lion’s Club International by serving as a drop-off point for old eyeglasses. The Lion’s Club has a remarkable history of aiding those in need, with a focus on vision projects that have helped millions worldwide. Their commitment to community service and vision conservation has made a significant impact, recycling millions of eyeglasses annually to aid those with vision impairments. By donating your old eyeglasses at our location, you’re contributing to a global effort to improve sight and change lives. For more information or to contribute to this noble cause, please call us at 813-672-4084. Let’s make a clear difference together!

Steps of Hope: Walking Together to End Alzheimer’s

We were thrilled to lace up our sneakers and join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an event that hits close to home for many of us. Alzheimer’s is not just a statistic; it affects millions of families across the globe, with over 6 million Americans living with the disease. By participating, we wanted to shine a light on the importance of research, support, and hope for those affected.

Together, with the incredible support of our community members and customers, we raised over $1,500. This amazing achievement goes beyond the numbers; it’s a reflection of the warmth, generosity, and spirit of the people we’re lucky to serve and work with every day. We shared laughs, stories, and perhaps a few tears, but most importantly, we made memories that underscore our commitment to making a difference, one step at a time.

A big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported our journey and donated to our cause. Your kindness is a beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards a world without Alzheimer’s. Here’s to more great times, meaningful connections, and the power of community.

Staying Cozy without Overloading

How to Safely Use Electric Heaters and Fireplaces

As the mercury dips and we all seek ways to stay warm, electric heaters and fireplaces become our go-to solutions. While they offer the comfort of warmth, it’s crucial to be aware of their high electricity consumption and the risk of overloading circuits. Here are some tips to ensure you stay cozy and safe this winter season.

Understanding Electric Heater and Fireplace Power Consumption

Electric heaters and fireplaces are convenient, but they can draw a significant amount of electricity. This can not only lead to higher energy bills but also put a strain on your home’s electrical system, especially if it’s older or not adequately equipped to handle high power loads.

Tips to Avoid Overloading Circuits

  1. Know Your Circuit Capacity: Most home circuits are rated for 15 or 20 amps. High-wattage appliances like electric heaters can draw up to 1,500 watts, which is a substantial portion of a circuit’s capacity. It’s important to know the limits of your circuits to prevent overloading.
  2. Avoid Multiple High-Wattage Appliances on One Circuit: Don’t plug in several high-power devices, like heaters, hairdryers, or irons, on the same circuit simultaneously. Spread out their usage to different circuits in your home.
  3. Inspect Your Heaters and Fireplaces Regularly: Check for any damaged cords, plugs, or malfunctioning components. A damaged heater can draw more power than it should, increasing the risk of an overload.
  4. Use Heaters and Fireplaces Sparingly: Rely on them for supplemental heat rather than the primary heat source. This approach reduces the continuous load on your electrical system.
  5. Consider Upgrading Your Electrical Panel: If you live in an older home or your panel hasn’t been updated in a while, it might be time for an upgrade to safely accommodate modern electrical demands.
  6. Install Dedicated Circuits for Permanent Fixtures: If you have a permanent electric fireplace or plan to use electric heaters regularly, consider installing a dedicated circuit. This ensures that the appliance has enough power without overloading your system.

In Conclusion

Electric heaters and fireplaces are excellent for adding extra warmth to your home, but they require careful use to prevent electrical overloads. Following these tips can help you enjoy their benefits safely and efficiently. Remember, when in doubt, it’s always wise to consult with a professional electrician to ensure your home’s electrical system is up to the task.

Staying Cozy without Overloading

Embrace the Holidays The Women’s Chorus in Sun City Center

Join us in celebrating the joy of the holiday season!  We proudly support The Women’s Chorus in Sun City Center.  This exceptional chorus is set to enchant you with their melodious voices and festive tunes.

Mark your calendars for two spectacular performances:

  • Monday, Dec. 4, at 3:00 PM, hosted at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Sun City Center.
  • Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:00 PM, taking place at Sun City Center United Methodist Church.

Come together with your neighbors and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit. The Women’s Chorus promises to deliver heartwarming performances that will leave you filled with the warmth of the season. Don’t miss these memorable events!

https://www.facebook.com/SCCWomensChorus/

 

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