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.

FishHawk and Riverview Electrician Advice about GFI’s

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!

Join our Riverview Electrician Team – Looking for an apprentice

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.

How to protect yourself from contractor fraud

As a State Certified Electrical Contractor, we feel that it is imperative that we continue to educate our customers in Riverview, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Wimauma and surrounding areas how to protect themselves against contractor fraud.  Be aware that a first offense for unlicensed contracting is a 1st degree misdemeanor.  However, offenses committed during a Gubernatorial declared state of emergency, such as a hurricane, is a 3rd degree felony.  This is when unlicensed contractors are most likely to prey upon those looking for help after a storm.  Follow steps to ensure anyone you hire is licensed and be careful!

Hurricane Season & Generators

Hurricane Season & Generators

As we find ourselves in the middle of hurricane season, there has been lots of conversation regarding generators!  We have been busy not only installing the necessary components for portable generators for our customers across the area, from Riverview to Apollo Beach, but also giving presentations at local clubs.
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Hurricane Season & Generators
Hurricane Season & Generators

Get ready for Trick or Treat Street at Riverview High School!

Get ready for Trick or Treat Street at Riverview High School!

Just wanted to share that the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce’s will be held on October 27th from 2-6.  Local businesses join the chamber,  Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation and Riverview High School to offer free trick or treating, costume contests and lots of other fun events.  We’ve had a great time participating in sponsoring The Scare Zone in the past and enjoyed bringing Emma as a guest last year for some fun family trick or treating!  Don’t worry – the creepy 🙂   photo of Bryan and I as Raggedy Ann and Andy was in the Scare Zone  -the rest of the festivities are perfect for little trick or treaters!  Don’t forget to bring your furry friends for a special costume contest as well.  Riverview sure knows how to party!!!
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Meet Your Brandon Electricians!

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!

Brandon Electricians

 

Certified Electrical Contractors in Riverview

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.

 

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Are Home Phones Obsolete?

Are Home Phones Obsolete?

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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.