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Top 5 Things you should know about Smoke Detectors

Top 5 Things you should know about Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors are essential to have installed in your home in order to alert you and your family to a fire.  More than 90% of homes have at least one.  ElectricMan electricians professionally install smoke detectors in peoples’ homes, and we want you to know how to properly maintain them. Your chances of dying in a fire are cut in half if you have a working smoke detector.


  1. Location – Smoke alarms should be on every level of your house and near the bedrooms.  They should be installed on the ceiling or on the wall 6-12 inches below the ceiling. Don’t put them too close to fireplaces or kitchen appliances.
  2. Batteries – Batteries should be changed annually or when a chirping noise indicates the power is low.  It’s easy to remember if you schedule it yearly around the time change in the spring or the fall.  You should test your alarms monthly. Some alarms (mandated in newly build homes) are hardwired into the electrical system and interconnected so that if one goes off, the rest do also.
  3. Replacement – The National Fire Prevention Association recommends you replace your alarms every ten years, even if the monthly tests indicate it’s still working.  Smoke alarms do lose sensitivity and eventually fail.  It’s a small price to pay compared to your life. Two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or older, non-working, smoke alarms.
  4. Cleaning – Dust, cobwebs and insects can reduce a smoke alarm’s sensitivity.  Vacuum them occasionally or follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to clean them.
  5. Types – There are two types of alarms: ionization and photoelectric.  Both are adequate protection for your home, but one senses flames quicker and the other smoke quicker.  To be extra safe, you can buy a combination unit or both kinds.

All the electricians at ElectricMan are highly trained, licensed, insured, background checked and drug-tested for your best interests and safety.  Being family owned and operated, this is important to us in our mission to provide quality service. Call us today for the very best Dallas electricians!

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ElectricMan Inc: Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

ElectricMan’s motto is “Quality Electrical Services”, and to achieve this, we feel like it’s our duty to inform our customers of the importance of home and electrical issues that might affect them. One of these dangers is Carbon Monoxide.

Carbon Monoxide is a toxic gas that is odorless, tasteless, colorless, and non-irritating, so it is very difficult to detect unless you have a carbon monoxide detector. It’s often produced by older motor vehicles and other gasoline-powered tools, heaters, and cooking equipment such as furnaces, heaters, wood-burning stoves, electrical generators, and propane-fueled equipment like portable stoves. Simply put, carbon monoxide is produced whenever gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burning.

Carbon Monoxide - The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that carbon monoxide poisoning claims nearly 500 lives and causes more than 15,000 visits to the hospital emergency departments annually.

Symptoms of mild poisoning include headaches, vertigo, and flu-like effects, but larger exposure can lead to severe heart and central nervous system problems and even death. If you do suspect poisoning, get fresh air immediately. Open windows and doors, turn off combustion appliances, and leave the house. Take your pets outside too! Go to an emergency room and tell the doctor. A blood test is the best way to make the diagnosis. Treatment usually involves high doses of oxygen using a facemask.

Prevention is the key to avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning. Have your fuel-burning appliances inspected by a professional at the beginning of every heating season. Don’t idle your car in the garage, even with the garage door open, don’t use a gas oven to heat your home, don’t ever use a charcoal grill indoors, don’t sleep in a room with an unvented gas or kerosene space heater, and don’t use gasoline-powered engines in enclosed spaces. Have carbon monoxide detectors installed.

The National Fire Protection Association says that 93% of homes have smoke alarms but the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that only 15% have carbon monoxide alarms.

Here at ElectricMan, we can professionally install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, because carbon monoxide poisoning is no small matter, and we care about your safety. We’re a family business and we put family first, including yours! We’re also available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

At ElectricMan Inc, we can professionally install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, because carbon monoxide poisoning is no small-matter, and we care about your safety. We’re a family business and we put family first, including yours!

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Dallas Electrician and Small-business owner sets out to change the world one outlet at a time

Dallas Electrician and Small-business owner sets out to change the world one outlet at a time

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Americans dream of throwing off the shackles of the workaday world and trying their hand at something new. That something new often takes the form of owning your own business and that’s exactly what Dallas Electrician, Nick Schaeffer set out to do in 2004.

Back when Nick was still working for other companies, he thought that there had to be a better way to do business; he looked at how his company handled their customers and employees, and thought that the people deserved better. That’s when Nick started ElectricMan Inc. His dream of having a family owned business, and applying the knowledge he gained as a Master Electrician, were the perfect opportunities for Nick to open ElectricMan inc’s doors to local customers. Further, Nick strives to meet his customers’ expectations and do their electrical repair in a quickly and efficient manner, while preserving a strong customer service mentality at an affordable price.. He wanted to be able to meet his customers and do their electrical repair quickly, while still having a strong customer service presence.

After he left his job, he bought a van and outfitted it so he and his electricians could better serve his customers. After spreading the word to his friends and family, word started spreading and the ElectricMan name began coming up more often within the North Texas community. And in 2005, due to the overwhelming amount of phone calls, Nick hired his first employee and bought a second van.

Texas has long been a thriving hub of small business, currently there are over 1.7 million small businesses in the state. And of those businesses, nearly 400,000 have employees. So not only was Nick helping his family, but he was helping other Texas families by adding jobs.

Nick believes that a family owned business is important to his customers, and people don’t want to have to turn to a huge, faceless corporation every time they need something. People want options and when they can call their local electrician, they want him to be local and able to come out and do the work the right way. ElectricMan started with the slogan, “Whenever there’s an emergency, its Electric Man to the rescue!”And that stays true today, whenever customers are in need, they know to call ElectricMan, and he will go above and beyond to make sure his customers are taken care of right.

ElectricMan Inc. achieved success through constant attention to customer service and through their family owned business values. Nick’s wife Michele, his sister in-law El, his daughter Lauren and his father-in-law all work at the business in various capacities. But, they all work as a family and they are dedicated to see ElectricMan Inc. grow to become something their whole family will be proud of.

Nick may not have set out to change the world but his principles of family owned business and employing local Texans has fostered an environment for success. And the entire ElectricMan family is proud of it.

Are you a small business owner with an interesting history? Post it as a comment! We’d love to hear about it.

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Dallas Electrician: Top Electrical Installation Tips for New Home Owners

Dallas Electrician‘s Top Electrical Installation Tips for New Home Owners

Buying a home is a wonderful investment, and your home will be your sanctuary for years to come. Of course you want your home to be perfect; no home owner dreams of such things as a flood or an electrical problem. However, these problems do occur, and while flooding may not be preventable, you can always take the necessary steps to prevent electrical problems. If you plan on installing electronics in your home, electrical safety should be one of your top concerns. Electrical fires can cause irreparable damage to your home, but Dallas electricians like ElectricMan Inc. can help correct your existing electrical problems or provide assistance with installation.

There are ways to prevent electrical problems in a new home, and the electricians at ElectricMan can help, so consult someone knowledgeable before you begin your home improvement. What are some ways to prevent electric fires in your home?

This is why you should own surge protectors

Lightning Strikes Cause Power Surges

  • Whole House Surge Protectors

There are over 53,000 electric fires in the U.S. each year, but these can easily be prevented with the help of a whole house surge protector. Surge protectors prevent the discharge of excess electricity due to lightening storms or blown circuits. If your home is prone to electrical surges, a whole house surge protector may be just what you need to prevent an electrical fire.

  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter

A GFCI outlet is a device which increases safety by reducing the risk of electric shocks. Most building codes now require that GFCI outlets be installed in wet areas like bathrooms, kitchens, garages, laundry rooms, and outdoor areas. GFCI outlets monitor for current imbalances and break the circuit if such an imbalance occurs. They are an important safety measure and should be installed whenever there is water and electricity.

  • AFCI’s (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter)

Did you know that 30% of all surges and outages are caused by lightning strikes? These lightning strikes don’t even need to hit your home directly to cause major damage. In fact, just a strike within a half mile radius can cause permanent damage to your appliances. Installing AFCIs in your home are just one of the ways to lessen the side effects of voltage surges, and prevent residential fires. Indeed, 50% of residential fires could have been prevented, according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

 

If you use any of the tips we provided, you are already on the right track to living carefree in your new home. And if some of these tips seem too complicated, we are only a phone call away.

Are there any tips that you’d like to add to the list? Post in the comments. We’d like to hear what you have to say. 

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Deck the Halls…Safely

If you’ve ever seen “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” you’ll know that Clark Griswold’s perception of Christmas decorating is a bit extreme.  Although that movie is comical, in reality electrical safety is no laughing matter, and an electrical fire can ruin your holidays instantly.  Here are a few holiday decorating safety tips.

  1. Check your smoke detector. The holidays are a great time to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detector is working properly.  Studies have shown that when houses have working smoke detectors, the chance of death from fire is cut in half. Having all of your loved ones in your home can be a great reminder of the importance of fire safety.
  2. Buy the right equipment. Make sure that any decorations you purchase are UL-listed.  UL is an independent organization that tests products to make sure they’re safe for use.   If you don’t see the little UL symbol on the decoration, don’t buy it.  Also, be sure to purchase at least one surge protector and some power conditioners for your lights.
  3. Don’t overdo it. As tempting as it is to plaster the outside of your house with holiday lights, it’s important to decorate responsibly.  Typically, no more than three strands of lights should be connected end-to-end to prevent overheating.  Also, be cautious of older houses, as the old wiring could be too weak to handle the amount of lights you want to plug in.  Keep in mind that there are over 2 million houses in the DFW area that are more than 20 years old.  The last thing you want to do is blow a circuit and have to call an electrician during the holidays.
  4. Keep your tree watered. According to the US Fire Administration, Christmas trees cause 250 fires each year, resulting in 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and over $13.8 million in damage.  If your tree isn’t watered enough, an electrical short in your lights or an open flame can turn your tree into a giant fireball.  Making sure your tree is properly watered is a great form of fire prevention.

The holidays are meant to be enjoyed with friends and loved ones, and by following these few safety tips, you can help to make sure you’re not a victim of a “Clark Griswold” Christmas.  If you want to learn more about your home’s current electrical state, contact the best electrician Plano has to offer.

Happy Holidays!

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Power Surges and How You Can Defend Your Electronics Against Them

Did you know that proper surge protection could help avoid short circuits and fire hazards?  In fact, using up-to-date surge protectors (suppressors) for your appliances, or even your entire house, could save you thousands of dollars in property damage. These are just a few reasons why surge protection should be of the utmost importance for you and your home this holiday season.

What are power surges?

First, before diving deeper into the different advantages of protecting your home against power surges, it’s important to understand what electrical surges are, and why they’re such a concern. An electrical surge, also known as a “voltage surge”, is an electrical disturbance that can be caused by a variety of spikes in voltage. More specifically, these surges are usually caused by lightning strikes, power outages, short circuits, or tripped circuit breakers. Problems occur when these short spikes in electrical power overload circuits in home appliances and other electronics.

Why is it so important to protect your home against power surges?

For starters, power surges can be very dangerous for you, your family, and your house. Surges are one of the most common causes of house fires, usually resulting from a combination of faulty wiring and irresponsible electronics hook-up by homeowners. This is especially apparent around the holidays.

According to the Cheltenham Fire Department, “when putting up holiday lighting, surge protectors should be used instead of relying on extension cords.” Now, more than ever, people should be cautious about electrical disturbances and the possible danger they pose to their electronics—and even more importantly—their lives.

Even if a power surge doesn’t turn out to be dangerous, it can still be very costly.  As a matter of fact, power surges can pack enough of a punch to short the power supply in a desktop computer, television set, or even a microwave. Basically, anything with internal electronic circuits can be affected by a voltage surge.  That’s why it’s imperative that everyone use surge protectors for each and every appliance in their home.  At the very minimum, one should consider whole-house surge protection, or even just safeguarding higher-priced appliances such as LCD Televisions, microwaves, and desktop computers.

The Benefits of Power Conditioning and how controlled voltage delivery could save you money

Aside from protecting your home from voltage surges, you should also consider the amount of energy that is wasted from many of your appliances. And remember that with wasted energy comes wasted money.

One money-saving solution may be installing power conditioners in your home. Simply put, a power conditioner is a device that delivers clean (steady) power to your devices. It is designed to distribute a stabilized and continuous voltage level which eliminates dips and line static—important for all of you who own surround sound systems in your home theater.

As a consumer, it’s important to be informed about devices and services that can save you money, improve the longevity of your investments (e.g., Flat-panel television, etc.), and even protect your home.

If you have any more questions about power surging, or if you decide that you would like to look into protecting your home against electrical surges, contact our helpful team at ElectricMan Inc. We are here 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to serve you.


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Electric Service Panels: Federal Pacific Panel Hazard!

There’s been a lot of questions about Federal Pacific Electric Panels.  The Dallas Morning News ran an article on the potential of fire that these panels possess.  As an Electrical Contractor with 27 years experience, I can tell you first hand that these electrical panels are unpredictable and unsafe.  We had a customer who was renting a house and was having an electrical problem. We told her it was due to her electrical panel.  This Federal Pacific Panel was overheating and beginning to melt.  We informed her that she needed to change it.  She got back in touch with us Sunday night to schedule for Monday morning to have the panel replaced.  We told her we would be there at 9am and she said she had to drop her kids off at school and would prefer a 9:30am appointment.  When we showed up at 9:30, she showed up at the same time and we were both greeted by the Fire Department trying to put out the fire in her home due to the electrical panel.

Failure of these panels is not an “if,” but “when.”  A quick evaluation by a licensed and knowledgeable electrician can make a big difference.  Don’t gamble on your security, call and get the free evaluation today!

About ElectricMan Inc.

ElectricMan Inc. is one of Dallas’ most trusted electricians. Nick Schaeffer, Mr. ElectricMan himself, has quite the resume for a master electrician. He started the company by himself in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since! For more information about Electricman’s list of electrical repair services, please visit www.ElectricManInc.com

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Electrician Plano Tx: Customer Service is #1 here at ElectricMan

The heat is at it’s peak and so is your air conditioner!  As a licensed Plano electrician, ElectricMan is experiencing high call volume due to over heating of the A/C Breaker.  This is caused by 2 things:  1, is of course the air conditioner running full time to keep up with the demand for cold air, and 2, loose wiring at the air conditioning breaker at your electrical panel.  With a simple maintenance checkup on your electrical panel, you could save yourself LOTS of MONEY!  Many electrical panel replacements and air conditioning unit replacements could be avoided with this simple routine maintenance.  Our licensed and experienced technicians do this maintenance in less than a half an hour and that could keep you from going without power and parting with that hard earned money.  Summers are meant to be enjoyed, live life to its fullest!

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The stormy season is here! With Dallas Electrician ElectricMan Inc.

Well, the stormy season is upon us with thunder and lightning all around…..are you prepared?  Do you have whole-house protection from lightning strikes and power surges?  With the continued uncertainty of Texas weather, it’s important to be protected year round!  Here at ElectricMan, a licensed Dallas Electrician, we offer whole-house surge protection, as well as Green-friendly electric service alternatives.  Just give us a call for more information!

-Your team here at ElectricMan

(972) 792-7270

www.electricmaninc.com

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