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Generator Safety from Your Flushing, MI Electrician

backup generator safety flushing mi electricianWith the most intense part of winter in Genesee County upon us, you may be concerned about losing power in a winter storm. Having a portable generator on hand in case of a power outage can alleviate some of those concerns, but portable generators bring their own set of issues. If used improperly, portable generators can be a real safety hazard. Here are four tips on generator safety from your Flushing Electrician:

Don’t Attach Your Portable Generator Directly to Your Home’s Electrical System Yourself

Many people rush out to buy portable generators whenever there is a threat of a major storm that they fear could take out the power to their homes. However, a last-minute generator purchase usually means the homeowner will fail to use it with the recommended transfer switch. A transfer switch is installed by a certified electrician near your circuit breaker panel. Forgoing the transfer switch could fry your appliances, damage your generator, and could also harm nearby utility workers, as a generator can energize wiring systems for quite a distance.

Using a generator with a transfer switch is not only safer, but it is also more convenient, as you can power multiple appliances (including those that are hardwired) at the same time with just one connection. An electrician at Electrician Express would be happy to give you a quote on installing a transfer switch for your portable generator.

Don’t Overload Your Generator

Make sure you choose a generator with more amps than you think you’ll need by adding up the power requirements of the appliances and devices you plan to use. Overloading a generator could cause it to overheat, which can easily create a fire hazard. An average-sized home can usually get by with a 5000-watt portable generator if you only use it to power a few lights and basic appliances. If you’re looking to power all appliances, including your central air and heat, you should look into a whole house generator.

Watch Out for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Most people know that you should never use a generator indoors—even in garages or basements or in rooms with the windows and doors open—but you really shouldn’t even have the generator near your home. It is recommended that you place a generator at least 20 feet from your home when in use. The carbon monoxide that generators give off is odorless and can act rapidly. You could experience the harmful effects of carbon monoxide after being exposed to it for as little as five minutes!

The Burn Risk with Generator Usage

Another risk with using a portable generator is the potential for burns. After a generator has been running for a while, it is extremely hot to the touch. Many people have burned themselves on their portable generators when they go to refuel them. Before you refuel, turn off the generator and let it cool down. Doing so will not only keep you from getting burned, but can also reduce the risk of a fire, as spilling gasoline on a hot engine could cause the gas to ignite.

Here at Electrician Express, we are here to help you keep your home and family safe. If you are thinking about purchasing a generator for your home but aren’t sure where to start, give us a call. Our Flushing electricians can help you choose one that will meet your home’s needs and get you set up to use it in the safest way possible. Don’t wait until the next big storm is upon us. Contact us now to get prepared for the rest of the winter and many winters to come.

Getting Your Flushing House Ready for the Holidays with Electrical Upgrades

Electrical Upgrades for the HolidaysWhen most people think about preparing their homes for the upcoming holiday season, they think about things like getting out the Christmas decorations, moving furniture around to accommodate a Christmas tree, or extending the dining room table for anticipated dinner guests. Not many people think about calling out a Flushing electrician to make electrical upgrades to their homes. Continue reading “Getting Your Flushing House Ready for the Holidays with Electrical Upgrades” »

Genesee County Electricians That Know the Electrical Codes

genesee county electrical codes

With the internet at our fingertips, we’ve become accustomed to looking things up online. Have a question? Google it. Need a tutorial on how to do a certain home improvement project? There’s a YouTube video for that. Continue reading “Genesee County Electricians That Know the Electrical Codes” »

Our Flushing, MI Electricians Fix Electrical Systems Other Electricians Won’t Touch

flushing mi electricianIt happens more often than you might imagine: one of our electricians shows up to a Genesee County home or business (usually a home) to diagnose or fix an electrical problem and uncovers wiring that looks like a rat’s nest! There are tangled wires, loose wires, abandoned wires, and who knows what else. It’s a mess! Continue reading “Our Flushing, MI Electricians Fix Electrical Systems Other Electricians Won’t Touch” »

Replacing Ungrounded Outlets in Your Home? Call a Flushing Electrician

grounded vs ungrounded electrical outlets

Ungrounded outlets are a common problem in older homes. Prior to the 1960s, these types of outlets were the standard, but due to improved safety regulations, grounded outlets have been required in new homes built since. Grounded outlets protect your home in the case of a power surge. If left unprotected, as is the case if you have ungrounded outlets, power surges can lead to destroyed appliances and electronic devices, or even worse, a house fire. Continue reading “Replacing Ungrounded Outlets in Your Home? Call a Flushing Electrician” »

Grand Blanc Customer Posts Rave Review of Electrician Express’s Work and Customer Service

grand blanc electrician customer reviewRecently, our company received a new review and recommendation by a customer on our Facebook page. We wanted to share this review with you in case you didn’t see it and are interested in what others have to say about the work our electricians do. Continue reading “Grand Blanc Customer Posts Rave Review of Electrician Express’s Work and Customer Service” »

Is the Circuit Breaker in Your Genesee County Home Tripping Regularly? It’s Time to Call an Electrician

circuit breaker panel issues genesee county electricianAt one time or another, the circuit breaker has tripped in your home. You know it’s happened because a portion of your home’s lights will go out, or certain outlets will no longer work. When a circuit breaker trips, it is not usually because the breaker itself is faulty—it is doing what it was designed to do: protect your home from a possibly dangerous situation like an electrical fire. When the sensing mechanism in your circuit breaker heats up, it will cause the breaker to trip, stopping the flow of power and effectively rendering that circuit “dead” until it is reset. Continue reading “Is the Circuit Breaker in Your Genesee County Home Tripping Regularly? It’s Time to Call an Electrician” »

Ready to Have a Flushing Electrician Replace the Fluorescent Lighting in Your Kitchen?

Flushing Electrician Replace the Fluorescent Lighting in KitchenDo you still have a kitchen with fluorescent lighting? Many homes built in the last century have lighting that’s made up of fluorescent lighting tubes recessed into the ceiling. This setup not only makes a house look dated, but it is also not the best in terms of energy efficiency. Continue reading “Ready to Have a Flushing Electrician Replace the Fluorescent Lighting in Your Kitchen?” »

Electricians in Genesee County Who Do the Job Right

electrician genesee countyHere at Electrician Express, we have a slogan printed on our work vehicles. It says, “With the job done right, you’ll sleep better at night.” We wanted to talk a little bit about why use this as a motto of sorts and why it’s important for our customers in Flushing, Michigan and the surrounding areas. Continue reading “Electricians in Genesee County Who Do the Job Right” »

A Flushing Electrician to Help You Properly Install a Wall-Mounted Television

genesee county tv installAre you one of the many families in America that got a new flat screen television for Christmas? If you are, you may also be among those who still need to have it properly installed so you can begin enjoying it. If you’re one of the lucky few, you may already have an outlet and cable connection in the exact spots you need them, making it just a matter of installing the mounting bracket and attaching your television to it. But if you’re like most homeowners, you either need to move an electrical outlet or cable connection or add an entirely new one. Continue reading “A Flushing Electrician to Help You Properly Install a Wall-Mounted Television” »