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Can a Christmas Tree Cause a Home Fire?

christmas-lightsWe often hear warnings at this time of year that, if you’re not extremely careful, Christmas trees draped with electric lights can be a sure recipe for fire, sending your glad yuletide tidings up in smoke. But just how how likely are such accidents to occur? Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of TV’s MythBusters recently decided to conduct a couple of experiments to find out.

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Heat Up This Winter with Cadet's Apex72!

apex72Burr! It is cold out there! With the start of the holiday season comes what we at Prairie Electric like to call Heater Season! Welcome to the merry time of year when old heaters are no longer cutting it and new heaters are the perfect gift to you and your family.

We pride ourselves on our amazing workers and the incredible local companies we work with to provide you with the absolute best products we can imagine. One of our favorites is Cadet, a company that produces exceptional-quality heaters that are 100% Made-in-the-USA! These heaters are manufactured and assembled right here in Vancouver, Washington.

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Prairie Electric Transforms the Beauty Box Spa!

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Our Prairie Electric team is always excited to work on commercial projects that incorporate both wiring and lighting design. Our Lighting Design department is highly skilled at assessing new spaces and blending business owners’ desires with architectural practicality to create stunning settings for your clients and customers.

Beauty Box Spa was one such project - we loved working with the owners to create a luxurious locale for their services. This business provides hair styling, nail application, and esthetics services, all with a fun, “outside the box” approach. The owners pride themselves on using up-cycled and recycled materials to decorate the space.

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7 Tips for a Safe Halloween

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Halloween is almost here and that means it’s time to fill your candy bowls with eerie, sweet treats and decorate your yard and house with ghosts and goblins! With all of the youngsters romping in and out of your neighbourhood and home this year, there are some important electrical safety tips to keep in mind. Our team at Prairie Electric is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe during this spooky season.

Safety tip #1: Keep Electric Cords Away from High Traffic Areas

Electrical cords in walkways can trip you and your family and even cause electrocution if they become torn or damaged. Prevent these issues by wrapping lengths of wire and storing them behind furniture. Wire clips can help run cords up your wall, keeping them off the floor and out of harm’s way.

Safety tip #2: Use Only UL-Approved Lights

Before hanging up lighting decorations, be sure to use only strings of lights that have been tested and approved by Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The label is easily found on the outside of the box and on the electrical strings, and ensures both safety and quality.

Safety tip #3: Don’t Use Out-of-Date Extension Cords

Decorating your home and yard will likely require multiple extension cords. If you aren’t sure that your extension cord is in good condition, don’t use it. Use cords that are UL-approved and be sure that the cord is built to carry the necessary electrical load.

Safety tip #4: Always Check Light Strands

Before you plug in lights for decoration, check the strings for frayed cords or faulty plugs. If there is damage, replace them right away.

Safety tip #5: Don’t Leave Lights Plugged in for Extended Time Periods

Before leaving your home, shut the lights off. Also, turn off lights before you go to bed. This will help reduce the risk of fire from overworked bulbs and wiring, and will also save you money on your energy/utility bill.

Safety tip #6: Use Caution

Don’t staple or nail light strings or electrical cords, as this can cause the string to malfunction, spark, and even catch on fire. In addition, don’t attach cords or lights to metal objects. Use the items as directed in order to avoid danger.

Safety tip #7: Have a Plan

Do you have a fire escape plan in place at home? If so, be sure that you and your family review your plan for exiting the home via the escape on a regular basis. That way, you will be prepared and alert in case of an unforeseen event.

The best celebrations are safe ones! Keep your Halloween fun and danger-free with electrical best practices.

Have further questions or concerns? We’re happy to help! Contact our service team today!

Prairie Team Works with Tiny Heirloom, Now on HGTV!

Tiny-HomeWho doesn’t love hearing about the tiny home phenomenon? These compact, eco-friendly homes, so popular in Portland, Oregon and with eco-conscious, travel-loving individuals worldwide, are featuring heavily in the media lately, from Netflix documentaries to the new show, Tiny Luxury.

The show focuses on the Portland-based company, Tiny Heirloom, who devote their creative and architectural talents to building luxury tiny homes. We were particularly excited about this show because our team has an ongoing relationship with Tiny Heirloom. We have fully wired seven of their luxury homes, an undertaking that has changed our perceptions of what makes a home a home.

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