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Home Safety Tips for Holiday Cooking

[fa icon="calendar'] December 17, 2020 / by Home Services Expert

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Everything in the kitchen seems to multiply over the holidays: the number of meals and desserts we prepare, the number of kitchen tools that get pressed into action and the number of people who hover close by.

Unfortunately, the number of accidents multiply, too, making the holidays the riskiest time of the year to be in the kitchen. Fires peak around the holidays, followed by injuries caused by knives, cookware, food processors, microwaves and blenders.

Unless you decide to order take-out, you probably won't be able to make your kitchen a completely “risk-free zone.” But you can greatly reduce the risks by following safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Consumer Reports, brought to you by the people who have a vested interest in your safety year-round: Experts in Your Home.

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Why Does My Breaker Keep Tripping?

[fa icon="calendar'] December 11, 2019 / by Home Services Expert

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When a circuit breaker trips, it shuts off power to certain parts of a home. This is a frustrating process to go through repeatedly – it can reset clocks and appliances, and leaves you in the dark until you flip the breaker back on.

Even though it may be getting on your last nerve, there are two things to remember when this is happening:

  • Circuit breakers trip and are designed this way for your safety, to help avoid electrical fires and shock hazards.
  • When a circuit breaker trips, it likely means there is something going on that needs to be addressed for your safety.
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Electrical Safety Tips: Beware of Energy Vampires in Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] October 31, 2019 / by Home Services Expert

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They may not wear a black cape and startle you with sharp fangs, but these vampires also strike at night and instead of draining blood, they will slowly but surely drain money from your wallet. It's not that keeping electrical appliances plugged in isn't practicing electrical safety, but that you could be saving energy by unplugging these energy vampires – those appliances that you leave plugged in overnight and beyond, even when you don't need them or after they've become fully charged.

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Tips for When the Power Goes Out - and What to Do When It Comes Back On

[fa icon="calendar'] October 18, 2019 / by Home Services Expert

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Power outages happen from time to time, and as we’ve seen recently in Northern California they seem to be happening a lot more during fire season to reduce the risk of wildfires. Whatever the cause, and whatever the time of year, it’s good to know what to do when the power goes out.

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Hardening Your Home to Protect Against Wildfires

[fa icon="calendar'] March 15, 2019 / by Home Services Expert

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The threat of wildfires is on everyone's mind in Northern California these days. After the tragic and destructive Carr and Camp Fires that swept through the North State in 2018, there is no doubt this is a serious issue. 

One question on many people's minds is "can I do anything to protect my home during a fire?" While conditions surrounding a fire will vary, and there's no guarantee of 100% protection - there are things you can do to harden your home against embers, which can cause a fire on your property even if you are far away from the flames. 

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Electrical Safety Tips for Your Home

[fa icon="calendar'] March 16, 2018 / by Home Services Expert

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There's no more important thing to think about for your home than the safety of you and your loved ones. When it comes to electrical safety, you shouldn't mess around. Electrical safety hazards can be potentially life threatening, but the good news is that with proper precautions you can reduce any risk of electrical shock and keep you and your family safe. 

At Experts In Your Home, our Chico electricians are only a phone call away if you have questions or would like to have us inspect your home for electrical dangers. In the meantime, here are some tips for electrical safety in your home:

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How to Teach Kids About Electrical Safety

[fa icon="calendar'] October 27, 2017 / by Home Services Expert

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Parents of toddlers often wish they had a dollar for every time they say, “No!” Then again, parents of youngsters, preteens and adolescents probably feel the same way. “No!” is an ageless word that comes part and parcel with parenthood.

Still, this curt, no-nonsense command comes in handy as a toddler is about to chomp on a plugged-in cell phone charger or a youngster with wet hands stands ready to plug in a toaster. As your child's best and most influential teacher, you have much to impart. And electrical safety should be part of your “syllabus.”

But how do you know which concepts to introduce at what age? And what about those concepts? What should they include? Allow Experts in Your Home to shed some light on the subject of electrical safety by beginning with some general tips that can help you every step of the way.

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Home Security: What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Home Safe

[fa icon="calendar'] September 28, 2017 / by Home Services Expert

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When time is running out and the projects keep adding up, many harried homeowners – and maybe you're one of them – have been heard to mutter, “I can't do everything!”

But many smart homeowners – and you're probably one of them – always seem to make time for tasks and projects that will make their home more secure.

If you do nothing else this weekend or next, put these 10 home security tasks and projects on your “to-do” list, courtesy of Experts in Your Home. If you're pressed for time, issue a call for “all hands on deck” and make it a family project. Either way, you'll breathe easier. You'll sleep easier. And you and your family will be safer, too:

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Senior Home Safety Tips

[fa icon="calendar'] August 16, 2017 / by Home Services Expert

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Experts in Your Home tried to cover all the basics in a recent article, “Stay on top of home safety with this list.” But we wanted to go one step further and make sure we covered the full extent of our audience.

Specifically, we know that some older residents in the Chico area have safety in mind – and for good reason: More than one in four people age 65 and older fall each year, though less than half of them tell their doctor, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Stay on Top of Home Safety with This List

[fa icon="calendar'] August 10, 2017 / by Home Services Expert

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They say you cannot be “all things to all people.”

But if you're a homeowner, you probably know that it helps to be “all things” to your house if you want to ensure your family's safety – and avoid breakdowns and costly repairs, too.

It would be nice to fix “all things” at once, but most people don't have unlimited time on their hands. This is why Experts in Your Home has crafted a handy home safety list. You can read it now, save it for later and work your way down it so that, eventually, you will tackle “all things” in your home.

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