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History of HalloweenThe History of Halloween states Halloween originally evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain.  This Holiday marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.  Some believed Samhain also marked a day when the dead crossed over into this world. During Samhain people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.    In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft.

By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties, and despite efforts of many communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations.  Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share in a Halloween celebration. In theory, families could prevent tricks by providing small treats to children.

As time has passed, this holiday has transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a modern day festival, involving “Trick or Treating”, pumpkin carving, costumes, and candy.

Halloween Facts:

  • Bobbing for apples dates back to the Celts‘, it was thought that  the apple could be used to determine marriages.  Young unmarried people would try to bite into an apple floating in water or hanging from a string; the first person to bite into the apple would be the next one to be allowed to marry.
  • Pranks have long been a part of Halloween, by the late 1800s, the pranks on Halloween included tipping over outhouses, opening farmers’ gates and egging houses.
  • Carving Jack-O-Lanterns came to American from the Irish immigrants, Jack O Lanterns were named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisp or jack-o’-lantern.
  • 46% of adults carve pumpkins on Halloween
  • Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.
  • 35 million pounds of candy corn is sold annually
  • 5 % of Americans dress up their pet for Halloween
  • 50% of Americans decorate their yards for Halloween

Denver Electrician Piper Electric Co., Inc. wishes you and your family a safe and Happy Halloween.  We hope you enjoyed this brief History of Halloween.

 

*Taken in part from History.com

 

Electrical Safety Facts & Tips Denver

Electrical Safety Facts & Tips

The National Safety Council Electrical Safety Facts & Tips can help minimize electrical hazards and cut down the risk of accidents through education.

Electricity is nature’s most versatile form of energy.  The power of electricity can be dangerous if it is not used correctly. Electrical energy can damage property and ignite fires. It is important to ensure your safety around “Hot” electricity. The hazard of electricity cannot be eliminated, but it can be controlled. The more you understand about electrical energy, the safer you will be at work and home:

 

What causes electric shock?
You can get an electric shock if you touch a grounded surface and hazardous electrical equipment at the same time. The shock happens when the flow of electric current (amperage) from the electrical equipment goes through your body to the ground.  Just a small amount of amperage can hurt or be fatal.

 

Protecting yourself at work

  • Are you aware only trained, qualified and authorized employees are permitted to work on electrical equipment?   Denver Electric Company Piper Electric Co., Inc. has licensed and background checked staff on call and waiting to help you with your electric needs.
  • Are your electric systems up to Code?  Trust Piper Electric Company, in Arvada, to ensure your work meets code standards.
  • Are extension cords and appliance cords in good repair and properly rated for the way they are intended to be used?
  • Are you using 3-prong receptacles for 3-prong plugs?
  • Are you protecting yourself with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) in wet/damp areas like kitchens, bathrooms and outdoors?
  • Are you protecting your equipment and home with circuit breakers?
  • Are you closing electrical control panels and covering receptacle boxes?
  • Do you use equipment and tools the way they are designed to be used?
  • Do you report immediately any damage or defective equipment, power hand tools or machinery?
  • Are you looking for posted signs that identify electrical hazards? Are you following lockout/tag out procedures?

 

Piper Electric Co., inc. can help with all of your electrical needs, commercial electric or residential electric.  We are located in Arvada, Colorado and serve Boulder, Denver, Thornton, Westminster, Highlands Ranch, and most cities along the front range.

 

Thanks to the National Safety Council for Electrical Safety Facts & Tips

Careers in Construction DenverBuild Your Future, Proclaims October as Careers in Construction Month.  Your Denver Electrician  – Piper Electric Co., Inc. – is celebrating all month long on Social Media. Careers in Construction Month runs all through October.   www.byf.org

Build Your Future is dedicated to showing America’s youth the rewarding career opportunities available in construction. BYF is once again declaring October “Careers in Construction Month.”

Careers in Construction Month provides an opportunity for industry and schools across the nation to partner locally to host construction career events and programs. With the ever growing need for skilled professionals in the construction industry, there has never been a better time for education and industry to work together to help students build successful construction career pathways.   Construction careers in today’s market are all about high-tech, high-stakes, huge earning potential and the opportunity to travel the world. You might think that a four-year degree is the only path to success, but skilled trades are an option for many.

For more information about Careers in Construction Month or Build Your Future, visit www.byf.org.

– By 2018, fields like construction and manufacturing will provide nearly 8 million job openings, 2.7 million of which will require a post-secondary credential. (Pathways to Prosperity, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

– By 2018, fields like construction and manufacturing will provide nearly 8 million job openings, 2.7 million of which will require a post-secondary credential. (Pathways to Prosperity, Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Piper Electric is Hiring, stop by and fill out an application at 5960 Jay Street in Arvada, CO.