24 Apr 2015
1. The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term vernalis Latin for “spring” . The fall and spring equinoxes are the only two times during the year when the sun rises due east and sets due west.
2. The first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere is the first day of fall in the Southern hemisphere.
3. The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions.
4. Holidays that occur in spring include Easter, Passover, April Fool’s Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Cinco De Mayo, and more.
5. One long-term study found that, at least in the Colorado Rocky Mountain region, spring begins, on average, about three weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s.
6. At Chichen Itza, Mexico, the Mayan celebrate the first day of spring with “The Return of the Sun Serpent.” On the evening on the spring equinox, the setting sun creates a triangular shadow on the El Castillo pyramid that looks like a descending snake.
7. In China, the coming of spring coincides with celebrations for the Chinese New Year.
8. For the Japanese, the opening of the cherry blossom, Japan’s national flower, in March or April signals the start of spring.
9. During the spring, birds are more vocal as they sing to attract mates and warn away rivals.
10. Tornadoes are most common in the spring and least common in winter.
11. Honeybees are more likely to swarm during the spring.
12. The U.S. spring season is culturally interpreted to be the day after President’s Day, which is the Tuesday after the third Monday in February, and ending on the Friday before Memorial weekend.
Taken in part from Facts.com
15 Apr 2015
It’s spring again, and most people do a bit of “Spring Cleaning” around their house. Not only should you wash windows, clean out closets, and dust the blinds, but this is a great time to do a little Spring Cleaning – Electrical Style as well.
Enjoy these tips from your Denver Electrician Piper Electric co., Inc.:
- Ensure you have no frayed or worn cords inside or outside your home.
- Be sure all the circuits in your main panel are correctly labeled to corresponding rooms, circuits, or outlets. Piper Electric Co., Inc. can help label any panel, commercial or residential!
- Check for excessive movement when the washing machine or dryer is on, which can put stress on electrical or water connections.
- Make sure the area around the dryer is free of clutter, and clean the dryer lint filter after each load, excessive lint in a dryer can pose a fire hazard. Or hire a professional to clean your dryer vent.
- Locate all appliances away from the sink, and plug counter top appliances into ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
- Keep appliance cords away from hot surfaces like the range or toaster. Unplug the toaster and other counter top appliances when not in use – not only can this save energy, but lessens the fire risk.
- Any electric shock from an appliance can indicate a hazardous wiring condition. Turn the power to the appliance off at the circuit breaker, and do not touch the appliance until it has been checked by a licensed, qualified electrician.
- Ensure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are installed on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Test these alarms to ensure that they are in working order, and replace the batteries if necessary. Piper Electric Co., Inc. recommends the use of Lithium batteries in both of these types of home safety devices. When your lithium batteries need replacing it is also time to replace your home safety devices – about 10 years.
Piper Electric Co., Inc. can help with any electrical project in your home or business, click here for spring coupon offers.
Taken in part from www.esfi.org