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Summer Safety Tips brought to you by Denver Electrician Piper Electric Co., Inc.Summer Safety Tips

  • Bug Bites – Try to avoid bug bites which can lead to allergic and adverse reactions. Wear protective clothing, use bug repellent and stay on paths etc.
  • Wear a helmet every time you bike.
  • Be safe around the swimming pool, parents should always have 100% attention on their kids.
  • Wear Sunscreen. Not only can it help prevent burns, but it can help deter skin cancer later in life as well early aging of the skin.  Sunscreen should be at least SPF 15 and be applied every 80 minutes.
  • Avoid Poison Ivy, poison oak and sumac. Learn what these plants look like and avoid exposure.
  • Beware of summer dehydration. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink, drink plenty throughout any day, especially when you are in the sun and heat.
  • Know the signs of heat stroke, and seek medical attention if you think you might have it. Vomiting, rapid breathing and increased heart rate are just a few signs.
  • Be watchful of children around the grill. Grills can remain hot long after they are off.  Never let a child touch or cook on the grill.
  • It only takes 10 minutes for a baby’s skin to get a sunburn – keep infants out of the sun.
  • Beware of fireworks, not only are they illegal in many states, they can cause serve burns.
  • Metal on playgrounds can become very hot during summer months, always ensure playground equipment is safe before you place you kids on it.
  • Always wear closed toed shoes when mowing the lawn.
  • Never leave kids or pets in a car – especially during hot summer months.
  • Always remain still if using a sparkler, and douse in a bucket of water when done.
  • Children and poor swimmers should always use a personal flotation device when on a boat of other watercraft.
  • Water wings cannot keep a child from drowning.
  • Do not dive in less than nine feet of water.
  • Hot sidewalks, sand on more can burn the soles of your feet, or damage a pets paws.

 

Denver Electrician Piper Electric Wishes you and your family a happy and healthy summer of 2015!

 

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Summer Energy SavingsTurn Off the Lights
Save 2%*Be mindful about shutting lights off when you leave a room – this is one of the easiest ways to cut your electricity use.   Piper Electric Co. Inc. can help you replace your old light bulbs with LEDs to save even more energy.

Install Ceiling Fans
Save 19% Ceiling fans can help keep you cool in the summer while your AC works less.   Piper Electric has great Ceiling Fan installation coupons.  (Ceiling fans also offer energy savings on heating in the winter.)

Refrigerators = Energy Hogs
Save 4% The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy-users in your home, and if it was built before 1993, it’s a huge energy hog. Be sure to keep the coils clean, and remember the more full it is the better a refrigerator runs!  Always purchase Energy Star rated appliances.

Wash Clothes in Cold, Let Them Air Dry
Save 9% Washing clothes in cold water gets them just as clean as hot, and cuts your washer’s energy use in half. Drying your clothes outside can also save energy!

Use a Programmable Thermostat 
Save 10% nearly half of US homes already have a programmable thermostat.  These can conserve energy year round.

Keep Blinds and Curtains Closed 
By trying to keep out the heat you can enjoy significant savings on your home cooling costs.

“Eliminate Phantom Load” 
Save 5% Many electronics still suck energy even when they’re turned off–such as powering your computer monitor when it’s not in use. Unplug your electronics or plug them into a power strip and switch it off to save on this “phantom load.”

Denver Electrician Piper Electric Co. can help with your home’s electric needs, call 303-422-9219 today.

* Approximate energy savings based on the average home using 11,000 kWh electricity and 19,000 cubic feet of natural gas per year.

Taken in part from GreenAmerica.org