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Will it be a snowy Alabama Winter?

Anytime the power goes out, it's inconvenient, but losing power in the winter is particularly dangerous and requires an emergency plan in in the event of a loss of power. Will it be a snowy Alabama Winter?

First, if it does turn out to be a snowy Alabama winter, and your power goes out, don't panic. Often, the issue is a simple fuse - so you'll want to check your fuse box first. If a fuse is the cause of your outage, it's quick and easy to repair.

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Can your electric panel handle all of your Christmas lights?

Well, it's that time of year again. To go with the fully animatronic Santa and reindeers on the roof, or not? Can your electric panel handle all of your Christmas lights?Lots of homeowners worry that they'll pull a classic Clark Griswold move of shutting down the entire town's electrical grid. That's not a real concern, though there certainly is the risk of creating a possible fire hazard or popping some breakers. So, how can you avoid creating an electrical overload and still have the best lights on the block? Read on:

Avoid circuit overload by knowing how powerful your lights are. Most lighting circuits (which typically include outlets) are 15-amp. The basic rule of thumb is to avoid going over 80% of what a circuit can safely handle (no more than 12 amps on a 15-amp circuit). To find out how powerful your lights are, check the packaging that you bought them in. If you no longer have the package, check the tag on the light cord. If the wattage is listed, divide that number by 120. This will give you your amperage. For example, if your light string is 250 watts, your amperage draw is 2.08 amps (250 watts divided by 120 = 2.08). Safely, you could get by with six of these on a single circuit - or go down to five for an even safer bet. Remember, though, that this is only the total for the Christmas lights. If you have other things running on the same circuit, there is less power available for your lights. Identify which outlets are using which circuits by turning off one breaker at a time then checking each outlet. Any outlet without power is on the circuit you turned off.

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Could our electric grid survive an EMP attack?

By: Nicole Stevens

There has been no shortage of controversy in politics today. One of the most prominent subjects is that of the situation between the U.S. and North Korea. High tensions have prompted talk from North Korea in regards to an EMP attack on the U.S. What exactly is an EMP? How disastrous would a potential EMP attack be? Would our power grid survive such an impact? Our current state of affairs prompts these types of questions so that we can be better prepared in case of a potential disaster. Could our electric grid survive an EMP attack?

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Fire Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Month.

According to the United States Fire Administration, fires kill more than 4,000 people in America each year and injure approximately 20,000 more. Nearly 2 million fires are responded to by US fire departments, with three-quarters of them occurring in homes. Fire Safety Tips.

Take advantage of the focus of October Fire Prevention Month to be sure your home and family are protected from and prepared for a fire. Here are some safety tips to help keep your family safe and to avoid injury should a fire occur:

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Latest Tips

Will it be a snowy Alabama Winter?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Anytime the power goes out, it's inconvenient, but losing power in the winter is particularly dangerous and requires an emergency plan in in the event of a loss of power. 

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Can your electric panel handle all of your Christmas lights?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Well, it's that time of year again. To go with the fully animatronic Santa and reindeers on the roof, or not? Lots of homeowners worry that they'll pull a classic Clark Griswold move of shutting down the entire town's electrical grid. That's not a real concern, though there certainly is the risk of creating a possible fire hazard or popping some breakers. So, how can you avoid creating an electrical overload and still have the best lights on the block? Read on:

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

Prompt, quick service, reasonable rates.

dnpmcr
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Aubrey was courteous, prompt and helpful. He knew what I needed quickly. I will be calling him the next time I need electrical service. Gave me a great price.

Diane Lockhart
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My Mother recently came to live with me, and I needed a fan installed in her west-facing room, to keep it cool in the guest room. I had to wait a little bit, but it was worth it. The price was reasonable, I could tell he was conscientious and he made an extra effort to do as much as he could while he was here - including going down through a difficult attic to install, so the wires would not show. Highly recommend. He came with his grandson and they worked a few hours. Hoping to get him back soon for some more work. Thank you, John!

dpiroch
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I had a strange electrical issue in my home, and I was expecting it to be an expensive repair. Aubrey came out very quickly, ran some tests, and knew exactly what it was. He repaired it for a fraction of the cost of what I was expecting. I will absolutely call John's Electric any time I need a professional electrician. I highly recommend this company.

Peter Waldron
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