Archive: Electrical

Outdoor Fall Maintenance Essentials

This fall and winter, make sure you are taking all the necessary steps to keep your home, and especially your heating, plumbing, and electrical systems, working safely and efficiently. Here is our Outdoor Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to help you prepare ... Read More

Common Electrical Hazards in the Home

Many people are unaware of the electrical hazards that are present in their own homes, apartments, or workplaces. But with some basic electrical safety knowledge, most electrical fires and electrocutions could be avoided. With the holiday season quickly approaching and it ... Read More

May is National Electrical Safety Month!

Brubaker Inc. is Raising Awareness with Electrical Safety Inspections Your home may have important electrical components which are expired or no longer functioning properly Let Brubaker Inc. make sure that your family is safe and sound The U.S. Fire Administration reports that during ... Read More

Time to Spring Ahead!

It's time to Spring Ahead again, but does it really matter? What kind of winter has this been?  Well, it depends on where you live.  Here in Lancaster County we had an early snow.  It seemed like it might be a ... Read More

Be Sure to check your Smoke Alarms this Weekend!

Time to check your smoke alarms when you turn back your clocks This weekend it will be time to “fall back” into Standard Time. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, which means you’ll want to check your ... Read More

Thunderstorm Safety Tips

Do you know what to do to stay safe? It's that time of year again when we are approaching that confluence of peak time to be outdoors coupled with the greatest threat of thunderstorms.  While most all of us love the ... Read More

Let’s Spring Ahead!

What an interesting winter it has been.  Not a lot of snow, and not many severely cold days. We did have a few cold snaps where we had to be ready for frozen pipes and other worries; and of course ... Read More

Did you?

Originally published in 2015, we thought it would be good to bring back again.   This weekend was the established time that we were to change our clocks (for those clocks not in our smart phones or computers). Did you take the ... Read More

Smoke Alarm Alert: 3 Vital Tips That Could Save Your Life

Smoke alarms and your safety are something that we take seriously here at Brubaker Inc.  Do you have them in your home?  If so, what condition are yours in?  Do you know what kind they are?  We have previously discussed ... Read More

May is National Electrical Safety Month!

Don't Overload Your Home According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded ... Read More

It’s cold out!

It's the first real taste of winter this season.  Be sure to do these things to make sure it isn't bitter. For the latter part of 2015, there were some who were wondering if we would ever have anything like a ... Read More

Did you?

This weekend was the established time that we were to change our clocks (for those clocks not in our smart phones or computers).  Did you take the time to do one other thing as you changed your clocks?  If we forget ... Read More

Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2015. Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone.  An online questionnaire distributed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) showed that less than half (42 percent) ... Read More

Is Your Challenger Brand Electric Panel Safe?

Certain types of Challenger electrical panels and breakers catch fire!  Really!  Check your panel today, as Challenger was very popular in the '80s and '90s. Circuit breakers are designed to keep you and your family safe. However, there are a ... Read More

Is Your Electric Panel Safe?

How old is your panel? What brand is it? Today, more than ever, we depend on electricity. Everything seems to operate off of electricity, or has electric components in it that are critical to its operation or performance. Most people have ... Read More

May is National Electrical Safety Month!

Are you as safe as you can be around electricity? People are injured or killed by electricity every year. Statistics tell us that there are over 400 electrocutions and over 4000 non-fatal injuries every year in the United States. That is ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Spring is finally here and it’s time to make some quick checks around the house .. Here are some quick and immediate plumbing tips for you to consider as the weather starts to warm. Plumbing When turning on water valves for the ... Read More

Did You Remember?

It's that time of year---don't forget to change the batteries in your CO and smoke alarms! Wow!  Two memorable winters in a row! We'll ask the question again just like last year: who isn't ready to 'Spring Ahead' out of this ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Autumn

Plumbing Be sure to disconnect all hoses from outside faucets. A connected hose can prevent proper drainage from the faucet and may freeze and damage the faucet. If you have an outside faucet that is not a frost-proof faucet, be sure to ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Summer

Plumbing Do you find yourself running out of hot water? Check the date of manufacture on your water heater. This can be found on a label on the unit. Typically the first four numbers of the serial number are the month ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Spring

Plumbing When turning on water valves for the first time after the cold season is over, check for any leaks that may result from a pipe that may have had some leftover water in it that froze. Also check for leaks ... Read More

Spring Ahead! And check those smoke alarms and CO detectors!

What a winter it has been!  Who isn't ready to 'Spring Ahead' right out of this frozen snow-filled icebox of a winter right headlong into Springtime warmth?In due time...warmer temperatures hopefully are just around the corner. Many have asked where the ... Read More

Vacation Tips for Your Home

You can easily overlook your support systems when going away for a weekend, vacation, or extended period of time.  If something happens while you’re away, you’ll come home to a nightmare and regret that you weren't better prepared. To make sure ... Read More

Seasonal Tips for Winter

Plumbing Do you have trouble with pipes freezing? Turn a faucet on to a slow trickle on an especially cold night to aid in keeping it from freezing solid. If you anticipate freezing problems or you have time in advance, try ... Read More

60 – and 40 – Watt Bulbs Banned for 2014: What You Need to Know

By Sarah B. Weir, Senior Writer, YAHOO Shine On Jan. 1, 2014, it will be lights out for standard incandescent 60- and 40-watt light bulbs. In order to comply with efficiency standards outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act, which ... Read More

Easy Tips to Cut Your Home Energy Bill This Winter

While the first official day of winter hasn't arrived yet, for many areas of the nation one look out the window would suggest otherwise.  The snow and ice has us thinking how cold it is and that we might be ... Read More

It’s That Time Of Year Again…

...where doing this one little step could save your life. Okay, it's that time of year again.  Daylight continues to recede. There's a little less each day, and now we've hit that point where we need to turn our clocks back ... Read More

Prevent Kitchen Fires!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2013. Do you know what the leading cause of home fires is?  It's cooking!  According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home, followed by heating ... Read More

Ways To Save Money On Your Air Conditioning Costs

If you have central air conditioning or a window air conditioning unit, you can cut your electric bills significantly, especially in very warm climates, by following these energy-saving cooling tips for when the cooling season begins. When buying a window air ... Read More

Are standard incandescent bulbs eventually going to disappear?

By TOM KNAPP, Staff Writer, The familiar glow of an incandescent light bulb will soon be a dim memory. The harsher glare of the compact fluorescent lamp, which was introduced as an energy-saving alternative, also might be on its way to ... Read More

Could This Happen To You?

Be sure to check your home heating system and that you have working CO detectors. It's that time of year again.  An article in the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era (11/20/12) reported a situation that could have ended tragically. A family’s heating system was ... Read More

It’s that time of year again, when we ‘Fall Back’ and change our clocks.

It's also a great time to perform a few other basic safety-related procedures around your house. This weekend, we will be setting our clocks back 1 hour.  This is a great time to do a few other things, such as change ... Read More

What To Do If You Should Lose Power

By now we are all feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Eastern third of the Nation.  This may go in the record books as one of the largest storms, in terms of geography (not necessarily intensity) ever. Here is ... Read More

Are You Prepared?

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2012.   How good is your knowledge of history?  Remember hearing or reading of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871?  Tradition has it that it started when the O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in ... Read More

Speaking of Smoke Alarms…

So you have smoke alarms in your home already?  Do you know what kind they are?  Did you know that they could possibly not go off in time? NBC's Today Show and Nightly News highlighted the importance of having both photoelectric ... Read More

Faulty Circuit Breakers in Thousands of Homes Could Cause Fire

Federal Pacific Electric breakers, mostly found in homes built before 1990, sometimes don't trip. By Chris Glorioso and Tom Burke of WNBC Channel 4, New York Originally broadcast Thursday, May 10, 2012. Video courtesy of WNBC Channel 4, New York . Circuit breakers ... Read More

The Importance of Grounding and Bonding

Grounding in electrical systems in homes, businesses, and industries is something that many people do not understand and/or take for granted. It is not uncommon for the grounding pin to be removed from the plug of an appliance or extension ... Read More