A New Look at Careers In the New Economy

Careers and education are evolving in the United States. The following promotes an interesting way to look at it.

 

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Fall Safety Tips From Electrical Safety Foundation International

  ESFI reminds you to keep electrical safety in mind as the cooler fall weather moves many activities back indoors. The following safety tips will help you stay safe during the change of seasons:

  • Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. Check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
  • Unplug and safely store battery chargers that won't be in use again until spring.
  • Use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture. Make sure electrical equipment that has been wet is inspected and reconditioned by a certified repair dealer.
  • Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
  • Make sure electric blankets are in good repair and certified by an independent testing lab such as UL, CSA or ETL. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut.
  • Do not tuck your electric blanket under mattresses or children, and do not put anything, such as comforters or bedspreads, on top of the blanket while it is in use.
  • Never allow pets to sleep on an electric blanket.

Other Fall Safety

Do It Yourself Electrical Safety - Each year, thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents, electrocution in their own homes.

Power Tools - According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are nearly 400 electrocutions in the United States each year.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters - Learn all about these life saving devices!

Heating Pads / Electric Blankets Safety - Heating pads and electric blankets cause almost 500 fires each year. 

NLB: Inefficient Incandescent Light-Bulb Phase-out Complete on January 1, 2014

Silver Spring, MD – America will conclude its three-year farewell to inefficient general-purpose incandescent light bulbs on December 31, 2013, the National Lighting Bureau advises. On the following day – January 1, 2014 – it will be a violation of law to manufacture in or import into the United States 60-watt and 40-watt general-purpose "A-line" incandescent light bulbs. The process – required by the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 (Public Law 110-140) – began on January 1, 2012, when 100-watt A-line incandescent light bulbs were phased out, followed six months later by a variety of inefficient incandescent R-series reflector bulbs and, six months after that, on January 1, 2013, inefficient 75-watt incandescent A-lines. "As substantial as the energy conservation could be, the environmental conservation could be even more significant," said National Lighting Bureau Chair Howard P. Lewis (Visioneering Corporation), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America's (IES') representative on the Bureau's board of directors. "Again, assuming 100 percent reliance on coal, the reduction would come to almost 970 million tons of CO2 that does not escape to the atmosphere. We'd also see reductions in the emission of other greenhouse gases, mercury, and fly ash."

Continually more power plants are generating their electricity from natural gas, which now makes up one-third of the primary energy used, about the same percentage as coal. Using natural gas creates about half the CO2 as coal. The electric-power industry is also generating more energy from clean, renewable alternative means, like wind, solar, and hydro. "The lighting industry deserves a huge amount of credit for these developments," Mr. Lewis said. "The major lamp manufacturers, like Bureau sponsors GE and OSRAM SYLVANIA, were highly supportive of the Energy Independence and Security Act, even though it meant elimination of one of their most significant product lines. The bottom line is that all Americans can now have better, more versatile, and far more efficient lighting whose energy cost is about one-third or less of what it was before." In fact, once the phase-out achieves its ultimate effect, Americans could be saving more than $20 billion per year at today's average electricity cost of $0.115 per kWh in the residential and commercial sectors.



National Lighting Bureau Executive Director John Bachner said, "Overall, in my opinion, American consumers are being extremely well served by this law. They've been given more lighting choices at a variety of price points, longer-lived light bulbs, especially with CFL and LED types, more efficiency, and lower operating costs. They also derive the satisfaction of knowing that, by taking advantage of these benefits, they are contributing to a healthier environment for themselves and their children. What could be better than that?"

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Congrats to our Simplify your Life Contest Winners!

Sentry Electric would like to say thanks to everyone who entered our Simplify Your Life contest. But now we have our winners.

Congratulations to:

William L. Kohl!

Jay Benson!

Maxine K. Sorensen!

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and remember keep it simple!

 

NFPA Electrical Fire Safety PSA

The National Fire Protection Association has released a new Public Service Announcement about Electrical Safety.

From the NFPA website:

Nearly 50,000 home fires involved electrical failures or malfunctions
NFPA provides electrical fire tips for National Electrical Safety Month

"Electrical fires remain one of the top causes of home structure fires, according to a new report by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The Home Electrical Fires report estimates that an electrical failure or malfunction factored in 45,000 to 55,000 home structure fires reported to the U.S. fire departments every year since 2000.

These fires, which account for 13 percent of total home structure fires, resulted in annual losses of 455 civilian deaths, 1,500 civilian injuries and $1.5 billion in direct property damage during 2007-2011. Any type of equipment that uses electrical power can have an electrical failure or malfunction. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment accounted for 48 percent of home electrical fires in 2007-2011. Arcing appears to account for most home electrical fires, outnumbering overheating by at least 2-to-1 and as much as 7-to-1."

They go on to offer some Electrical Safety Tips.

"NFPA is offering the following electrical safety tips: 

  • Replace damaged or loose electrical cords.
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • In homes with small children, make sure your home has tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles.
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for plugging an appliance into a receptacle outlet.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time.
  • If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuits, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician.
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and use bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage.
  • Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) should be installed in your home to protect electrical outlets.
  • When you are buying, selling, or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified electrician."
Click Here to See the Full PSA

 

Smoke Detectors


There are three types of smoke detectors. Photoelectric, Ionization and dual technology. The Photoelectric sense smoke and the ionization style sense heat. We recommend the dual technology style.

Click Here for more info on Photoelectric and Ionization Style Smoke Detectors.

A good smoke alarm is always the first and best defense against a fire that may occur in your home, but even the best smoke detector doesn't last forever. Most people do not realize that smoke detectors have a lifetime of 8 to 10 years. The photoelectric style get filled with dust and the efficiency is reduced. The older ionization type which usually contain americium-241 a radioactive isotope just plain do not work quickly enough and studies show a 50% failure rate in smoldering fires.

More About Americium in Ionization Smoke Detectors

 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke detectors or no working smoke detectors. CPSC found that the greatest number of faulty residential detectors were the ionization-type, battery-operated, which isn’t surprising, considering that they’re the cheapest and the easiest to install. We can install a dual technology style that can be interlocked so that if  one goes off in the house, they all go off. We can also install one with carbon monoxide sensing which is now required by the City of Lincoln when installing a new gas furnace or water heater.

 

Here are some links about smoke detectors that you may find useful:

 

National Fire Protection Association Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

 

New York Times Article About How Long Smoke Detectors Last

 

The National Association of State Fire Marshals Smoke Alarm Facts



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Sentry Electricians Saves Lives

Thanks to observant neighbors and a couple electrical contractors, firefighters reached a Lincoln family’s home near South 11th and Hill streets just in time to save it from the flames that devoured their garage Monday.

Sentry Electric Inc. employees Alan Kriegler and Dustin Thomas were sitting in a company truck having lunch just after noon when they noticed smoke a half block away.

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Sentry Electricians Save Lives

Protect your Family and Employee's ... eliminate the use of extension cords.


It doesn’t take a match to start a file. An extension cord can do it. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates about 4,000 injuries per year due to extension cords. These injuries include lacerations, contusions, fractures and burns. Even death can result from fires caused by using extension cords. Simply put, unlike hard wiring, extension cords are not designed to carry stronger currents. Whenever possible, hard wiring should be your number one priority. Not only will hard wiring carry stronger current, it will trip the fuse or circuit breaker if overloaded… Extension cords cannot duplicate this safety mechanism. Therefore, if you are using an extension cord to run a piece of equipment, a space heater or an appliance of any size that requires significant power, you are putting yourself and your Family and employee’s at risk.

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About Us

From design to finish, our experienced estimators, project managers and technicians provide the expertise to ensure your electrical project is completed on time, on budget and up to code. We understand that service interruptions are am inconvenience and cost you productivity so we focus on providing expedient services to get you back online as soon as possible without asking the safety of your valuable electrical equipment. We are also absolutely committed to safety and provide ongoing education to our personnel to ensure complete compliance with best practices and standards
Sentry Electric Inc has served its customers with a commitment to service and value we have the experience and expertise to get the job done right the first time Our skilled professionals use only the finest tools and materials. Once we have made the necessary repairs, it’s almost as though the damage never occurred. We provide personalized service and affordable rates.

And if there is anything else we can do to make your experience any better, just ask. We appreciate your interest and look forward to earning your business.

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The service department of Sentry Electric plays a major role in the reputation our company.Sentry Electric has provided the Lincoln/Lancaster County area with reliable service since 1981. We take great pride in responding to our service calls as fast as possible. Our service technicians are radio dispatched and can react to emergency situations with extremely fast response time. Call (402) 467-5550 for immediate assistance