Category : fire hazard

Ting Fire Prevention Can Save Lives

Ting Fire Prevention for Homes

Protect your Loved Ones and Your Home with Ting

Home fires are a major cause of preventable injuries, death and property damage each year in the Delaware Valley and across the United States. Thankfully, taking just a few steps right now can reduce risks and save lives. At Oliver, we’re committed to your total home comfort, and this includes providing you with peace of mind in knowing that you’re protected against things like dangerous fires with the Ting fire prevention system.

How Does Ting Fire Prevention Work?

The Ting fire prevention system proactively monitors your home through the use of sensors that are installed across your electrical network. These sensors monitor for faults and other indicators that an electrical fire may be imminent. If an issue is detected, an alert will be sent to your smartphone, tablet, or other connected devices. Your Ting system can also notify an electrician to ensure that the problem is repaired quickly. While traditional smoke detectors only work once a fire has started, Ting gets ahead of the problem and allows you to have electrical repairs performed to prevent fires before they have a chance to start.

Additional Benefits of Ting Fire Prevention

Another exciting benefit to having a Ting system installed is that you can receive free lifetime replacement of any sensors, and you also receive a $1,000 credit toward any electrical fire hazard repair performed by Oliver. This is an added layer of protection for you and your loved ones, but it can also save you money now and in the future.

Contact the Team at Oliver

Get the peace of mind and protection you and your family deserve by contacting Oliver to schedule your Ting fire prevention installation today. You can call 1-888-810-2681 to speak directly with our customer service team, or you can contact us online right now. We will be happy to provide you with a free estimate and customization options to help you prevent a home fire and protect what matters most.

What Happens During an Electrical Safety Inspection?

…And Why It’s Important

Do you know when your electrical system was last inspected for safety? Was it when you bought your home? Many times, this is the case – major systems are checked for safety when the home changes hands, but otherwise are only looked at when the homeowner notices a problem. Unfortunately, this is not the best path to take when it comes to electrical safety in your home.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical fires account for $1 billion in property loss, 1,000 injuries, and 280 deaths in a year; these fires are caused by a mixture of system failures and avoidable misuse of electrical equipment.

When homes are inspected prior to sale, the home inspector reviews the overall safety of the home according to current codes. The two potential problems here are:

  1. Most home inspectors are not experts in each individual system, so they may not recognize all of the warning signs that a specialist looks for.
  2. Codes change frequently as new technology becomes available and data is compiled about potential risks and hazards.

Oliver’s trained electricians perform an electrical safety inspection that focuses on the safety and stability of your electrical system and identifies the most common warning signs of electrical fire hazards. We also look for ways that you can save money on your utility bills by eliminating so-called “vampire loads” and utilizing dimmers, timers, and energy efficient bulbs. Once the inspection is complete, the electrician gives a full report to the homeowner. If there are any suggestions for improvement, the electrician will prioritize them in terms of potential impact and any other factors that are unique to your situation.

To find out more about our electrical safety inspections, or to schedule an appointment, click here.

A message from the “Safety Elf”

DSC_5329Everyone has an Elf on the Shelf these days! We’ve got our own Elf here at Oliver, who keeps an eye on all the boys and girls to make sure everyone is staying safe! He just brought us this report from the North Pole, we hope it helps you this holiday season:

  • Keep the tree properly watered. A dry tree can catch fire with the heat from the lights.
  • Turn off the lights on the tree before going to bed or leaving the house.
    Blow out unattended candles. Candles are the number 1 cause of fires around the holidays.
  • When going out for Christmas parties leave a few house lights on to prevent a break in. Crime is high around the holidays so try not to leave a dark house for long periods of time.
  • If deep frying a turkey be sure to completely defrost the turkey before putting it into the fryer. A frozen turkey can cause a fire in seconds in a fryer.
  • Use proper GFCI outlets and be sure the ground plug is still intact in any and all cords especially when plugging in outside or near water.
  • Most rooms in homes are equipped with a 15 amp circuit at best. Do not overload any one outlet or one room circuit. Plug in lights at different spots in the house. Remember the other devices that are plugged in already such as your TV, lights, computer, etc.
  • Check the chimney condition and/or flue damper to make sure it is clear and will exhaust the fumes before lighting a fire.
  • Keep kids away from fire crackers on New Year’s Eve. Some have short fuses and will light off faster. The little black cat fireworks can do extensive damage if they explode in your hand.
  • Light off fire works in an open area not near any trees. Dry trees will catch fire.
  • If lighting off a lot of fireworks drag the garden hose to the area just in case.
  • Last but not least make sure the glass is full of milk and the plate is full of cookies for Santa Claus!