U.S. fire departments respond to about 350,000 residential home fires every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These fires cause an estimated annual 2,600 deaths and more than 11,000 injuries, which would be far more significant in the absence of residential smoke detectors. According to the NFPA, over 40% of fire-related fatalities occur in homes lacking operational smoke detectors.
Lighting is perhaps the most noticeable electrical application that we tend to think of as a “modern” convenience, yet the technology can hardly be called modern. Consider that if you’re still lighting your Tallahassee Area home or business with incandescent lightbulbs, you’re using 145-year-old technology that evolved from electrical technology developed 221 years ago. While Thomas Alva Edison is credited with inventing the first true incandescent lightbulb in the late 1870s, his invention represents innovations in electric arc lighting, first developed by Humphry Davis in 1802. Even sliced bread, which was invented in 1928, is a newer technological convenience than incandescent lighting.
Electricity is all around you in your Tallahassee-area home, but—“out of sight, out of mind”—you probably rarely think about it as it powers your lights, appliances, and numerous other modern conveniences. Your home’s electricity may be nebulous, but it’s a powerful force that deserves respect and care. According to a recent National Institute of Health Study, electrical injuries in the U.S. cause approximately 1,000 deaths and 30,000 injuries annually, with 20% of these injuries affecting children.
Florida Attorney General Ashely Moody released a consumer alert earlier this month warning the public to protect themselves from the 12 scams of Christmas, which include:
Tallahassee’s Outdoor Kitchens
Given our temperate climate, many Tallahassee-area residents barbecue throughout the year. Not only does barbecue cooking taste fantastic, but alfresco cooking—and dining—lets us spend more of our valuable time enjoying the fresh air and open spaces of our respective yards.
With advancing technologies, security cameras have emerged over the past decade as a first-line security tool on par with alarms for homes and businesses. Sophisticated security camera systems are becoming more affordable, and research has determined that security cameras provide excellent deterrence value against criminal activity. Along with affordability, reasons homeowners and businesses are turning to security cameras instead of or as a supplement to alarm systems include the following: