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Surge Protectors and Home Safety from Surges

Surge Protectors and Home Safety from Surges

When it comes to protecting your computers, televisions, and large appliances we all want to be prepared.

How do we protect our home and appliances from surges?
There are a few things we can do to protect our appliances and homes from surges.

  1. When you leave the home for more than a couple hours such as overnight or for the weekend, unplug things like televisions, coffee makers, computers.
  2. Invest in surge protectors.
  3. Make sure to not to overload any outlet.
  4. Invest in a whole home generator

Let’s look at surge protectors
When it comes to surge protectors there are a couple types available.

The cord extension surge protectors, which you may see on things like television sets, cable boxes, and computers.

The whole house surge protector which are installed in your electrical panel. These are installed to stop the surge from going through the whole house.

If you are interested in a whole house surge protector, you can call Safe Electrical Service or another licensed electrican who knows how to install these types of protectors.

Even if the directions look simple it is much safer to hire an electrical service to install these types of items.

The whole home Generator

The whole home generator will provide electricity to the home during power outages.

One brand that is very good and highly recommended is Generac.

As with the whole house surge protector, it is always best to hire an electrician to wire the generator to your electrical panel in order to make sure that the line is safe not only for your home but also electrical line workers during a power outage.

How do you know which to buy?
When deciding on what to buy it will depend on several factors

  1. Do you suffer many power outages or surges in the area you live?
  2. Do you have many large expensive appliances to safegaurd?
  3. When it comes to computers; do you want enough time to shut down the computer safely?
  4. During a power outage do you have medical equipment that you need to run?
  5. Do you want to keep food frozen and cold?

These are all things that must be considered when deciding on a surge protector or a whole home generator.

If you have medical equipment you need to run then the best choice just may be the whole house generator.

If you simply want enough time to shut down a computer and protect smaller appliances then a whole house surge protector may be the right decision.

Lightning Protection Systems: What you need to know

Lightning Protection Systems: What you need to know

Home lightning protection systems can help prevent your home or business being struck by lightning.

How the lightning protection system works

Lightning will follow a path to ground; these can be anything from lines for phone, cable, electrical lines, water, or gas, to structures.
Structures can be your home or a business and range from wood to steel.

What are the hazards of a lightning strike?
There are four general hazards of a lightning strike;

  • Fire
  • Damage to building materials
  • Damage to appliances
  • Side strikes
  • Will adding a lightning protection system prevent a lightning strike? No, but it could save your appliances and keep your home or business safe from damage to building materials.

Lightning Protection FAQs

  • Will having a home lightning protection system attract lightning strikes? No, but they cannot direct or influence where lightning hits.
  • Can just anyone install a home lightning protection system? No, you need to hire a pro like Safe Electrical Service to install the home lightning protection system for you.
  • Will any lightning protection work for my home or business? No, each system is specifically designed for the building.

What does a lightning protection specifically work for?
When it comes to lightning protection systems, they will protect the structure.
It will help prevent fire and building material damage during the storm.
What they will not protect is appliances; these things should always be unplugged during a lightning storm.
You can also get surge protectors for things like appliances such as televisions, computers, and small appliances; but again, these things should be unplugged during a storm.

Home lightning protection systems in Chicago
As Chicago receives a fair amount of lightning strikes, actually more strikes than other places, it is best to have a home lightning protection system installed on your residence or business.

This can help you save money from lightning strikes that cause damage to the building material or from a fire caused by lightning.
It will also help reduce rates on home and business insurance so long as your lightning system was installed by a professional.

Finding a professional
If you wish to find a professional in or around the Chicago area, you can call Safe Electrical Service or a licensed electrician.
When hiring an electrician you need to make sure that they have a good reputation. Check with previous customers and the BBB. Make sure to get a quote and time frame for the project.



When there is power blackout, generators can keep a home cool or warm, the kitchen cooking and phones and computers charging. Residential home generators sales usually spike during major storms which mean that most people buy them when the power is out. And most of these buyers randomly choose a generator that can serve the purpose and then have no clue on what to do with it once they get home and as a result most of them bypass recommended installation procedures. So how do you go about when thinking about a home generator?

Know Your Power Priorities

Generators are usually sold by wattage. How much voltage they put out not only determines how many appliances and lights you can run but also how well they can work. Chicago home generators and Safe Electrical Service provide typical wattage ratings for most devices and appliances to help you assess your power needs.
List what matters most. Some of the common essential appliances in numerous homes include the refrigerator, window air conditioner, portable heaters, computers, and lights. When going for a generator, reliability matters. Some models falter when the output is high while others overheat appliances. This is why going for a model that is effective with no flaws is important, models such as Generac.

Pick an Option

There are two kinds of generators; a stationery generator and a portable generator.

Stationery Generators

These generators usually cost more than the portable ones and require a professional in their installation. These generators have been designed in such a manner that they are able to start automatically when the power goes out and also run self-diagnosis and send alerts in case maintenance is required. Their output is approximately 5000-20000 watts.
Additionally, depending on your preference these generators can be fueled with propane or natural gas which makes them less risky as compared to those fueled by gasoline.

Portable Generators

These generators are less expensive and can also be fueled with either gas or propane. As the name suggests, they can be used anywhere off or on your property. These models have electric starting which makes them easy to handle since all you need is just a press on the start button. However, unlike stationery generators, portable generators give an output of 3,000-8,500 watts which is not much and hence you have to regulate how many appliances you can run at the same time.

After you have decided on which generator best suits your needs, the best thing to do is find a contractor to help you install. The good news is there are several reliable electrical professionals out there, contractors such as Safe Electrical Service and Chicago Home Generators. Don’t allow yourself to remain in the dark!

Chicago Landscape Lighting

Chicago Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting can be very beneficial for a variety of reasons, aside from just illuminating your landscaped areas. It can provide beauty, as well as functionality. If you are looking for professional landscape lighting contractors in the Chicago area, look no further than Safe Electrical Service.

Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

  • Safety and security are among the top reasons why people choose to install outdoor lighting. Zone lighting is the perfect way to light up your outdoor spaces for after dark use. This is extremely helpful along sidewalks, decks, pool areas, garages and entryways. Motion activated lights can add extra security to your home by deterring trespassing and theft.
  • Makes outdoor living spaces functional. This is extremely beneficial during for those warm summer nights. From playgrounds to gazebos, patios to swimming pools, we can illuminate them for enjoyable use after dark.
  • Aesthetically appealing. If installed properly, landscape lighting will accentuate rather than distract from your actual landscape. Highlighting certain areas of your outdoor spaces adds beautiful accents to your home.
  • Increases home value. Adding landscape lighting adds to the curb appeal of your home. Creating an ambiance with a splash of light make your home feel warm and inviting.

What We Offer
Our Chicago landscape lighting experts can help you design the perfectly illuminated outdoor area highlighting your yard’s most beautiful features. Here at Safe Electrical Service we offer our customers a wide variety of exterior lighting options. Our goal is to provide the highest quality services and products, to homes and businesses across the Windy City.

Some of our Chicago landscape lighting services include:

  • Deck lighting
  • Cove lighting
  • Pathway lights
  • LED landscape lighting
  • Landscape flood lights
  • Outdoor ceiling fans
  • Landscape spotlights
  • Security lighting
  • Motion lights
  • Shadow lights
  • Outdoor pendant lights
  • Torches
  • Low voltage lighting options
  • Post lamps
  • Well lights

There is a good reason why we are one of the top landscape lighting companies in Chicago. Our customers are our top priority. When our team is hired to design, install and maintain your lighting system, you can be confident you will be pleased with the result. We will work with you from start to finish on your electrical project, guaranteeing 100% customer satisfaction. We have been the preferred custom exterior lighting company for many local satisfied clients.

To learn more about our professional landscape lighting services in and around the Chicago area, give Safe Electrical Service a call today!

Replacing A Fuse Box

Replacing A Fuse Box

If you are located in Chicago and are looking for an electrician to perform a fuse box replacement then you have come to the right place. One can be installed quickly and safely for an affordable rate. If you are worried about your fuse box or want to upgrade it, take a look below to see what can be done and why it may be best to hire a professional.

When and why you should change your fuse box.

Fuse boxes, like many things to do with all different types of houses, can vary from building to building. Upgrading or replacing a fuse box can help to keep your home safe from electrical fires, short circuits, and power outages. It is important to ensure that you have the safest and best protection when it comes to your home and having a new, modern fuse box in place will help keep your home safe and meet requirements for new, power-hungry appliances within the home.

An old or faulty fuse box can cause many issues in the home from constantly flipping the trip switch when using high energy appliances to failing to protect from power surges and causing electrical fires. It is up to the homeowner to ensure that they have up to date home protection if they wish to be covered by their insurance in the case of fire due to a faulty fuse box.

Who should change a fuse box and how long will it take?

Changing or upgrading a fusebox should only be undertaken by a qualified professional. The process is more complicated than it looks, and a simple mistake could not only cost you your home but also your life. There are thousands of DIY sites detailing how to do it yourself but unless you truly know what you are doing you are putting yourself and your family in danger.

The process of changing a fuse box will take an average of four hours in a modern home. For houses built more than 25 years ago you will most likely need to upgrade your mains power to comply with increased power requirements which will entail installing a larger power cable to your fusebox and takes around 8-10 hours to complete.

So if you are looking for a safe electrical service with dedicated experience in fuse box renewal and house electrics, look no further. Contact us for more information or to get a quote on your fuse box replacement.

Spa and Pool Electrical Repair

Spa and Pool Electrical Repair

Asking help with electrical repairs from a pool tech or pool service to take good care of your spa and pool’s electrical needs may not be a good idea. Pool techs are very proficient at adjusting chemicals, cleaning the pool and even setting water parameters. However, it’s always a good idea to use an experienced, licensed, bonded and insured electrician who can replace, repair and service any of your spa or pool’s electrical components. It’s important your spa, pool, whirlpool, or Jacuzzi be wired correctly to meet local electrical codes. More importantly, it’s about the safety of your family and friends when they are enjoying your spa or pool.

Safe Electrical installs and repairs:

• Spa / Pool lights – Standard, Mood and accent lighting.
• Dedicated circuits 120/240 volt GFCI
• Protected outlets and boxes
• Spa / Pool control panels and timers
• Remote control systems for spa and pool control
• Yard lighting and gazebo lighting fixtures
• Fiber optic-based pool lighting
• Entertainment systems
• Circulating pumps
• Freeze Protection

Whether your spa or pool needs repair, rewiring, or you are looking into installing a new spa or pool, our experienced electricians can help you with any electrical wiring project. Safe Electrical has over 20 years of experience with all types of home spas, hot tubs, whirlpools, and swimming pools, and we’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured to protect your investment and your family in Chicago, and the Greater Chicagoland area. Call for an appointment today: (708) 361-1555

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