Taking advantage of owning an electric car such as the Tesla, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus or any other brand is considered a economic and smart and green idea, specially with the high price of gas  . One thing you should consider before your rush off and by the electric car , is the preparations to your home if you intend on driving the car every day. A typical electric car takes 20 hours to recharge a fully drained battery when hooked up to a 120-Volt outlet.

Having a charging station or an Electric Car outlet installed by BC HighLight Electric Corp certified technician can reduce the charging time to seven hours or less on most types of electrical cars. The Charging Station is able to handle 240-volts reducing your recharge time. Making your Eco-friendly car into a reliable asset with less hassle.

Call us at:  (604)225-4448  for a free on site estimate and consultation .

Some say June/July is the busiest time of the year! With the rush of the end of financial year and the mid-year school holidays, you might’ve found yourself a little “too busy” to check your electrical appliances are in order, right? And now it’s August already (can you believe it!?) and the temperature is dropping (and finally there’s snow on the ground for all you skiers).

But did you know? According to NSW Fire & Rescue, more than 43% of all fire fatalities occur in winter, with about 56% of all home fires starting in the kitchen.

July 07 shareasimage-40That’s why, with the end of financial year madness behind you, it’s time to consider a few simple appliance checks to keep your home running smoothly for the remainder of the colder months, and to keep your family safe from electrical hazards.

  1. Heaters

Data from all Canadian Fire Services shows that the increased risk of house fires during winter is often due to higher usage rates of electrical appliances. And, as you might have guessed, heaters are one of the greatest users of electricity during winter. There are a number of ways to ensure your heater is safe for use:

  • Prior to use, consult the manufacturer’s instructions for service and maintenance tips.
  • Check that power cords and plugs are in good working condition (i.e. cords aren’t frayed).
  • Vacuum any heater filters to remove any dust build-up before use.
  • Avoid plugging into a powerboard, double adaptor or extension cord as this may overload and cause a fire.
  • Don’t leave your heater unattended, particularly in high traffic areas, walkways or in the presence of children.
  • Ensure a 1m distance to wet clothing or potentially flammable material.
  • If gas is your preferred heating fuel, purchase a flued heater to avoid the air pollutants produced by unflued gas heaters.
  1. Smoke alarms

Are your smoke alarms in good functioning order or are they merely ceiling decorations? It’s important to make sure that you have an adequate number of smoke alarms throughout your home and that they are in good working order to keep your family safe. Testing is as simple as pushing the test button to make sure it beeps.

Changing the battery at least once a year is a good place to start. Not sure when the last time you changed the battery was? Try this – change your clock, change your battery! At the end of daylight savings (March), change your smoke alarm battery when you change your clock, that way you know you are entering the winter months with a working smoke alarm!

But if you haven’t done it yet, do it now.

  1. Test your safety switches

Your safety switch is a safety device that can switch off the electricity in a circuit – in the case of a fault – in as little as 0.3 seconds. To understand the difference between safety switches, circuit breakers and surge diverters (and why you need all three in your home), you might like to read a recent blog on safety switches.

It’s important to test your safety switch regularly to ensure it is working properly. You can locate your safety switch in your switchboard (it will look like a circuit breaker, but will have a ‘test’ button on the front). You may find multiple safety switches in your switchboard and it’s important to test them all.

To test, simply press the ‘test’ or ‘T’ button and power should switch off immediately. To return power to your home, flick the switch back to the ‘on’ position. If you’re switch doesn’t change to the off position after pressing the ‘test’ button, call your electrician to have it checked further!

  1. Fire place

Nothing beats curling up in front of the open fire in winter with a good book and a cup of tea, right? But, in order to do so safely, there are a number of checks to do prior.

Firstly, make sure the chimney is clean and any matches or lighters are stored in a safe place, away from children. Secondly, maintain a safe distance from your fireplace (at least one metre) and never leave it unattended – if you have children or pets in your home, why not set up a safety perimeter by placing a screen in front of it when in use. And finally, remember to extinguish any open flames or fires before going to bed, so you can sleep safe and sound!

  1. Kitchen appliances

Who doesn’t love a slow cooked meal in winter? Nobody. Of course, leaving hot electrical appliances unattended, especially if you’re out for the day, is a major fire risk. So, it’s important to keep an eye on your cooking and remember to check kitchen appliances for frayed or damaged cords and plugs before use.

Also, turning cooking appliances (and any electrical appliances, for that matter) off after use can not only prevent electrical hazards and keep you safe, but you can save money on your energy bills too!

While conducting these checks yourself is a great place to start, calling in a professional for a comprehensive check of your home can be the best way to ensure your safety in winter and provide you, and your family, peace of mind.

Of course, if you’d like help installing or testing & tagging electrical items in your home, we’d love to help. You can give us a call on  (604) 225 4448 or drop us a note.

Bath fans help remove odors and moisture  and can be used in some homes to satisfy whole-house ventilation requirements.
Older homes often lack bathroom exhaust fans. In the old days, if the bathroom was smelly or steamy, you were supposed to open a window to air it out.This isn’t a very logical ventilation method, especially when temperatures are below zero, or when the weather is 90°F and humid. Yet this time-honored method of bathroom ventilation is still enshrined in our building codes. According to the 2009 International Residential Code  a bathroom with an operable window does not need to have a bath exhaust fan .In spite of the code’s archaic loophole, builders should install an exhaust fan in every bathroom or toilet room — even when the bathroom has a window.

A bath exhaust fan can perform several functions:

  • It can exhaust smelly air, allowing fresher air to enter the bathroom.
  • It can exhaust humid air, allowing dryer air to enter the bathroom.
  • When operated for 24 hours per day or when controlled by a timer or dehumidify controller , it can act (in some cases) as the most important component of a whole-house ventilation system.

Why you should call us for installing or replacing your exhaust fan?

  • We offer the most Quietest and powerful exhaust fan on the market.
  • We offer the most energy efficient fans on the market.
  • We offer free affordable  estimate and consultation and absolutely no obligation
  • At BC HighLight Electric we are a team of expert and experienced  electrician .we offer the proper exhaust fan for every location, we know how to do the job without leaving any damage or hole in your property
  • We are fully licensed, bonded and insured company
  • We offer two years warranty for all product we supply and 5 years on workmanship .

 

 

Protect your outdoor electrical systems:

any outdoor electrical outlets should be GFCI outlets and covered by a “bubble cover” to keep the elements out. If your electrical service cable is exposed, make sure it’s not damaged. During the holidays, don’t hang any decorations on or near the cable.

Electrical Codes for Ceiling Fan Support

Ceiling fans weigh more than most ceiling fixtures. Therefore ceiling fans must be supported properly to prevent them from falling.
To properly install a ceiling fan and provide the necessary support there are two methods that must be followed:
An approved fixture box designed to support the weight of the ceiling fan must be installed.

The fixture box must be attached to supported structure components such as wood ceiling joists or wood blocks that are properly fastened between two ceiling joists.

Approved ceiling fixture boxes that have expandable bar hanging devices can be used when installed by following the instructions supplied by the manufacturer.

 

 

 

It is important that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions with respect to the use of a GFCI.  Test permanently wired GFCIs monthly, and portable devices before each use. Press the “test” and “reset” buttons. Plug a “night light” or lamp into the GFCI-protected wall outlet (the light should turn on), then press the “TEST” button on the GFCI. If the GFCI is working properly, the light should go out. If not, have the GFCI repaired or replaced. Press the “RESET” button on the GFCI to restore power.

If the “RESET” button pops out but the “night light” or lamp does not go out, the GFCI has been improperly wired and does not offer shock protection at that wall outlet. Contact a qualified electrician to correct any wiring errors.

 

A Class A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) works by detecting any loss of electrical current in a circuit (e.g., it will trip at a maximum of 6mA). When a loss is detected, the GFCI turns the electricity off before severe injuries or electrocution can occur. A painful non-fatal shock may occur during the time that it takes for the GFCI to cut off the electricity so it is important to use the GFCI as an extra protective measure rather than a replacement for safe work practices.

GFCI wall outlets can be installed in place of standard outlets to protect against electrocution for just that outlet, or a series of outlets in the same branch circuit. A GFCI Circuit Breaker can be installed on some circuit breaker electrical panels to protect an entire branch circuit. Portable in-line plug-in GFCIs can be plugged into wall outlets where appliances will be used.

  • Keep power cords clear of tools during use.
  • Suspend extension cords temporarily during use over aisles or work areas to eliminate stumbling or tripping hazards.
  • Replace open front plugs with dead front plugs. Dead front plugs are sealed and present less danger of shock or short circuit.
  • Do not use light duty extension cords in a non-residential situation.
  • Do not carry or lift up electrical equipment by the power cord.
  • Do not tie cords in tight knots. Knots can cause short circuits and shocks. Loop the cords or use a twist lock plug.
  • Inspect portable cord-and-plug connected equipment, extension cords, power bars, and electrical fittings for damage or wear before each use. Repair or replace damaged equipment immediately.
  • Always tape extension cords to walls or floors when necessary. Nails and staples can damage extension cords causing fire and shock hazards.
  • Use extension cords or equipment that is rated for the level of amperage or wattage that you are using.
  • Always use the correct size fuse. Replacing a fuse with one of a larger size can cause excessive currents in the wiring and possibly start a fire.
  • Be aware that unusually warm or hot outlets may be a sign that unsafe wiring conditions exists. Unplug any cords or extension cords to these outlets and do not use until a qualified electrician has checked the wiring.
  • Always use ladders made with non-conductive side rails (e.g., fibreglass) when working with or near electricity or power lines.
  • Place halogen lights away from combustible materials such as cloths or curtains. Halogen lamps can become very hot and may be a fire hazard.
  • Risk of electric shock is greater in areas that are wet or damp. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) as they will interrupt the electrical circuit before a current sufficient to cause death or serious injury occurs.
  • Use a portable in-line Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) if you are not certain that the receptacle you are plugging your extension cord into is GFCI protected.
  • Make sure that exposed receptacle boxes are made of non-conductive materials.
  • Know where the panel and circuit breakers are located in case of an emergency.
  • Label all circuit breakers and fuse boxes clearly. Each switch should be positively identified as to which outlet or appliance it is for.
  • Do not use outlets or cords that have exposed wiring.
  • Do not use portable cord-and-plug connected power tools with the guards removed.
  • Do not block access to panels and circuit breakers or fuse boxes.
  • Do not touch a person or electrical apparatus in the event of an electrical accident. Always disconnect the power source first.

Do not work close to power lines. Recommended distances vary by jurisdiction and/or utility companies. Check with both your jurisdiction and electrical utility company when working, driving, parking, or storing materials closer than 15 m (49 feet) to overhead power lines.

  • If you must be close to power lines, you must first call your electrical utility company and they will assist you.
  • If your vehicle comes into contact with a power line:
    • DO NOT get out of your vehicle.
    • Call 911 and your local utility service for help.
    • Wait for the electrical utility to come and they will tell you when it is safe to get out of your vehicle.
    • Never try to rescue another person if you are not trained to do so.
    • If you must leave the vehicle (e.g., your vehicle catches on fire), exit by jumping as far as possible – at least 45 to 60 cm (1.5 to 2 feet). Never touch the vehicle or equipment and the ground at the same time. Keep your feet, legs, and arms close to your body.
    • Keep your feet together (touching), and move away by shuffling your feet. Never let your feet separate or you may be shocked or electrocuted.
    • Shuffle at least 10 metres away from your vehicle before you take a normal step. Do not enter an electrical power substation, or other marked areas.
  • Do not enter an electrical power substation, or other marked areas.