Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Posted on December 9, 2014
With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s a good time for some simple, common-sense reminders about decorating precautions to ensure that you and your loved ones have an enjoyable and safe season. Make sure your artificial tree has a label saying it is fire resistant. If you choose to go with a real tree, be sure to choose a fresh tree with needles that are hard to pull from the branches. Cut two inches off the base before you place it in the stand. Keep the stand filled with water to... Read more

Benefits of GFCIs

Posted on October 23, 2014
In 1961, Charles Dalziel, professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, invented the ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Today, GFCIs are required by the National Electric Code in all new kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, and most outdoor receptacles. Here is why: A ground fault happens whenever electricity escapes the confines of the wiring in an appliance, light fixture, or power tool and takes a shortcut to the ground. When that shortcut... Read more

What is a Power Surge?

Posted on July 9, 2014
Power surges occur when something boosts the electrical charge at some point in the power lines, which can increase the current flowing to your wall outlet. According to Larry Kaufmann, an energy expert at DTE Energy, power surges happen more frequently than people realize. External power surges are caused by lightning strikes or huge demands of power; internal surges are typically caused by circuits that are simply overloaded. Lightning is probably the most familiar source of power surges,... Read more

It’s Always a Good Time to Think About Electrical Safety

Posted on June 26, 2014
May was National Electrical Safety Month. Yes, May has come and gone, but it’s really never too late to review things we can do to use electricity safely in our homes. Oak Electric Service is so focused on safety that we will provide a “Free Safety Inspection” while we are at your home or business on a project. Here are just a few of the things our inspection includes: A visual inspection of service panels, the main service cables and the ground system Checking the electrical panel... Read more

Carbon Monoxide and Portable Generator Use

Posted on March 9, 2014
If you have a home or small business portable generator, a primary hazard to avoid when using it is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from the toxic engine exhaust. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless and poisonous gas that weakens the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to organs and body tissues. People often don’t know they are breathing CO and poisoning can occur in minutes. Symptoms include dizziness, drowsiness, severe headache, weakness, nausea and confusion. If you... Read more

Safety Tips for DIY Home Electrical Projects

Posted on February 23, 2014
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recommends that you always contact a qualified, licensed electrician to perform any electrical work in your home. It’s critical to recognize and distinguish between those repairs that you are qualified to undertake and those that only a professional electrician should handle. If you decide to undertake even a simple electrical project yourself, here are some important things you will need to do to avoid serious injury: Before touching... Read more

Child-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

Posted on December 23, 2013
The holidays are a magical time for children and adults to enjoy family traditions and create fond memories.  Decorating your home with lights is a major part of the fun and enjoyment of this time of year. Make safety a priority, especially if you have children or will have children visiting your home for the holidays. Be sure you have safety covers on all unused electrical outlets, including those on extension cords. Don’t put Christmas tree lights, ornaments, metal hooks, and other... Read more

Kitchen Safety at Thanksgiving

Posted on November 23, 2013
Thanksgiving is coming up fast and Oak Electric Service would like to take a moment to thank all of our loyal customers for your patronage over the years. Many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen preparing a great holiday feast for family and friends. But did you know that Thanksgiving is the part of the house where two-thirds of all home fires start? With all of the activity ahead, here are some basic, common-sense reminders to ensure that you enjoy a safe Thanksgiving at your... Read more

Energy Theft

Posted on October 23, 2013
From trash-lined alleys in Detroit to upscale West Bloomfield Township to the Upper Peninsula, energy theft is on the rise. More than $100 million worth of electrical power and natural gas is stolen each year, according to DTE Energy. The culprits are state property owners and landlords, and residents who just can’t pay their bills. Those of us who do pay our utility bills are the victims, since DTE Energy passes on the losses to ratepayers in the form of higher rates. Nationwide, utility... Read more

Electrical Safety Tips Around the House

Posted on September 5, 2013
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,500 are injured in house fires in the U.S. Direct property loss due to house fires is estimated at $7.3 billion annually. At Oak Electric, we offer customers a Free Electrical Safety Inspection while we are on the job. It includes a visual inspection of service panels, main service cables and ground system; testing of GFCI receptacles; location and testing of smoke detectors; and other... Read more

Keep Your Family Safe…Use a Licensed Electrician

Posted on May 5, 2013
Oak Electric Service has the combined experience of over 30 years of providing quality electrical service. If you’ve ever contemplated tackling basic electrical tasks yourself, we highly recommend that you use an experienced, licensed electrical contractor. Here are some reasons why. First of all, a licensed electrician knows the laws and regulations and you don’t. The National Electrical Code regulates the standards for installation of electrical wiring and equipment and each state either... Read more

Some Home Electrical Safety Reminders

Posted on April 25, 2013
Home electrical problems account for 26,100 fires and $1 billion in property losses annually. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures, but many more are caused by incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords—issues that can be prevented with a little foresight, and some common sense. Here are some basic reminders for living with electricity safely in and around your home: Use only appliances and equipment approved by Underwriters... Read more

Oak Electric Now Offers Thermography Testing

Posted on February 15, 2013
The electrical systems at your industrial plant or business require ongoing maintenance and inspections to ensure their safe and efficient operation. Over time, electrical connections can loosen, resulting in a non-continuous path for the electricity to follow, which eventually causes arcing, breakdown and fire. According to the Electrical Power Research Institute, the number one cause of building fires is some type of electrical failure—such as improper connections or voltage, loose parts,... Read more

Electrical Emergency? Call Oak Electric 24/7

Posted on January 25, 2013
Keep Your Family Safe...Use a Licensed Electrician. Call Oak Electric 800-964-7070. When you have a problem with your business or residential electrical system, it is best not to attempt to fix it yourself. Small mistakes and the best intentions can result in big fire hazards or even electrocutions. Be on the safe side and call the licensed electrical professionals at Oak Electric at 800-964-7070. We are a DTE Energy "preferred vendor" with well equipped service trucks ready to respond to... Read more

Holiday Electrical Safety Reminder

Posted on December 15, 2012
It’s that time of year when we go all out with the holiday lighting and electrical decorations as part of how we celebrate the season. Did you know that more than 80% of Americans decorate their homes as part of their winter holiday celebrations?  Almost two-thirds of respondents use electric lights in their indoor decorating scheme, while more than half use lighted decorations outside their homes. More than 70% of those who decorate their homes for the holiday utilize at least one... Read more

Use Portable Space Heaters Safely

Posted on October 15, 2012
As temperatures drop, many families may use portable electric space heaters to help warm their homes. The Electrical Safety Foundation International warns that space heaters could cause fires and injuries if not used properly. In fact, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, causing more than 300 deaths. An estimated 6,000 persons receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries... Read more

Storm Season Safety Reminder

Posted on June 16, 2012
It isn’t even summer yet and many Michiganders have already endured power outages due to storms that have knocked down power lines and utility poles. Here a few tried and true tips for weathering another storm season: Have on hand a portable radio, flashlights and fresh batteries. Know where your electric circuit box is located in your home and know how to turn the power on and off. Before reporting an outage to your electric utility provider, be sure to check if you have a blown fuse or... Read more

Tips for Operating a Portable Generator Safely

Posted on April 27, 2012
A portable generator can be a good temporary power supply for lighting, vital medical equipment, refrigerators, sump pumps and essential appliances. Following is a partial list of tips from DTE Energy for safely installing and operating a portable generator.  (For complete list, visit the DTE Energy website.) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid injuring someone or damaging your generator or appliances. When you use a portable generator, you can only operate a limited number of... Read more

Special Winter Offers from Oak Electric

Posted on January 26, 2012
With over 30 years experience ranging from simple maintenance to new installation, Oak Electric Service can solve your residential and commercial electrical problems promptly, efficiently, and at a fair price. Take advantage of some of our current offers below and visit our website for more offers:  Oak Electric Service is one of southeast Michigan’s leading electrical contractors. We are standing by to answer all of your residential and commercial electrical questions. Give us a call at... Read more

Lighting Changes in Store for Americans

Posted on January 6, 2012
Lighting technology in the U.S. is changing dramatically. In fact, there will be more changes in the world of electric lighting in the next few years than there were in the past 100 years.  The current incandescent light bulb invented by Thomas Edison is notoriously inefficient. It wastes 90% of its energy as heat rather than light, which is why it is so hot when in use. In 2007, Congress passed the bipartisan Energy Independence and Security Act, requiring light bulbs to use at least 25%... Read more

Light Up the Holidays–Safely

Posted on December 6, 2011
While holiday lighting and electrical decorations contribute to the splendor of the season, they can significantly increase the risk fires and electrical injuries if not used safely. Following are some safety tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), the premier non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety at home, at school, and in the workplace. Indoor Lights and Electrical Decorations: Always purchase electrical decorations and lights from... Read more