How to Safely Remove a Broken Bulb

Posted on December 16, 2014
You go to change a light bulb in one of your home’s lighting fixtures, and before you know it, the glass bulb breaks off and you are left with the metal base still stuck in the socket. Before you make any attempt to remove the remaining part of the bulb, turn off the power to the fixture. If it’s a lamp, simply unplug it. If it’s a ceiling fixture or a light in an oven, for example, you will need to turn off the related circuit breaker at your electrical panel. Be sure toggle the light... Read more

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

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

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—One-Stop Electrical Services and More!

Posted on January 8, 2013
When it comes to comprehensive electrical services—industrial, commercial and residential—we want you to “Think Oak Electric.” We provide all of the typical electrical services, such as: general troubleshooting and repair work; circuit breaker panel upgrades; installation of electric appliances and ceiling fans; remodel wiring and new construction; electrical work for swimming pools and hot tubs; and insurance restoration work. But we also hope Oak Electric is the first company that... 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