• When The Lines Go Down

    No matter where you live and no matter what the season, there may be a time when you come across a downed power line. Most people know that touching a live power line can cause serious injury or death. However, many times you can’t tell by looking whether a line is “hot” or not. Even if a downed line isn’t actively sparking, you must always assume it is carrying electricity.

    So, what should you do when you come across a downed power line? Follow these important tips:

    • Don’t go near the wire, or anything it is touching.
    • Warn others to stay away.
    • Call your local police or fire department.

    It’s important to provide the exact location when reporting an electric emergency, so to insure proper aide, provide some of the following information:

    • The nature of the emergency and whether personal injury or danger is involved
    • The village or community in which the line is down, along with the house number, street name, and nearest cross street and direction (north, east, south or west) from the location.
    • If you can, locate the pole number or the nearest phone number at the location if available.

    Always remember to keep your distance from the line also and insure that others do not go near it till help arrives. You can also call Delta Electric for assistance!

    We offer prompt professional service on any commercial, residential, or mobile-home electrical work you need and service the South Bay area. Don’t forget to bookmark our site so you’ll have our contact information handy when you need us. And for all your electrical installation, maintenance and repair needs, call or email Delta Electric today!

  • Deck The Halls Safely

    Its part of the holiday season that, to some, is the best part of the season. Bright lights, festive decorations all displayed for family and friends to enjoy and aide in creating the spirit of the holidays. But, if you’re planning to deck your halls this year chances are, you’ll end up using an extension cord to help you. While they are a convenient way to supply power right where you need it, they can also create hazards if not used safely.

    Here are a few simple tips to help avoid a disaster this holiday season:

    • Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis.
    • Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the appliance or device being used.
    • Inspect cords for damage before use. Check for cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections.
    • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way.
    • Do not run extension cords through walls or ceilings. This may cause the cord to overheat, creating a serious fire hazard.
    • Do not nail or staple electrical cords to walls or baseboards.
    • Make sure that cords are not pinched in doors, windows, or under heavy furniture, which could damage the cord’s insulation.
    • Keep extension cords out of high-traffic areas like doorways or walkways where they pose a tripping hazard.
    • Insert plugs fully so that no part of the prongs is exposed when the extension cord is in use.

    For more information on electrical safety, call Delta Electric at the location nearest you – or call 1-800-321-2752.