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TEKTalk: November 1, 2013 Carbon Monoxide detectors are a critical item to have in your home. Be careful as to which device you purchase. Many "off the shelf" CO detectors don't work well. Commercial versions of CO detectors are more expensive, but what value do you place on being alerted in time to get your family awake and out?
TEKTalk: September 28, 2013 (Memorial Day) Thanks to all who have served to maintain the freedoms that we enjoy. God Bless you "Ol' Soldier".
TEKTalk: April 23, 2013 Smoke Detector FAQ: I routinely receive calls from homeowners frustrated because their smoke detectors keep going off. The most common thing I hear is "but the house is only a couple of years old". When community homes are being built they are put together in "turn and burn" style. Multiple contractors are stepping all over each other. While the electrician is installing the smoke detectors, lights, and outlets, the sheet rock is also going up and the carpet isn't installed until after the "construction dust" settles. With all that is going on at any given time on the construction site often times little care is given to the smoke detectors to protect them, and construction dust contaminates the device. Buy a can of compressed air (normally used for cleaning computer keyboards) from the office supply store and blow out the detector once a year when you change the battery. Also run the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner around the outside housing. This will help prevent false alarms and a costly trip from your electrician.
TEKTalk: March 28, 2013 Better safe than sorry "DONT CLICK ATTACHMENTS" Too often I am given a computer to work on as a result of viruses. Most people believe that the anti virus program on their computer is a sole line of defense against viruses. The downfall of this philosophy is that human factor. When you download a file from a seemingly innocent source "like aunt Martha" the virus program in many cases is bypassed. Some web email servers scan a file prior to download. Microsoft Outlook, windows mail, etc...generally do not. Do not click on an attachment in an email unless you confirm the source has sent it. In other words ask Aunt Martha if she sent the attachment before clicking download.
TEKTalk: February 17, 2013 Did you know that smoke detectors are only good for 10 years? If you have a residential smoke detector the national fire code says that it must be replaced. Most residential smoke detectors are only about $12.00 and there often times is a direct replacement for your device. If your smoke detector is powered by high volt 120v ac electrical house power you should call a licensed electrician to service or replace your smoke detector.
TEKTalk: January 4, 2012 It is time to change the batteries in your home smoke detector. Remember that even though your home smoke detector may be powered with the house electrical power it still requires a battery backup. If your smoke detector doesn't have a battery at all it is a good idea to replace the detector due to age.