Why do electronic devices like laptops and televisions use electricity when they're plugged in but no one's using them?
It's called "phantom energy."
All of the things in our home or car that are plugged in can be using energy, even when not in use or turned off. Phantom energy can be scary for the energy bill, but no actual phantoms or ghosts are involved. Our devices keep using energy in this state because all of those electronics are standing by, ready to jump back to life when you need them. In fact, your TV’s phantom (or standby) usage can make up to 10% of its total power usage.
Did you know that a residential break-and-enter occurs approximately every 2.5 hours in Calgary? Calgary police said there was a 51% increase in B&E activity in the city during the first seven months of 2019 compared to the five-year average.
After seeing a significant increase in break-and-enters throughout the city, the Calgary Police Service is urging citizens to be hyper-vigilant when it comes to regularly securing their homes, businesses, vehicles and personal belongings.
One significant way First Aid Electric can help you is with the installation of security lights and alarms to your home.
Thieves and burglars tend to pry around late at night and target homes without or little lights. Surprise them with motion sensor security lights!
Protect your home and belongings by installing motion sensor security lights and alarms. First Aid Electric can help you with that.
Candles provide festive decor for the holiday season. They are part of worship ceremonies. They can scent the air with mood-enhancing aromas. And if the power goes out, candles may become an alternative to electric lights.
However, home fires caused by candles continue to be an issue. Outside the holiday season, candle fires most often start in the bedroom. Scented candles may be used to create a romantic or relaxing environment. Predictably, people fall asleep while the candle continues to burn. All too often, the flame ignites a mattress or bedding so it's best to keep candles out of all bedrooms. In the case of power outage, keep flashlights on hand.
The most common scenario is that the flame ignites something nearby, perhaps when the candle is knocked over or burns too low. If someone can put the fire out immediately, there may only be damage to the surrounding area. However, if a fire starts when no one is in the room — or awake — a major disaster is likely.
Are any types of candles more dangerous than others?
Yes! Candles with multiple wicks can produce high flames and intense heat. As well, candles with flammable decorations embedded in them, or as part of a decorative arrangement.