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Extension Cord Safety – Know the Basics

They’re very convenient, so it’s no surprise that extension cords are popular. While they can help deliver power where we need it, we don’t always use them safely or replace them as needed. Understanding how to use them properly helps maximize your safety and minimize the risk of an electrical issue, shock hazard, or fire.

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Staying Safe While Staying Cool

The ancient Romans referred to the hottest, most humid days of summer as “dog days”. Dog days or not, hot weather finds us seeking ways to stay cool inside and outside the home. Here’s a few safety tips to keep mind.

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Why the Electrical Grid is a Big Deal

A reliable electrical grid is critically essential. The U.S. electrical grid saw its first expansion in major cities in the late 1800s. It’s a complex system that continues to expand, age, and become even more complex. In this article, we share some fascinating facts about one of our most relied-upon resources and how it touches your home.

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Electrical Safety Tips for Homeowners

It’s no surprise that most homeowners are not experts on electricity and how it actually ‘works’. But you don’t need to be an expert to stay safe. Knowing what to look for will help you do just that, and help you decide when to reach out to an expert for help.

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How to Think about Electrical Fire Risk

For homeowners interested in safety, electrical fire risks are not just about the age of your home. Learn more about these risks here.

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Electric Blanket Safety

Electric blankets (or ‘heating pads’) can offer true comfort and are a mainstream modern convenience. However, because they are designed to create heat from electricity, they are prone to issues that can cause injury or a fire. We provide tips here for buying, using, and inspecting your electric blanket to keep you or a loved one comfortable and safe.

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Electrical Fire Prevention: A Photo Review of 2021

We’re fresh into 2022 and remain excited about how Ting is helping homeowners in their mission to protect their home and family. It was a busy year but in a good way. Here we take a look back at a small sample of Ting customer ‘saves’ in 2021, through photos.

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Winter Season Home Safety – 6 Essential Tips

This is the time of year when safety-related incidents tend to increase, and home fires grow in number and impact. With that, we’ve updated our annual holiday and winter season home safety refresher – we hope you find the tips valuable.

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Fire Safety Tips for the Busy Holiday Kitchen

November begins the ‘busy’ season in the kitchen, and also when the number one cause of home fires sees a few notable upticks in frequency.

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Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Remaining diligent about smoke alarms in your home and the homes of your loved ones is an essential element to staying safe.

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Summary of Fire Hazards Detected by Ting

Electrical fire hazards can emerge at any time, no matter the age of your home.  If you’ve ever wondered what types of hazards Ting is identifying and remediating for homeowners, here’s a really interesting overview.

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5 Essential Steps to Better Fire Safety in the Home

Fire safety in the home – it’s not just about smoke detectors. The most diligent prevention measures don’t guarantee you won’t experience a fire in your home. But if and when a fire does occur – a good safety plan will pay dividends.

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Be Kind to Your Cords

Why do we tend to treat electrical cords so poorly? We have a few theories, but we won’t attempt to answer this here. Rather, we’ve curated some simple reminders about treating cords properly to help keep your family and home safe.

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What to Expect When Ting Identifies a Hazard

Ting keeps you in the know with reports about power quality and real-time alerts about important events. The most important of which is a suspected fire hazard. Here’s what you should expect if Ting identifies such a hazard.

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2 Ways Extreme Cold Can Increase Fire Risk

Texas winter storms magnified by polar vortex in February 2021 wreaked havoc on the electrical grid. Whisker Labs live video loop of power surges, sags and outages caused by weather and by planned rolling blackouts.

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Did You Know? Laptop Power Supplies and House Fires

Laptop power supplies can cause electrical fires. While not common, these fires can – and do occur. Here’s how to help stay safe when using them.

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Ting’s Role in Preventing Electrical Fires

Electrical fire hazards vary in nature; here we explore what Ting is designed to detect – and what Ting is unlikely to detect today.

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