Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Electrician’s Advice on Safe Use of Portable Power Generators

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Portable power generators can be a big help during extended power outages. It however can be a safety hazard too so proper use and professional installation is needed. (Photo Credits)

Portable power generators are very helpful especially during extended power outages. For some it is a relief especially during the dead of the night, or during hot days, or the biting cold winter.

There however are downsides to portable power generator use, especially when they are not utilized properly.

The Electrical Safety Foundation International has published an infographic on the statistics plus safe use of portable power generators. This is to support their educational campaign on safe generator use. Master Electrician

In their guide, they emphasized the importance of having the generator installed only by a licensed electrician contractor, to ensure safe use.

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“NEVER operate a generator INSIDE your home or in other enclosed or partially-enclosed spaces, including GARAGES. A generator is a TEMPORARY power source and should never be used as a permanent solution. NEVER connect generators directly to household wiring without first installing a TRANSFER SWITCH. This prevents backfeeding which could electrocute utility workers making repairs. Make sure your generator is properly grounded and used with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI).”

Read the rest of the safety guidelines here.

The website Consumer Reports shared the same advice, emphasizing how important it is to not operate the generator indoors lest poisoning can occur. American Lighting Association           

“Running a generator improperly can kill you in as little as 5 minutes if the concentration of carbon monoxide is high enough. The CPSC estimates that about 50 people die per year from carbon monoxide poisoning related to using a generator improperly. We want you to be safe.”

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Check out their list of safety tips to keep in mind here.

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The Missouri Department of Public Safety also published a comprehensive guide on Portable Power Generator Safety. In their guide they emphasized that portable generators are only for temporary use.

“You will not be able to use all appliances at once. You may have to turn off some appliances to avoid overload. And make sure any connected appliances are off before starting the generator. Generators should be used for emergency standby power ONLY and for short periods of time. Refrigerators do not need to run 24 hours a day to keep food fresh. Monitor the internal temperature, which should be kept at 40 degrees or below. Make sure you have working, properly installed carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. CO is an odorless, colorless gas produced by fuel combustion that can make you ill with flu-like symptoms and in extreme cases can be fatal.”

Check out the complete list of tips here.

Portable power generators are useful, but it has to be utilized properly to avoid fatal accidents.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Electricians tips on buying a new home

Inspect before purchase

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What are the signs that a potential new home may have an electrical issue? (Photo Credits)

While most property buyers do not possess a trained eye to detect if the home they are buying have electrical issues, there are signs that could tell if there are problems in the offing.

Apartment Therapy says the first thing a home buyer should do in terms of inspecting electrical fixtures in a home they want to buy is the electrical panel. American Lighting Association

“Open The Electrical Panel – A clean and labeled panel is a happy panel. Something that looks like squirrels got up inside can signal trouble. Look for loose wires or ones that simply don’t connect to anything. It could signal that there’s live wires inside the walls!”

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What to inspect

The Spruce also encourages its readers to check on electrical fixtures, and they strongly encourage to bring in a qualified electrician contractor to undertake an electrical safety inspection. Master Electrician 

“There are plenty of common electrical mistakes that people make. Along with that, you may be wondering if the old wiring is safe? Another concern may be whether your home has aluminum wiring. You can check for incorrect electrical wiring and save yourself a big headache later. After all, this is the home you are thinking about purchasing and you don’t want surprises or large expenses later to repair problem areas.”

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The cost of hiring an electrician to inspect a prospective home may be an additional expense, but an article published by Home Advisor will make one think that it is all worth it. That the expense is way cheaper compared to the possible financial setback that a problematic electrical system may bring.

“Overloaded circuits are fire hazards, as are the DIY plug additions if they weren’t done properly. Depending on where you live, the cost to bring a house’s electrical system entirely up to code is from $10,000 to $15,000. If only part of your house needs to come up to code, the cost depends on what exactly is needed. Electrical work should only be done by a licensed electrician!”

Take a look at the whole article here.

Inspecting a home prior to inking the deal, is definitely a must do to ensure safety.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Historical and Cultural sites in Huntington Beach

Taking a walk down the memory lane in Huntington Beach could be an interesting activity. It surely will entertain and at the same time educate both locals and tourists about the past that Huntington Beach holds.

Historical and Cultural sites in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach Circa 1938. (Photo Credits)

There are a lot of historical spots to visit in the city to get to know the city’s history more. In their webpage, the Huntington Beach Historical Society is encouraging both locals and visitors alike to get to know Huntington Beach more and keep its history alive by visiting its museum. Best Resort Hotels in Huntington Beach

“One of the best ways to keep history alive in our community is to visit the remaining historic sites and attractions we have left. Come by the Newland House Museum for a tour of the home of some of Huntington Beach’s first residents or come to our many free historical events throughout the year including Southern California’s largest Civil War reenactment, HB Civil War Days, hosted by the HB Historical Society on Labor Day Weekend in Central Park.”

Take a virtual tour from their official website here.

Newland Museum

The online publication Huntington Beach News described further in the Newland House Museum. They also posted photos, schedules and rates for those who may be interested to visit. Read more on Huntington Beach California

“The Newland House Museum (pictured above) is the oldest residence built in the city of Huntington Beach and is maintained by the Huntington Beach Historical Society for all to see. This house was built in 1898 for Huntington Beach pioneers William and Mary Newland and their ten children. The original Newland ranch extended from Beach Blvd. to Magnolia and from Yorktown south to Atlanta for a total of 500+ acres in which they planted lima beans, sugar beets, celery and later chili peppers. The house is open for tours to the public. “

Check out the pictures here.

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The website Surf City USA also published yet another suggested historical route in Huntington Beach, Orange County which visitors may want to take. Best Surf Bar in Huntington Beach

One of the routes they mentioned is the downtown Huntington Beach walk which includes: “Examples of California Bungalow architecture built in 1922 along 8th Street. (2) Pristine Motor Sports, built in the 1920s as a gas station and auto repair garage. (3) A stand-alone jail cell, built in 1916 as the original jail. (4) M.E. Helme House Furnishing Co. building, the only unaltered pre-1910 commercial building in town. (5) Community Bible Church, one of the oldest standing churches in town. (6) Site of the old legendary Surf Theater.”

Read their other suggested routes here.

Huntington Beach indeed has a deep history worth learning about.

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Best Resort Hotels in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach will always be a much-coveted vacation destination because of the Oceanside life that it offers, and the luxury hotels that dot the whole location.

Whatever recreational, or creature comfort requirements you may need, five star hotels in Huntington Beach will gladly answer.

Best Resort Hotels in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach view at night. (Photo Credits)

Steps away from the Beach and Shopping Centers is the Waterfront Beach Resort. Apart from offering beach fun, everything that is needed to have a luxurious stay in a resort destination is provided by this resort hotel. In their official website, they took pride that they are an AAA Four-Diamond Award-Winning Resort that provides beachside activities, shopping and entertainment options. They also described their amenities further. Kid-Friendly Activities in Orange County

“The resort offers a large, tropical swimming pool, heated year-round and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Soak in the whirlpool spa or reserve a private cabana with flat-screen TV and Xbox gaming console. Finish a busy day with a workout in the fitness center or take a leisurely stroll or bike ride down the famous Huntington Beach Boardwalk.”

Check out their official website here.

Surf and Stay

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach and Resort Spa is yet another hotel that offers luxury accommodation for beach lovers and relaxation seekers. It may not be a beachfront hotel, but they have a private walk that leads their guests directly to the beach! Read on for more info on Huntington Beach CA

Their website also details the services and amenities that they offer.

“Wake up to ocean views, surrounded by contemporary, Spanish-style architecture, at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa. See what makes Surf City unlike any other beach town on the California coast, from surfing lessons on Huntington Beach to oceanfront shopping and dining. Or venture out to find Orange County attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific and Disneyland®, just a half-hour away. Seek balance at our own Pacific Waters Spa, savor locally-sourced So-Cal cuisine and artisan cocktails at Watertable, or lounge by our lagoon-style pool. “

Take a look at their rates here.

Right into the action

For families and vacation goers who may want to stay in a hotel that is right next to the beach, then Pasea Hotel and Spa could just be it. The website Family Vacation Critis has posted its reviews on La Pasea, and they generally recommend it to families wanting to spend time in the beach, and stay in a hotel that has great amenities. In addition, they underscored that the hotel is Pet-Friendly! Historical and Cultural sites in Huntington Beach

“Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and steps from the Huntington Beach Pier, the new Pasea Hotel & Spa opened in 2016 to bring another beachfront luxury hotel offering to the charming surf town of Huntington Beach. Two hundred and 50 guestrooms and suites feature beach house designs with private balconies, 48-inch flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers and deep-soaking tubs. Traditional rooms provide a king or two queen beds. Studio suites provide a king bed with neighboring sofa bed while one-bedroom suites separate the two into different rooms. Onsite dining is available at Tanner’s rooftop patio bar, and quick bites can be grabbed in Blend CafĂ©. The hotel provides a Surf Butler to help families spend a day on the ocean, and provides beach chairs, umbrellas and more for a day at the beach. (Both are additional.) A pet-friendly property, guests with dogs receive pet beds, food and water dishes and clean up bags.”

Read more about their La Pasea review here.

Luxury beach life is indeed possible when in Huntington Beach, Orange County!

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Kid-Friendly Activities in Orange County

Entertaining kids around Orange County could just be one of the easiest things to do because of the vast choices of kid-friendly spots that will surely catch the fancy of kids of all ages.

Kid-friendly activities in Orange County

Orange County is definitely the place to be for children! (Photo Credits)

The Official tourism website of the Orange County local government has rounded up fun activities that will be of interest to children and their families. Find out more about Huntington Beach CA

“Orange County, California is as kid-friendly as a destination can get!  Attractions like Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm (home of Camp Snoopy) top the list, of course.  Plus endless beach activities like kayaking and other water sports and park recreational fun can occupy much of your trip. Add to that water parks, skate parks, interactive museums and discovery centers, go-kart racing, bowling alleys, ice skating & roller skating in Orange County! There’s also shopping malls , kids concerts and shows and much, much more – and you’ve got yourself a fantastic family getaway!”

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Jump Around

Another popular activity around Orange County is playing in trampoline parks. The website OC Register recommends this to parents of very active children. In their article that enumerated family-friendly activities around Orange County, trampoline parks is one of their recommended kid-spot. Things to Do in Huntington Beach Other than Surfing

“Go ahead and jump. Kids (and adults) can get their wiggles out at several trampoline places throughout Orange County. Other activities depending on venue include dodgeball, basketball, foam pits and an arcade area. Check with each venue as to “open jump” times, special events, liability waivers and sock requirements. Venues: Sky Zone, Anaheim Hills and Westminster; Big Air, Buena Park and Laguna Hills; Get Air Surf City, Huntington Beach; Sky High Sports, Costa Mesa; and Rockin’ Jump, Santa Ana.”

Check out their other recommended activities here.

Sun, Sand, and Sea

For families with babies, the blog Fun Orange County Parks meantime recommends going to the Baby Beach which is in Dana Point Harbor. The calm waters, according to the website author, plus the crowd in this beach, makes for a wonderful place to make the babies splash around. Best Resort Hotels in Huntington Beach

“I get to Dana Point Harbor from all sorts of directions (Moulton to Golden Lantern, Crown Valley Parkway to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), I-5 to PCH).  Look at the map to see what makes the most sense for you.  Taking the “Beach Cities” exit off Interstate 5 takes you right to the pedestrian bridge over PCH.  Turn left onto Dana Point Harbor Drive and wind past Doheny Beach and the main shops at the Harbor.  Keep driving past Golden Lantern and turn into the parking area right before Cove Road.”

Read their tips about taking the family to Baby Beach in their original article here.

Kids will definitely enjoy the vibe of OC!

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Best Surf Bar in Huntington Beach

When in the mood to chill out in Surf Bars, then Huntington Beach, Orange County is definitely the place to be. Famous for chill, booze, and a good time, surf bars in the area offer a chillaxing happy vibe sought for by beach combers. Find out more about Huntington, CA

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Chill out after riding the waves. (Photo Credits)

Surf City USA described the Huntington Beach night life in one of the articles they have posted in their website.

“Thirsting to drink a beer with the locals? Watering holes in Huntington Beach run the gamut from rockabilly dive bar to upscale jazz lounge. Live music, karaoke, and juke boxes sing from bars and pubs lining Main Street, where you’ll find a mix of dance floors, sports bars, cantinas, aloha spirit, Irish pride, quiet outdoor patios pouring craft cocktails—and even Orange County’s only mechanical bull. This eclectic variety of nightlife permeates throughout town, all the way up through Sunset Beach and its famed retro tiki bar. Here in Surf City USA, the glass is always half full.” Historical and Cultural sites in Huntington Beach

Check out their recommended dive and surf bars here.

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A top of mind recommendation made by locals to visiting beach goers, is Hurricane’s.

In their official website, they recounted how their bar became a success in the Huntington Beach area. “It was in 1992 that Hurricanes Bar & Grill first splashed onto the Huntington Beach local scene. Over 25 years later we are still making every item from scratch, from rich and creamy clam chowders to thick chargrilled sirloin steak burgers, mountainous sandwich creations, teasing and tasty taco platters and mouthwatering mac n cheese just to name a few of over 60 items. Combine that with a full bar and 20 ice cold taps and you have a recipe for the best experience this side of the Mississippi. Things to Do in Huntington Beach Other than Surfing

Big Portions Reasonably Priced has been our success! This is truly SoCal casual dining at its best.”

Check out their full menu and offerings from their website here.

Named after an Olympian

Duke’s is yet another go-to-bar for locals and avid surfers in the area.  In their homepage, they included a bio of Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic gold medalist whom the bar has been named after.

“Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was born August 24, 1890 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the first of six sons and three daughters of Duke and Julia Kahanamoku. He grew up in carefree Waikiki with the ocean as his playground, doing what he loved – mostly swimming, surfing, canoeing and bodysurfing. At the age of 21 he won his first Olympic gold medal, then went on to represent the United States in the Olympics for 20 years, winning not only medals but the hearts of people all over the world. He is remembered as a swimmer not just for remarkable speed, but for his grace in the water, his good humor, and his sportsmanship.”

Check out Duke’s Huntington’s drink and food selection here.

Huntingtin Beach is definitely the place to chill out when in Orange County, California.

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Things to Do in Huntington Beach Other than Surfing

Huntington Beach has earned the monicker Surf City because it is indeed a home for surfers and surfing enthusiasts. But there is more to this ocean-side town in Orange County than being a Surf Capital.

Things to Do in Huntington Beach Other than Surfing

Nature-tripping in Huntington Beach, California. (Photo Credits)

For one there are plenty of other non-water related activities that can be done when in Huntington Beach, Orange County.

One of the non-surfing activities recommended by the locals is exploring the Bolsa Ecological Reserve. Thrillist.com recommends this activity during weekends. Best Surf Bar in Huntington Beach

“See how many of the nearly 200 species of birds you can spot when you walk the dirt trails at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. With five miles of public walkways surrounded on three sides by fancy suburban homes, enjoy the expanse of nature on your own or take one of the free tours offered on select weekends.”

Read Thrillist’s other recommended activities in Huntington Beach, Orange County here.

Listen to Music

Huntington Beach also has something in store for Music Lovers. Watching the Huntington Symphony Orchestra perform is included in a list of things to do in Huntington Beach as published by vacationidea.com.

In their article, they highlighted that this orchestra also aims to educate the public through music, reason why every performance will always be worth watching. Kid-Friendly Activities in Orange County

“Music lovers should look no further than the Huntington Beach Symphony Orchestra, which aims to deliver music to the community in all different styles and genres to suit a variety of tastes. To that end they deliver regular concerts throughout the year and also feature a youth choir.  There is also a focus on education through music, and the orchestra runs a series of outreach programs with the aim of making music accessible to all. Aside from their educational endeavors, there are also events dedicated to providing information on all aspects of artistic processes related to music such as presentations on conducting. These events are great for those who want to dig a little deeper.”

More info can be found here.

Gastronomic Adventure

To get to know the city more, locals also recommend going on a food adventure. One of the most recommended places is Bear Flag Fish. The OC Register highlighted that this restaurant is one that visitors should go and check out. It is located in Pacific City, which is in turn along Pacific Coast Highway. Learn more about Huntington California

“Bear Flag, a seafood eatery, has a stunning space facing the ocean. Grab some poke (ahi or salmon, priced by the pound), which is served with tortilla chips. No rice bowls here. It’s all about the poke, which is dressed in a flavor bomb blend of sesame oil, Sriracha, seaweed salad and green onion. Want something heartier? Try the seafood burrito with swordfish, rice, black beans, lettuce and pico de gallo in a grilled tortilla.”

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Huntington Beach, Orange County is definitely a great place to explore.

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