Indoors & Around the Home



Thank you to the students who entered our second annual safety poster contest. We’d also like to give a shout out to the teachers and parents who helped them. Students were asked to draw a poster that displays a clear, creative and colorful picture of this year’s theme: “How do you and your family stay safe at home when around electricity?” Students, parents and teachers were directed to a video about hidden electrical dangers around the home, for inspiration. Cash prizes were awarded in each division.

First place prize: $100 cash

Preschool-Kindergarten Division

Wyatt Duran, Primero, Kindergarten

1st through 3rd Grade Division

Angel Garcia, Primero, 1st Grade

4th through 5th Grade Division

Braelynn Beard, Aguilar, 5th Grade

Second place prize: $50 cash

Preschool-Kindergarten Division

Amy Wheeler, Aguilar, Kindergarten

1st through 3rd Grade Division

Parker Bradford, Aguilar, 3rd Grade

4th through 5th Grade Division

Uriah Shine, My Tech High, 5th Grade

Third place prize: $25 cash

Preschool-Kindergarten Division

Amaina Portrey, Aguilar, Kindergarten

1st through 3rd Grade Division

 Samuel Wheeler, Aguilar, 2nd Grade

4th through 5th Grade Division

Elias Bobian, Peakview, 4th Grade

Avoid Overloading Your Home’s Electrical System

We’re often told to not overload our schedules, but what about our home’s electrical system? Turns out it is not a good idea, since doing so can cause damage and put your family at risk.

An overload simply means that you have too many things running on one or more electrical circuits or pathways in your home and there is more demand than supply. When this happens, it can cause a minor inconvenience like damage to an appliance or a major one like a power outage or a fire.

To prevent overloading circuits, consider the following tips:

  • Although tempting, don’t plug too many things in by using extension cords, power strips and multi-outlet converters. Overdoing it can overload and overheat a circuit.
  • Be on the lookout for loose connections or damaged or corroded wires, which can also cause an overload or fire.
  • If you continually upgrade your home with more lighting, appliances, and electronics, your home’s circuits may not be able to handle the increased load.
  • Do not plug in multiple devices or appliances into an outlet at the same time, exceeding the outlet’s capacity. Do not use extension cords with major appliances.

Consult an electrician if you notice the following:

  • Warm or discolored outlets or outlet cover plates
  • Flickering, dimming or blinking lights or any other strange lighting behavior
  • Items in your home frequently cause a mild shock
  • Other strange happenings like a burning odor that has no source or unusual sounds coming from outlets
  • Fuses that blow or trip frequently

Do what you can to avoid overloading the circuits in your home. Although the majority of a home’s electrical system is out of sight, out of mind, don’t take overload symptoms lightly and consult an electrician with concerns.

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