Saftey First

Posted on January 31st, 2013 in category "Tips"

One of my electrical appliances recently had a non-passive failure (industry talk for a small explosion) and it occurred to me that we have never really talked much about electrical safety. Most electrical apparatuses run for years without issue and without much maintenance and we never give them a second thought. But they are machines and we should respect them and always deal with them in a safe manner, here are a few tips to help keep you and your family safe.

Do – throw away those old Holiday lights. Don’t – leave the lights up over 90-days. Holiday lights are approved for temporary installations only.

Do – cut the electrical cord into many small pieces when throwing away a defective electrical device. You wouldn’t want others to be tempted to dig them out of the trash and get hurt using them.

Do – unplug electrical devices when not in use. This also helps save electricity because they do draw a small amount of power when not in use.

Do – make sure that you have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet anywhere near water (kitchen & bath areas) and outdoors; or use extension cords with a GFCI on the cord.

Do – replace the GFCI outlet if it has tripped a few times. They are not meant to be reset over and over again.

Do – dry off the sink area before blow drying your hair. Never-ever touch a running dryer that has fallen into water. It may look like it is not running but it is.

Do – always vacuum your car before washing it. Never-ever vacuum with water in the area. If there is one small cut in the cord, it could be deadly.

Do – tuck cords away out of the reach of children and small pets. Avoid running cords under carpets.

Don’t – plug one plug strip into another. Plugs strips are not approved to be joined together.


Coupon!

Posted on January 15th, 2013 in category "Coupons"


Dallas Market Update

Posted on January 15th, 2013 in category "Uncategorized"

The showroom will have temporary coverage during Market. We may not be open all hours so please check with us, we will be monitoring e-mail and voice mail on a regular basis. Plus you can always reach us through the website contact page. We will be back to our regular hours Tuesday, January 22nd.

By phone: 503-719-5011
By email: info@portecolighting.com


New Year…New Pendants

Posted on January 2nd, 2013 in category "New"

Let’s get this New Year started! Does your house look a bit dull once all the Holiday decorations were put away? Why not add some color with new beautiful glass pendants? Many new pendants have been added to the store, both 120V and low voltage (12V). Plus, we will continue to add more as the new 2013 products are rolled out, so please check back. Happy New Year!