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Houchin Electric Family 4 Pack Giveaway Official Rules

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Houchin Electric Family 4 Pack Giveaway Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

Grand Prize: 

Winner will receive one Family Four Pack of tickets good for admission into either Frontier City or into White Water Bay, both located in Oklahoma City, OK.  Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash. Approximate value of the Family Four Pack is $120 (one hundred and twenty dollars).

How To Enter:

Beginning July 26, 2017 capture a photo of any official Houchin Electric Company work van or truck. Post the photo to your Facebook page and include the hashtag #HouchinKnowsElectric in the comment section of your post. Your post must be PUBLIC on Facebook or we will not be able to see your entry.

All entries must be received by midnight August 4th, 2017.

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To enter without uploading a photo: Mail a letter with your full name, complete address, and phone number along with a signed statement, agreeing to the official rules of the Houchin Electric Family 4 Pack Giveaway to: GuRuStu, 2017 Houchin 4 Pack, 628 E. 3rd Street, Tulsa, OK  74120.

Deadline to enter by mail is August 4, 2017

Winner Selection:

One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. On or before Monday, August 7th, 2017, the winner will be notified on Facebook or by mail and will have 7 calendar days to claim his/her prize or a new winner will be chosen at random from the remaining eligible entries.

Winner’s List:

For the winner’s name, send a separate self- addressed, stamped envelope to:

GuRuStu, 2017 Houchin 4 Pack, 628 E. 3rd Street, Tulsa, OK  74120 before September 30, 2017.

ENTRIES:

Incomplete entries or entries that have been tampered with will be disqualified. Only one entry allowed per person. Entries using macro, robotic, script or other forms of automatic entry will be disqualified. Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned. No mechanically reproduced entries permitted. Proof of submission does not constitute proof of receipt. If there is a dispute as to the identity of an online entrant, the prize will be awarded to the authorized account holder of the social media account. The “authorized account holder” is defined as the natural person to whom the social media account is assigned by the service provider or other organization.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of Sponsor, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, the independent judging organization and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same of household of each such employee) are not eligible.

 

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: 

Expenses not specifically included in prize description and any applicable taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. The prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either expressed or implied outside of manufacturer’s limited warranty. No substitution of the prize permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize for an item of equal or greater value in the event an advertised prize is unavailable. All federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Entrants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Promotion. Winners (and parent or legal guardian if winner is a minor) may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release and where legally permissible a Publicity Release within 7 days following the date of first attempted notification. Failure to comply with this deadline may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize/prize notification as non-deliverable may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Winners hereby further agree that they will sign any documents necessary to transfer copyright of the entry to Sponsor within 7 days following the date of first attempted notification. Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use winner’s name and/or likeness, biographical material and/or entry (including an altered form of the entry) for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. By accepting prize, winner agrees to hold Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representative agents, successors, assigns, officers, directors, and employees harmless for any injury or damage caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the Promotion or acceptance or use of the prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any printing, typographical, mechanical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Promotion or in the announcement of the prize.

 

INTERNET:

Sponsor is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind, or inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor or presenter on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Promotion, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. Sponsor further reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in a Promotion if it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion by cheating, hacking, deception or other unfair playing practices or intending to abuse, threaten or harass other entrants. Caution: Any attempt by a participant to deliberately damage any Web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such participant to the fullest extent of the law.

 

DISPUTES/CHOICE OF LAW:

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by state or federal courts situated in Tulsa, OK, (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) no punitive, incidental, special, consequential or other damages, including without limitation lost profits may be awarded (collectively, “Special Damages”), and (4) entrant hereby waives all rights to claim Special Damages and all rights to have such damages multiplied or increased. Oklahoma State law, without reference to Oklahoma’s choice of law rules, governs the Promotion and all aspects related thereto.

 

SPONSOR:

The Sponsor of this promotion is Houchin Electric Company, 9134 E 46th St, Tulsa, OK 74145.

Protect Yourself, Your Loved Ones, and Your Stuff with GFCI Outlets!

GFCI outlets were designed to protect people from deadly electrical shock. They can also help reduce the risk of house fires caused by electrical problems and reduce damage to appliances caused by faulty electrical circuits.

The way they work is rather clever. A GFCI outlet monitors the flow of energy through the circuit. If an imbalance between the “hot” and “neutral” poles in the circuit occurs, indicating that there is a ground fault, the outlet trips off. Ground faults occur for a variety of reasons, including a person touching an energized part of the circuit, which can be deadly; think of a hair dryer falling in the water while a person is in the bathtub.

A GFCI outlet has two small buttons, “test” and “reset.” GFCI outlets should be tested regularly to confirm they are working properly. You can test an outlet by plugging a lamp into it and turning the lamp on, and then hitting the test button. If the outlet is working properly, when you hit the test button, the lamp should go off and the reset button should pop out. Press the reset button to turn the outlet back on.

GFCI outlets are most commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens. However, Houchin Electric suggests you also have them installed in your garage, crawl space, unfinished basement, and outdoors around your home. These areas are of most concern because they are prone to the development of ground faults.

If you have a GFCI outlet trip, your safest bet is to have a professional electrician from Houchin Electric inspect it. For example, if a bathroom outlet suddenly stops working, it may be because a wire inside the outlet is encountering something that is causing a ground fault. You may not even be aware of the fault but an electrician from Houchin Electric can run a diagnostic test to determine why the outlet shut off and replace the outlet if it needs to be replaced. Browse our website Houchin Electric to learn more about us and the services we offer.

We want you to please be aware that you can still experience a shock even when you have GFCI outlets. GFCI outlets detect imbalances in energy quickly enough to prevent severe or fatal shock, but victims can still experience a shock in the fraction of a second it takes for the GFCI outlet to respond to a ground fault.

Houchin Electric can install GFCI outlets in any area of your home: kitchen, bathroom, garage, attic, basement, even the outdoors around your home.  Give us a call to install or replace your non-working outlets today! 918-663-1818

Bathroom Exhaust Fan Safety Tips

Bathroom exhaust fans are often found to be the cause of household fires.

Houchin Electric has previously posted information on the importance of installing GFCI electrical outlets in the bathroom, but today we thought we would take bathroom safety a step further with a discussion about bathroom exhaust fans.

The most common reasons bathroom exhaust fans set fire are bad wiring, constant operation, gathered dust, and age.

Bad Wiring

The first and most obvious cause for a bathroom fan to catch fire is bad wiring. Below are some of dangerous warning signs to look for if you expect bad wiring in your home. However, an inspection by a professional electrician from Houchin Electric is always your best defense.

  • Frequent Circuit Trips
  • Dimming or Flickering Lights
  • Overrated Circuit
  • Buzzing or Charred Outlets and Switches
  • “Live” Appliances
  • Smell Something Burning?
  • Damaged or Worn Insulation
  • Funny Wiring

 Fan Under Constant Operation

Ideally, you should run your bathroom fan for 15-20 minutes during and after a bath or shower. This will help control moisture in your bathroom. However, you should not leave the fan running all the time. Running the fan constantly puts wear on the ball bearings inside and can cause them to lock up. If the bearings lock up, the fan motor will overheat and spark a fire.

Dusty Fan

Bathroom fans seem to attract dust and lint like a magnet. You should clean your fan on a regular basis to rid the dust and lint because they can ignite and cause a fire. At least once a month, clean your bathroom fan to help keep it safe. We suggest turning the fan off and then using canned air to clean the fan. Simply spray the air until all the dust and lint have been removed.

Old Bathroom Fans

Old fans are a hazard. You should have them replaced once they are past their time. A new fan will run more efficient for you, save energy and increase the fire safety of your home.

Installation

Do you need to install a new bathroom fan in your home? Are you afraid the wiring in your home is not up to par? Call Houchin Electric to do the installation for you! Browse our website to learn more: Houchin Electric.

 

 

 

Houchin Electric Professionally Installs Standby Generators

Don't get stuck IN THE DARK. Hire the professionals at Houchin Electric to install a standby generator for your home.

Don’t get stuck IN THE DARK. Hire the professionals at Houchin Electric to install a standby generator for your home.

The weather in Oklahoma is very unpredictable. And doesn’t it seem like the power has a knack for going out when you need it most? Nothing’s more frustrating than having a power outage right after you’ve fully stocked your fridge. And the last thing anyone wants is to be stranded in the dark in an unheated home during the coldest winter months. That’s why you should keep your fridge running, your lights on and your home safe and comfortable during the next natural or man-made disaster with a standby backup generator, professionally installed by the experienced electricians at Houchin Electric.

A professionally installed standby generator has many advantages over a portable generator. Rather than having to go outside and hook up a portable generator during a storm in the middle of the night, a professionally installed standby generator senses a power outage and switches to generator power for you. Likewise, if you are away from home when the power goes out, a professionally installed standby generator will keep your milk and ice cream cold until you return. A portable generator generally runs on gasoline or diesel, fuels that must be stored in-between use or else you have the additional stress of finding and purchasing fuel before getting your home powered back up. Yet, a professionally installed standby generator can use the existing natural gas or propane lines already on your property.

With all this said, there is still the cost of something you hope to rarely use. Purchasing a standby generator and having it professionally installed is a significant investment in your home and family’s security. You should consider the size and price of the generator and weigh those against the number of appliances you want to power in your home in the event of an emergency. Keep in mind, most standby generators within the financial reach of ordinary homeowners will not power everything at the same time. Some installations may even require permits, which will add extra time and expense. However, each time you decide to just ‘tough it out’ during a power outage, you’re facing the possibility of having to replace lost food, pipes and other electricity-sensitive investments. As a solution, Houchin Electric recommends having a standby generator professionally installed to hedge you and your family against power outage emergencies.

When you’re ready to have a standby generator professionally installed, call the professionals at Houchin Electric for a consultation!

Swimming Pool Electrical Safety

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Summertime is considered one of the most active times of the year. The season is full of cook outs, road trips and unforgettable pool parties. But if the proper precautions are not taken, a pool party may become unforgettable for the wrong reason, injury. Swimming can be dangerous for many reasons such as drowning, slipping, chemical exposure and even bacteria causing diseases. All of these are worth looking into, however one danger pool owners often forget is to inspect the possibility of electrical shock.

Practice safety around the pool and always remember, the use of any electrical equipment such as underwater lights, deck lights, a pool pump or any other accessory can pose a threat to people in the water if the wiring is incorrect or faulty. Both water and chlorine are excellent conductors of electricity, making swimming pools very hazardous in unsafe electrical conditions.

Remember to always use a trained technician. Call Houchin Electric for installation, service or repair of any electrical wiring or equipment. Reference this list of safety precautions to help avoid electrocution or electrical shock.

  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) for the power supply circuit for each piece of electrical equipment, including utility pumps to drain the pool water. The GFCI will disconnect the power supply if any electricity leaks are detected.
  • Insure your installation meets all local and national codes.
  • Make sure all electrical equipment is grounded and all metal objects (ladders, diving platforms, etc.) are electrically bonded together.
  • Never use extension cords around a pool or spa.
  • Never use electrical devices while in or close to the edge of a pool.
  • Never enter the water when a utility pump is running.
  • Never put an aluminum vacuum handle into the pool.
  • Never swim in your pool or spa during a lightning storm.

Summertime is not the only time for swimming. Many pools are open throughout the year and pools are common fixtures of hotels, cruise ships, resorts and fitness centers, making pool safety a year round commitment.

If you are looking for a trained professional to inspect your commercial pool or home pool for electrical safety, look no further than the professionals at Houchin Electric. Our many years of service will ensure that your guests have a splashing good time.

Give us a call at 918-663-1818 or visit HouchinElectric for more information.