Archives December 2017

Winter Décor and Heating Devices Pose Threats this Holiday Season; Stay Safe with Tips from Mister Sparky

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HOUSTON, Dec. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Home owners around the country are scrambling to finish last-minute holiday preparations, whether they’re shopping for gifts, putting the finishing touches on their holiday décor or making travel plans. However, it’s also important to prepare the home for common winter safety hazards.

The electricians at Mister Sparky®, part of the Direct Energy family of brands with independently owned and operated locations throughout North America, are sharing simple safety tips to help ensure you and your family stay safe this holiday season.

Follow proper precautions with holiday decorations.

When using a ladder to put up or take down holiday lights, set the ladder on stable ground, about one foot away from the wall for every four feet the ladder reaches up. Also, it’s recommended to use wooden or fiberglass ladders, as metal ladders conduct electricity.
Avoid running extension cords, wires or strings of lights across driveways, sidewalks, stairs or anywhere they could present a tripping hazard.
Keep yourself warm, yet safe with portable heaters.

When shopping for a space heater, it’s important to consider the safety features of the unit, the size of the area you want to heat and the energy efficiency of the heater.
Never leave a space heater on when you’re not home, and unplug the device when you’re not using it. It’s also important to keep combustibles at least three feet from the heat source. This can include holiday decorations and curtains.
Be mindful of the increased risk of house fires.

Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors now, if you haven’t already.
Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings. It is recommended that one smoke detector must be placed on every floor of the home, including basements and attics, as well as in every bedroom of the house.
For more winter safety tips, questions about your holiday décor or generic help with your electrical system, contact your local Mister Sparky.

About Mister Sparky®

Mister Sparky® electric is currently ranked by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top 500 franchise companies (#175) and ranked #1 franchise in the Electrical Services category since 2014. The company has an impeccable record for delivering fast, on-time service, accurate upfront pricing, and an overall pleasant experience for customers. We differentiate ourselves from all other electrical companies by our unique message to the marketplace: Mister Sparky – America’s On-Time Electrician®, We’re On Time, You’ll See, Or The Repair Is Free!®. We have trademarked “on-time” in the electrical industry and we champion it in the marketplace. Mister Sparky is part of the Direct Energy family of brands. Franchised locations are independently owned and operated businesses.

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About Direct Energy

Direct Energy is one of North America’s largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas, and home and business energy-related services with over four million customers. Direct Energy gives customers choice, simplicity, and innovation where energy, data, and technology meet. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), an international energy and services company, Direct Energy, its subsidiaries and/or affiliates, operate in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 4 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, please visit

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Decorate a Vet Kicks Off the Holidays by Transforming Five Northern Virginia Veterans’ Homes in One Day

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Dec. 2, 2017, 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the American Legion 130: 400 N. Oak Street, Falls Church, Virginia

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Press are invited to attend the kick off of Decorate a Vet’s 8th annual transformation of veterans’ homes for the holidays. Please join us Saturday, Dec. 2 beginning at 8 a.m. at the American Legion 130, 400 North Oak Street, Falls Church, Virginia for registration and marching orders.

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The mission: Today, many of our armed forces veterans are unable to take care of basic household and exterior chores. We provide help cleaning gutters, clearing brush, trimming tree limbs and maintaining sidewalks and landscapes. Other projects range from simple electrical work to the installation of wheelchair ramps and handrails to increase access and safety around the house. Our goal is to demonstrate appreciation for their service and to show some seasonal and community spirit by decorating for the holidays (and returning to take it all down). This brings folks of all ages together in a collective show of support and togetherness.

Decorate A Vet is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), dedicated to assisting local Northern Virginia veterans in making repairs and increasing accessibility as well as beautifying their yards and decorating them for holidays. Local businessman Jeff Jones of Classic StoneScaping & Gardens, LLC started with the idea of showing his appreciation to local veterans for their service. He shared his vision with a few business owners and harnessing the power of social media, Decorate A Vet was formed in less than thirty days. Decorate A Vet forged a relationship with local American Legion Post 130 to identify vets in need of assistance, and eight years later, weare still working together raising more money – all of which goes to the charity – and are decorating five houses this Dec. 2. Check us out on Faceboook @Decorate.A.Vet, Twitter @Decorate_A_Vet, Instagram @decorate_a_vet and

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Hammacher Schlemmer Introduces Unique Christmas Decorations

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NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its 169-year history of providing the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer offers a unique assortment of functional and novelty decorations for those looking to spruce up their traditional holiday décor.

“At Hammacher Schlemmer, we realize not everyone is looking for common Christmas decorations,” explained the company’s General Manager Nick DiMarco. “That’s why we also carry one-of-a-kind items including projector displays, inflatables, and other unique products.”

The Studio Quality Holiday Projector is an indoor/outdoor projector that displays festive Christmas-themed clips with quality that rivals major movie studios. Its professional-grade footage with eye-popping special effects and rich audio include video of Santa leaving presents under the tree, elves decorating Santa’s toy shop, and gently cascading silver snowflakes.

Another unique decoration is The 18′ Frosty The Snowman Light Show, a gigantic inflatable Frosty The Snowman that entertains kids and adults with a dazzling light show. Based on the beloved character from the classic 1969 cartoon, an internal projector illuminates Frosty’s bulbous body with a kaleidoscopic display of multi-colored lights.

For those looking for indoor décor, The Cordless Twinkling Tree Skirt is an illuminated tree skirt that twinkles with the light of a starry night. Made from rich velvet that compliments the greenery of a tree, the skirt has 16 white LEDs built into its surface that provide a gleeful glow to a Christmas tree’s base.

Hammacher Schlemmer also carries The LED Scrolling Holiday Message Banner, an animated indoor/outdoor banner that hangs in a window and lights up with holiday messages and icons. It comes preprogrammed with 13 seasonal greetings, including “Merry Christmas” and “Happy New Year” which are beamed out to passersby in 540 cool-white LEDs. The messages and a selection of animated icons, such as candy canes or snowflakes are invoked via remote.

For more information about these products, please contact Trish Hammond at (847) 581-8987 or via e-mail at

About Hammacher Schlemmer
Hammacher Schlemmer is America’s longest running catalog, offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected since 1848. The company provides unique products that solve problems or represent the only one of their kind, and backs its products by a rather famous Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction. Hammacher Schlemmer’s innovative offerings are available through its catalog, online at, and at its landmark store on East 57th Street in New York City.

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