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St. Louis NECA Chapter Partnership Provides Safety Tips to Reduce Electrical Fires

DEC 26, 2017

As colder weather approaches, a partnership of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1 is trying to raise awareness of the hazards of home electrical fires typically associated with colder weather.

Improper use of space heaters, extension cords and outdoor lighting, for example, can combine with overtaxed circuits to enhance the risk of electrical fire hazards over the next several months.

The Electrical Connection is providing safety tips to reduce those hazards in response to a national report earlier this year on electrical fires by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The annual average of U.S. home structure fires reported in the U.S. involving electrical failure or malfunction from 2010 to 2014 was 45,210, according to an NFPA report in March. The fires resulted in 420 deaths, 1,370 injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage each year.

NFPA has found that electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 57 percent of the home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction.

“Our NECA contractors are frequently called to make electrical repairs to faulty installations that were perform by someone who didn’t have the skills to do the work,” Doug Martin, CEO of the St. Louis Chapter, said in a press release. “We emphasize building to National Electrical Codestandards to avoid wiring hazards hidden behind walls of homes and businesses.”

Learn more about the St. Louis Electrical Connection and its activities, here.

President Chettle Elected as Treasurer of NECA St. Louis

SEC President, Tim Chettle, in addition to being a member of the Executive Committee, was elected as Treasurer of the St. Louis Chapter NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association).  Tim was installed at the annual Chapter Dinner and will serve a three year term.  Congratulations Tim!

Affton Days Parade

Schaeffer Electric Affton Days Parade 2017

Schaeffer Electric employees recently took part in the 2017 Affton Days Parade. They won the award for best theme! Congrats to those who participated in this fun event!


From IBEW.ORG – With Season On the Line, St. Louis Local Lights Up Youth Baseball Program’s Diamonds

Schaeffer Electric, NECA, and the IBEW enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community when the need arose.  Please see the story on the IBEW’s website!

Aluminum Wiring Tips – from

Do you have aluminum wiring in your home?  Here are some tips from the Electrical Connection!


CEO Dan Schaeffer Completes Term as NECA District VP

Dan Schaeffer, CEO, recently completed his four year term on NECA’s National Executive Committee as 7th District Vice President.  The 7th District is comprised of NECA contractors located in Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas.

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New Ways To Save Energy Never Get Old! 13 Tips from the Electrical Connection!

It Pays To Hire Union – from

Customers have wide array of companies to choose from when they select an electrical contractor.  Please consider this article when doing so as Schaeffer Electric is extremely proud of its affiliation with the IBEW..

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Schaeffer Awarded Polar Bear Point at Saint Louis Zoo

Schaeffer Electric has been awarded the Polar Bear Point project at Saint Louis Zoo! Thanks to Rhodey Construction, Alberici Construction, and the Saint Louis Zoo for trusting our company with this important project.  For a little more information, have a look at this article on