Monthly Archives: October 2014

Halloween Freebies…Happy Halloween

halloween1Happy Halloween from our family to yours! Below you will find a list of freebies today…some you have to show up in costume and some are just coupons. I found this list from here. (If you are like me you like freebies)
 
To celebrate Halloween, a few companies have special promotions to make sure you and your kids’ Halloween 2014 is mostly treat and less trick. Here’s some of the best out there, including free doughnuts, cheap burritos, and lots of free kid’s meals.
 
It’s that wonderful time of year again when masked children run around taking candy from strangers! These deals and freebies are for participating locations so if you want to be 100% sure, you might want to call ahead to be safe. Time to get your kids in their costumes—or you to get in yours—and hit up these locations for some treats:
 
* Chipotle: Show up in costume at any participating Chipotle after 5pm and get a burrito for only $3.
* Outback Steakhouse: Bring the kids in their costumes and they’ll eat free as long as you buy one entree.
* Build-A-Bear: Free sweet treats for kids, no purchase necessary.
* Petco: Get a pound of free dog treats from the Treat Bar through today with a $10 purchase and this coupon.
* Wendy’s: You can purchase a Halloween Frosty coupon book for $1 and get coupons for free Frosty’s. Proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
* LEGO Store: Kids in costume will receive a special Halloween LEGO sticker while supplies last.
* Sonic: Corn dogs or only 50 cents each all day long.
* IHOP: Kids can create their own “scary face” pancake for free.
* PDQ: Come in costume and kids eat free and you get buy one get one free on any order.
* Jamba Juice: From 2-7pm, kids can get a free smoothie.
* Bass Pro Shops: Get a free 4×6 Halloween photo between 5-8pm Friday, or Noon-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Other free kids events will be happening from 4-8pm as well.
* Boston Market: Free kid’s meal with the purchase of any regular meal and this coupon.
Olive Garden: Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree and this coupon.
* Carraba’s Italian Grill: Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree.
* Sbarro: Kids in costume get a free slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza.
* Starbucks: Get a Franken Frappucino or any other grande Frappucino for only $3 after 2pm.
* Krispy Kreme: Show up in costume and you can pick a free doughnut of your choice, including the special edition Ghostbusters doughnuts.
 
You may not have all of these stores or restaurants around you, but hopefully there’s at least one nearby that you and your kids can enjoy for Halloween. If you know of some other great deals or freebies, let us know in the comments! Happy Halloween!
 
 

Why is Carbon Monoxide Safety important?

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Did you know that, according to the NFPA, there is a carbon monoxide incident reported every 7 minutes in the United States? ARC Electric Company wants to help lower that statistic. So much so that we are willing to come out to your home to give a carbon monoxide detector at no charge! (see below)
 
Carbon Monoxide also known as the “Invisible Killer” is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.
 
What is carbon monoxide (CO) and how is it produced?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane, and natural gas. Products and equipment powered by internal combustion engines such as portable generators, cars, lawn mowers, and power washers also produce CO.
 
How can I prevent CO poisoning?
• Install a CO alarm that meets the requirements of the current UL 2034 safety standard. A CO alarm can provide some added protection, but it is no substitute for proper use and upkeep of appliances that can produce CO. Install a CO alarm in the hallway near every separate sleeping area of the home. Make sure the alarm cannot be covered up by furniture or draperies.
• Make sure appliances are installed and operated according to the manufacturer’s instructions and local building codes. Most appliances should be installed by qualified professionals. Have the heating system professionally inspected and serviced annually to ensure proper operation. The inspector should also check chimneys and flues for blockages, corrosion, partial and complete disconnections, and loose connections.
• Never service fuel-burning appliances without proper knowledge, skill and tools. Always refer to the owners manual when performing minor adjustments or servicing fuel-burning equipment.
• Never operate a portable generator or any other gasoline engine-powered tool either in or near an enclosed space such as a garage, house, or other building. Even with open doors and windows, these spaces can trap CO and allow it to quickly build to lethal levels.

 
What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?
Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:
• Headache
• Fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Nausea
• Dizziness
High level CO poisoning results in progressively more severe symptoms, including:
• Mental confusion
• Vomiting
• Loss of muscular coordination
• Loss of consciousness
• Ultimately death
Symptom severity is related to both the CO level and the duration of exposure. For slowly developing residential CO problems, occupants and/or physicians can mistake mild to moderate CO poisoning symptoms for the flu, which sometimes results in tragic deaths. For rapidly developing, high level CO exposures (e.g., associated with use of generators in residential spaces), victims can rapidly become mentally confused, and can lose muscle control without having first experienced milder symptoms; they will likely die if not rescued.

 
FREECO

CLICK HERE and fill out the registration form for your FREE Carbon Monoxide Detector with your FREE CurrentSAFE In-Home Assessment.
 
 
 
 

Time Change…Change Batteries….

Who doesn’t love fall Time Change Sunday? We get an extra hour. What are you going to do with your new found time?
 
Here’s a thought: When you wake and find yourself with that extra hour, change all of the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms. Talk about time well spent.
 
Remember, they can only do their job if you do yours.
 
Time Change

 
 
http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2013/10/replace-your-smoke-alarm-and-co-alarm-batteries-this-sunday/

KOHLER Know How…

 
To become a KOHLER provider we had to send a technician to a 3 day course in Charlotte to have classroom and hands on KOHLER generator knowledge. We sent Thomas to class with a few other companies and he received great training. Hands on training is the best for electricians and we all know this was very helpful.

Fire Prevention – Smoke Alarms

Most fire deaths are preventable. Protect yourself and your family by:
Purchase one or more smoke alarms.
Install your alarms properly.
Identify escape routes and practice escaping.
Maintain your alarms.

 

How many should I have in my house?
There should be a least one smoke alarm on every level of your household. Additional alarms will significantly increase your chances of survival
 
Where should I install my smoke alarms?
Follow the manufacturer’s guidance on the recommended location of smoke alarms in a house. Most smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall near the bedrooms. This enables the alarm to sense the smoke as it approaches the sleeping area. Install your smoke alarm away from air outlet vents to prevent dust accumulation.
 
Know How to Escape
Your smoke alarm will awaken you, but you may not be thinking clearly. You should practice escaping before an emergency strikes. Once a fire has started, it spreads rapidly. You may have only seconds to get out. Normal exits from bedrooms may be blocked by smoke or fire. It is important everyone knows exactly what to do.
 
Identify Escape Routes
Plan two exits from every room. Second story windows may need a rope or chain ladder to enable occupants to escape safely. Choose a meeting place outside the home so you’ll know everyone has escaped. Practice your escape!
 
Maintenance is Important
Your smoke alarm must be maintained properly to provide you and your family with protection.
 
How do I maintain my smoke alarms?
Replace batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember to change batteries when you change your clocks!
Dust the grill of your alarm.
Test your alarm monthly or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

 
Smoke Alarm Program
CFD partners with many community organizations to provide and install Smoke Alarms to residents upon request. To find out more about this program call the smoke alarm hotline at 704-336-2697, complete the Smoke Alarm Request Form or email firesafety@charlottenc.gov
 
 
http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/fire/divisions/fireandlifesafety/pages/smoke%20alarms.aspx

Fire Prevention Month….

 
Everything we observe or celebrate has a back story, a tall tale or a legend. When looking into Fire Prevention Month I found a few legends, few tall tales and many eye opening accounts of what actually happened that night and why we want to make sure everyone is aware of fire safety and prevention. When I think of a fire – I instantly think of my lovely outdoor firepit (that as I type this may be a bit too close to my house). I don’t automatically think of a house fire destroying homes and lives. But maybe it should. Fire is dangerous and we should teach our kids and families about it, as to keep them aware, help them know what to do in a scary situation and how to prevent it.
 
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.
 
According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow – belonging to Mrs. Catherine O’Leary – kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you’ve heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O’Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events.
 
Of course, like any good story, the ‘case of the cow’ has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O’Leary kept her five milking cows. But there is no proof that O’Leary was in the barn when the fire broke out – or that a pyromaniac cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O’Leary herself swore that she’d been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening, as well. But if a cow wasn’t to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believed that a neighbor of the O’Leary’s may have started the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on October 8, starting several fires that day – in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago. But, who really knows?
 
While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn’t the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended. Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames were whipping through the area ‘like a tornado,’ some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.
 
Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they’d been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years. And in 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.
 
Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. And is celebrated by National Fire Protection Agency and many more the entire month of October!

*nfpa.org

Pole Duty!

We have always said we are commercial, residential and service repair Electrical Contractor. We do many jobs ranging from complete Commercial upfits to repairing your doorbell. Last week a few guys were on light pole duty. A light pole was hit in a parking lot and we were asked to come fix it. Below are the pictures! Always great when we get to see what is going on in the field! Great job guys! And if you look closely you will realize one is not a service technician, he is the owner, Chris.
 
Alot of times you may see Chris or Mike (service manager) out in the field on jobsites. They like to check in on our crews, check in on our jobs and just make sure the homeowner or contractor is happy!