Monthly Archives: April 2015

CurrentSAFE Electrical Safety Quiz

 
Don’t forget May is National Electrical Safety Month or NESM.
 
Have you taken our Electrical Safety Quiz? If you answered “no” to any other these questions, consider having a FREE CurrentSAFE assessment done. We will come out, go over the CurrentSAFE Electrical Hazard Detection(EHD) test, ask you show us any problems areas you have and we will let you know if CurrentSAFE is a good candidate for your home. CurrentSAFE is the only comprehensive electrical diagnosis of your homes electrical wiring and this non-destructive testing can point out a home’s electrical hazards before it becomes an emergency. All to often we see electrical emergencies that could have been avoided.
 
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You Had One Job….

 
I was recently scrolling through my personal Facebook page and a friend had posted a picture of her fiancee with water all over the floor with the caption “he had one job to watch the sink as it filled with water”. Obviously he failed at this task and she took to social media to “shame” – I have to admit it was quite funny. I love those pictures I see on pinterest of “you had one job” – so I went looking for any electrical uh-ohs and found a few. Sometimes I do wonder if there is a back story to why something is like that or if someone just isn’t paying attention.
 
Moral to this story – call ARC Electric Company 704-821-7005
 


 
 
 

Outdoor Safety Tips

Outdoor Electrical Safety
If you feel that you have an electrical issue that needs to be looked at or taken care of by a licensed electrician please do not hesitate to give us a call. Our phones are always answered office staff or an on-call technician, even after hours. ARC Electric Company offers free quotes and are glad to answer any question you may have! (704) 821-7005

 
 
 

National Electrical Safety Month (NESM)

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You are probably wondering why we keep covering electrical safety in great detail lately? Well, May is National Electrical Safety Month or NESM. We strive to provide you with the valued information to keep your families safe. We share information from ESFi (Electrical Safety Foundation International); a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. ESFi wants to get you and your entire family involved. The website offers great resources for parents as well as an interactive section for your children called Kids Corner.
 
Raising awareness about electrical hazards is the key to reducing home electrical fires, injuries and death, which is why we developed ESFI’s 2015 National Electrical Safety Month Electrical Safety Advocate Guide. Together, we can reduce the number of electrically-related deaths and injuries – one home, one school, and one workplace at a time.” …. ESFi.org
 
If you feel that you have an electrical issue that needs to be looked at or taken care of by a licensed electrician please do not hesitate to give us a call. Our phones are always answered office staff or an on-call technician, even after hours. ARC Electric Company offers free quotes and are glad to answer any question you may have! (704) 821-7005
 
 

NC 811 – Call Before You Dig

NC811 Safe Digging
CALL 811 ​BEFORE YOU DIG
 
Since 1978 North Carolina 811 has provided you a fast and easy communications link with your local utility providers. You give us your locate information, we transmit it to the utilities and then they send out locators to mark your underground lines for FREE. ​So remember, call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 ​three working days before you plan on digging.
 
The contacted facility members shall identify their lines in either water soluble paint or flags in accordance with the American Public Works Association Uniform Color Code as follows: Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit and Lighting Cables are red; Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum or Gaseous Materials are yellow; Communication, Cable TV, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit are orange, Potable Water is blue, Sewer or Drain Lines are green and Reclaimed Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines are purple. Please be aware that some facility members may indicate via telephone, fax, or email that their facilities are clear or that a representative needs to be on-site during excavation.
 
To learn more about the “Safe Digging Process” visit NC811 website – www.nc811.org/safe-digging-process.html
 
 
 

Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips for Kids

 
Hopefully you read our recent blog post about Indoor Electrical Safety Tips for Kids – if not CLICK HERE to read it. Now lets go over some electrical safety tips for our kids outside.
outdoor electrical safety tips for kids
*Never climb utility poles, transmission towers, or fences around electrical plants or substations! If you see other people doing these things, tell an adult you trust right away.
 
*Stay away from areas or buildings marked with signs that read “Danger: High Voltage.”
 
*If you enjoy climbing trees, avoid trees that are near electrical power lines!
 
*Never, ever touch an outdoor electrical pole or wire that has fallen to the ground!
 
*Come inside during a thunderstorm (or even occasional flashes of lightning with no rain)!
 
*Never swim during storms – as soon as you hear thunder or see lightning, get out of the water!
 
*Call 911 if you see a person who has been or is being electrocuted. Do not touch the person because they could be carrying the flow of electricity!

 
 
 

Indoor Electrical Safety Tips for Kids

 
Here are some great indoor electrical safety tips for your home and family. Electricity, when handled improperly, can be very dangerous and demands great respect from kids and adults in order to prevent accidents. My son is 4 and I am constantly reminding him of these safety concerns!

Electrical Safety Tips for Kids
*Never turn on a light switch or electrical appliance while you are wet or while you are in the bathtub.
 
*Be careful not to leave electrical cords where people might step on them. Wear and tear on the cord can cause it to become unsafe.
 
*Check electrical cords for exposed wiring before plugging anything in. If you see a worn-looking cord, point it out to an adult.
 
*Never put any object other than a plug designed for that purpose into an electrical outlet. If you have questions about whether a plug is safe to use, ask your parent or a teacher.
 
*Never touch electrical outlets with your fingers or with objects.
 
*Ask an adult to help you change light bulbs. Always turn lamps and other light fixtures off before changing a bulb.
 
*In case of an electrical fire at home get out of the house, then call the fire department and an adult. Never use water to try to put out an electrical fire—you could be electrocuted.

 
 
 
 

Home Electrical Safety Tips

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I found these great tips on ESFI.org* – Electrical Safety Foundation International. Keep in mind May is electrical safety month!
 
All electrical work in your home should be performed by a licensed electrician in accordance with local and national codes. Have your home electrical system inspected by a qualified professional if:
* Your home is 40 years old or older;
* You purchase a previously-owned home;
* Your home has undergone a major renovation; or
* You have added major new appliances in the last 10 years.

 
Consider having your circuit breakers replaced with arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which provide enhanced electrical fire protection by detecting dangerous arcing conditions.
 
Make sure all electrical panel circuits are properly labeled. Always replace fuses or circuit breakers with the correct size and amperage.
 
Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlets in areas where electricity is near a water source, like in the kitchen and bathroom.
 
Every month, use the TEST buttons to check that GFCIs, AFCIs, and smoke alarms are working properly.
 
Routinely check cords, outlets, switches, and appliance for signs of damage. Do not use damaged electrial devices.
 
Do not overload outlets with too many devices or appliances.
 
Do not use extension cords on a permanent basis, and never use them with major appliances.
 
Never run electrical cords under rugs or carpets. Do not pinch cords under furniture or in windows/doors.
 
Always use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture.

 
Look and listen for warning signs of an electrical problem. Contact ARC Electric Company is you observe any of the issues below.
* Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers;
* A tingling feeling or slight shock when you touch an appliance
* Outlets and/or switches that are warm or make crackling, sizzling or buzzing noises; or
* Flickering or dimming lights.

 
 
 
*http://esfi.org/index.cfm/page/Home-Electrical-Safety-Tips-for-Older-Adults/cdid/12829/pid/3003

Easter and ARC Electric Company

Friendly reminder that ARC Electric Company is closed today, Friday April 3rd in observance of Easter. Our staff and electricians will be spending time with their loved ones. Our office will re-open on Monday, April 6th at 8am. As always, our phones will be answered live by our technician in case of an emergency.
 
I spent Tuesday evening with my son (who’s 4), my nephew (who’s 4) and my niece (who’s 2) dying Easter eggs. That was an adventure. This was the first year we dyed eggs and after some spills and cracks we walked away with about 2 dozen good eggs. The kids loved it. I am a big kid and love dying eggs, so it was fun for all. We will then hide the eggs Sunday for the kids to find and at this age I think it will be a blast. The past few years we have done it on a smaller scale with plastic eggs, hopefully all will be found so we don’t have any stinky surprises later next week.
 
I hope you and your family enjoy this great weekend and enjoy the holiday! Hopefully your eggs and dying station look like the photo, because mine sure didn’t! – Whitney
 
Coloring eggs for Easter holiday