Monthly Archives: August 2015

Electrical Outlet Safety

 
Tree Outlet Overloaded It seems to happen most around the holidays — your electrical outlets begin to put on extra weight. For example; nine strings of lights for the tree, Christmas village, a CD player with holiday music and — for some reason — a George Foreman Grill. It seems like just staring at this mess of electrical cords for too long will give it just the extra boost it needs to catch fire. I hate to say it but that sounds like me. We have one right by our tree and its so convienent for everything else, so it gets all jumbled together.
 
Overloaded outlets do cause fires — an estimated 5,300 annually in American households [source: CPSC]. Almost 2,000 of those occur during the holidays [source: ESFI]. Visions of burning sugarplums have me rethinking our decorating plan this year.
 
 
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Overloaded Electrical Outlet – Quick Tip of the Day

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Quick Tip…Please, do not overload your outlets. Overloaded outlets do cause fires — an estimated 5,300 annually in American households(source: CPSC).
 

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Electrical Safety Tips During Storms

 
Electricity has become integral to our daily lives and as a nation we have grown accustom to living with and using electricity that we may forget how powerful and dangerous it can be. As the storm season rages on around us we want to remind you of some precautionary measures. Here you will find some useful information about how to avoid electrical accidents especially during inclement weather.
 
**Ensure children are taught the dangers of electricity from a young age to prevent accidents.
 
**Never use appliances with faulty, frayed, exposed or cracked electrical wires.
 
**Switch off power points before plugging or unplugging devices.
 
**Do not attempt repairs of electrical appliances, wires or switches. Call us for your free estimate! 704-821-7005
 
**Never leave your home with heat producing appliances still operating (e.g. oven, microwave, iron, hair styling tools)
 
**Regularly remove any build up of combustible materials such as dust, paper and fabric from around electricity sources and appliances.
 
**Ensure the correct bulb size and rating (watts) is installed into lamps per the manufacturer’s instructions.
 
**Ensure appliances are installed in well ventilated areas to prevent overheating.
 
**Put safety plugs into unused power point sockets to prevent accidental contact.
 
**Install a whole home surge protector. More info on those HERE.
 
**Do not allow liquids to come into contact with power points or sockets.
 
**Never touch anything electrical with wet hands or bare feet.
 
**Ensure electrical cords are kept out of reach of children.
 
**Keep well clear of overhead power lines.

 
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Lightning Storm Safety

In the Charlotte, Indian Trail and Matthews area we have had some crazy lightning storms the past few nights. Even at my house in Marshville we got a crazy storm one night. I read several news articles where homes in the Charlotte area had been struck with lightning causing fires. Which is very scary! Our CurrentSAFE Electrical Hazard Detection test can help locate hidden electrical hazards in your home caused by lightning strikes or surges.
 
CurrentSAFE is the most comprehensive diagnosis of your homes electrical system! ARC Electric Company’s specially trained CurrentSAFE Technician can locate concealed electrical problems by providing this revolutionary electrical testing on residential properties without having to dismantle, damage or cut into any parts of the home. CurrentSAFE’s unique testing process ensures the electrical safety of a home along with reducing the risk of fire or electric shock by exposing any potential hazards that can and should be corrected. ARC Electric Company is the only company in the Charlotte area that can offer this test.
 
We work closely with several insurance companies after storms and if needed we offer 0% financing.
 
Do not become a statistic – call us TODAY to set up your free in home assessment! 704-821-7005
 
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10 Tips to Get Ahead of Winter Freeze

Saying the word “winter” in the summer time should be a no no, but I just wanted to share 10 Tips to Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze. It is never too early to get prepared for the cold weather. The NFPA shared these great tips.

Top 10 Winter Freeze Tips
 
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“Hear The Beep Where You Sleep”

 
“Hear The Beep Where You Sleep” is this years Fire Prevention Week theme. Working smoke alarms, as well as testing your smoke alarms, is very important. Visit www.FirePreventionWeek.org for more information.
 
Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP

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Fun Electricity Fact

 
Muska Electric shared a fun electricity fact and I wanted to share with you!

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Fun electricity fact: If you had a lamp on the moon connected to a switch in your house, it would take only 1.28 seconds for it to light up 238,857 miles away. (Electricity travels 186,000 miles per second.)
 
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Fire Prevention Week 2015

Smoke Alarm Safety
Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10 this year and the theme is “hear the BEEP where you SLEEP”. Educating homeowners that every bedroom needs a working smoke detector.
 
Home fires
*Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep.
*One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom.
*Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
 
Smoke Alarms
*Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
*Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
*When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
 
Escape Planning
*According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
*Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half never practiced it.
 
 
 

August 10th Newsletter

 
Dear ARC Electric Customer,
 
It’s August, which means Fall and cooler weather are approaching; then we have Thanksgiving and Christmas to look forward to. Actually, I saw on Facebook there are only 19 weeks until Christmas!
 
If you don’t follow our blog, you should! Click the green “b” box below to be re-directed to our blog page. I recently read an interesting article from “This Old House” about performing a DIY Yearly Inspection on your home. When you buy or sell a home a home inspection is typically requested; so why not stay pro-active and perform your own inspection once a year. Read the article and post HERE.
 
If you don’t have an Eaton whole home surge protector installed at your panel, call us today! We are offering a $50 off coupon on our website. See below for details.
 
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WHOLE HOME SURGE PROTECTOR
Eaton’s whole home surge protectors help protect your home electronics from the damaging effects of electrical surges and are widely approved by Mike Holmes from HGTV. The main job of a whole home surge protector is to provide protection at the point of entrance to the home. Protecting your home at this location will reduce surges entering the home to an acceptable level for your homes electronics and appliances. Surges, even though brief, can fry equipment wires, causing a malfunction. The most common causes are lightning, utility grid switching and other users on the power line.
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CURRENTSAFE
Wiring hazards are both a major cause of electrocutions and home fires, killing hundreds and injuring thousands each year. ARC Electric Company’s specially trained CurrentSAFE Technician can locate concealed electrical problems by providing this revolutionary electrical testing on residential properties without having to dismantle, damage or cut into any parts of the home. CurrentSAFE’s unique testing process ensures the electrical safety of a home along with reducing the risk of fire or electric shock by exposing any potential hazards that can and should be corrected. We offer a FREE In Home Assessment to go over CurrentSAFE and the electrical hazard detection test to see if its right for your home! Call us today! (704) 821-7005
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Coupons Offered By ARC Electric Company

Did you know we offer coupons to our customers? They randomly change and can be found on the Coupons under the “Resources” tab on the main menu. You can view them by clicking here or they are below.
 


 
*These cannot be combined with any other offers and must be printed off to be redeemed.