Monthly Archives: October 2015

Fall Electrical Safety Tips – Part 3 (GFCI)

 
Since the ’70s, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) have saved thousands of lives and have helped cut the number of home electrocutions in half. GFCIs are an electrical outlet that trip electrical circuits when they detect ground faults or leakage currents. Without these a person can be severely shocked or electrocuted. These outlets prevent deadly shock by quickly shutting off power to the circuit. Typically you see them in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and outside. A GFCI should be used in any indoor or outdoor area where water may come into contact with an electrical product.
 
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Fall Electrical Safety Tips – Part 2 (Heating Pads / Electrical Blanket)

 
ARC Electric Company will be posting electrical safety tips all throughout the holiday season to help keep our customers and their loved ones safe. Part 2 is touching on heating pads and electric blankets. I hate to admit I have one but I don’t use it often and try to follow all the tips to stay safe.
 
* Heating pads and electric blankets cause approximately 500 fires every year.
 
* A heating pad is placed directly on the mattress and an electric blanket is just a blanket that is heated. These are not meant to be used interchangeably or simultaneously.
 
Safety Tips:
** Look for dark, charred, or frayed spots or one where the electric cord is cracked or frayed. (below is pictures of a burnt blanket and heating pad)
** Replace any worn or old heating pad or electric blanket.
** Do not allow anything to sit on top of a heating pad or electric blanket when it is in use, as it may overheat.
** Never fold electric blankets when using, again it may overheat.
** Heating pads or electrical blankets should never be left unattended or while sleeping.


 
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Monthly Reminder – Smoke & CO Detector

 
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At ARC Electric Company we care about our customers. This is your monthly reminder to check your smoke alarms and CO detector!
 

Testing Your Smoke Alarms
*Smoke alarms should be maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
*Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the “Test” button.
*Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
*Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
*Smoke alarms need a new battery at least once a year. If the alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.

 

Testing Your CO Detector
*Test CO alarms at least once a month using the “Test” button to ensure it is drawing electrical power. It will emit high-pitched, loud beeping, usually louder than a smoke detector. During this test it will also speak to you.
*Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the CO detector and knows how to respond.
*If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries and replace. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
*Replace CO detectors every 7 years.

 

ARC Electric Company is offering a FREE CO Detector with the purchase and installation of 4 or more smoke alarms. Call us today to schedule your appointment!
 
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Fall Electrical Safety Tips – Part 1

 
ARC Electric Company would like to remind you to keep electrical safety in mind as the cooler fall weather moves many activities back indoors. The following safety tips will help you stay safe during the change of seasons:
 
* Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. Check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
 
* Unplug and safely store battery chargers that won’t be in use again until spring.
 
* Use only weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture.
 
* Keep dry leaves swept away from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
 
* Make sure electric blankets are in good repair and power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut.
 
* Do not tuck your electric blanket under mattresses or children.
 
* Never allow pets to sleep on an electric blanket.

 
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Holiday Electrical Safety

 
Fall is a busy season for most Americans. We start decorating for Fall, then Halloween and then we start decorating for Christmas. While holiday lighting and electrical displays contribute to the splendor of the season, they can also significantly increase the risk fires and electrical injuries.
 
Over the next few weeks/months I will be sharing tips to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season. ARC Electric Company wants to help keep you and your family safe!
 
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Lessons on an Emergency Pantry

Brad Strudstrup is a writer for KOHLER Generators blog website and I came across a few of his post from 2012 – I thought I would share with our ARC Electric Company customers. I recently shared a post from him on 48 hours without Power. This is his follow up post on planning an emergency pantry. Great tips. I went home after the first blog and scoured my pantry to see if we could make it 48 hours – my family relies heavily on stocking meat in winter and veggies in the summer. So we will be changing some things around to be more prepared. But Brad’s below post can be seen here and is great information.
 
What did our 48-hour rehearsal teach us about how to prepare for a real emergency, especially an extended one?
 
Lesson 1 – Water. Even with a fairly thin pantry, we weren’t going to starve. But there’s no question that having enough drinking water was a major problem. So stock up. You can buy large jugs of water at the grocery store or fill your own. All that water needs to be properly stored (dark, cool) and rotated (at least every six months) to keep your supply fresh.
 
Second, you’ll need even more water for cooking and hygiene. As we ran out of fresh water, I started to eye the hot water tank as a water source. If you happen to have rain barrels or a swimming pool, that would be a great source for toilet-flushing water.
 
Lesson 2 – An Alternate Stove. If we had a couple bags of charcoal (or propane tanks) or a camp stove or hot plate with plenty of extra fuel, we would have eaten better. Much better. We had boxes of pasta, bottles of tomato sauce, olive oil, garlic and plenty of spices; we could have had a wonderful dinner. We could have heated up our ready-to-eat (RTE) meals. Had a hot cup of coffee. Now that’s living!
 
Lesson 3 – More Ready-to-Eat Meals! We would have loved a week’s worth of ready-to-eat meals in vacuum pouches, cups or bowls. But RTE meals are fairly expensive, so buy when they’re on sale.
 
Lesson 4 – A Full Pantry. If you don’t have an alternative stove or plenty of RTEs, a well-stocked pantry will be the heart of your emergency planning. Think in terms of food groups.
 
Protein? Think: canned chicken, fish and beans, energy bars, peanut butter and nuts.
 
Dairy and Beverages? Think: powered or boxed milk or milk substitutes, instant breakfast shakes, boxed juices.
 
Vegetables and Fruits? Think: canned corn, carrots, peas and tomatoes. Canned peaches, pears, pineapple or ready-to-eat fruit cups. Applesauce!
 
Boxed and Packaged Foods? Think: pasta, rice, cereals. And bread substitutes like shelf-stable tortillas and taco shells.
 
Treats? Think: boxes of dried fruits, puddings, chocolate bars, jams and jellies, honey, sugar. Chips and pretzels for snacks.
 
Don’t Forget! Coffee and tea. Condiments like salsa, ketchup, mustard and a shaker of Parmesan cheese. Olive oil, salt and pepper, spices and seasonings.
 
Your preparations will need modification if you’re planning meals for an infant or anyone with dietary concerns or food allergies.
 
Lesson 5 – Disposable Dinnerware and Hygiene Products. Having paper plates, cups and plastic utensils would have been extremely helpful. Consider about how you’re going to clean up and maintain a high level of hygiene. Do you have enough napkins, paper towels and cleaning supplies? Garbage bags? Extra toilet paper and hand sanitizer?
 
Although this experience was challenging, it has taught me two important lessons: 1) a manual can opener is a great invention; and 2) we should all seriously consider a home generator! After all, with a backup generator, we’d have a different story to tell, because life and meals would be no different than any other day.”

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