Monthly Archives: November 2015

Childproof Decorating Tips

 
The holidays are a magical time of year for children…wonderful candies, shiny new toys and glitzy decorations. The most cherished traditions of the holiday season can also be hazardous. The safety of our kids must be a concern during the holiday season.
 
* Read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels for any decoration that will be used around young children, such as electronic trains or animatronic dolls. Note if it is appropriate for their age group and determine whether adult supervision is required; plan accordingly.
 
* Instead of traditional candles, try using battery-operated candles so you can avoid the hazards associated with open flames.
 
* Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of reach in a locked cabinet.
 
* Never leave children unsupervised when candles are lit.
 
* Strings of lights and garland are staples of holiday decorating, but they can also pose a strangulation hazard. They should never be used as playthings.
 
* In homes with small children, try to avoid using decorations that are sharp or breakable. Otherwise, remember to place glass and breakable ornaments out of the reach of small children.
 
* Avoid putting Christmas tree lights, ornaments, metal hooks, and other small “mouth-sized” decorations near the ground or on lower limbs where they may be easily reached by young children.
 
* Holly berries, wax fruits, and other decorating items can present choking hazards.
 
* Remember to keep this in mind when arranging your decorations.
 
* Cover any unused outlets on extension cords with plastic caps to prevent children from coming in contact with the live circuit.
 
* Place electrical cords out of the reach of small children.
 
* Never allow children to play with lights, electrical decorations, or cords.

 
 
 

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

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Follow these basic safety guidelines to help prevent electrical and fire hazards related to the use of Christmas trees.
 
*When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree.
 
*Cut 1-2 inches from the base of the trunk immediately before placing the tree in the stand and filling with water to ensure water absorption.
 
*Because heated rooms dry out live trees rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water by refilling daily.
 
*When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” This label indicates that the tree is more resistant to burning.
 
*Don’t use electrical ornaments or light strings on artificial trees with metallic leaves or branch coverings.
 
*Place your tree at least 3 feet away from all heat sources, including fireplaces, radiators, and space heaters.
 
*When trimming a tree, only use non-combustible or flame-resistant materials.
 
 

Turkey Time

 
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite Holidays! I spend Thanksgiving with my extended family near the Coast of North Carolina and the fellowship and food is amazing. My family spends days preparing before the Thursday feast and everything you can imagine is present for lunch. I feel like I need to fast a week before the meal to be able to try everything. Thanksgiving is really a time to reflect on the year we’ve had, be Thankful for our family and friendships.
 
ARC Electric Company will be closed Thursday (11/26) & Friday (11/27). We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones. As always our on-call technician will be answering emergency calls.

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We’re Thankful For You!

 
Dear ARC Electric Customer,
 
During this season of gratitude, we would like to take the time to Thank You for choosing ARC Electric Company as your go-to electrician. Our entire staff appreciates your business!
 
We are committed to providing you, our valued customer, with the best customer service to help your needs.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can be of assistance during this busy holiday season.
 
If someone has gone above and beyond for you OR we have not lived up to your expectations, please let us know. We take all “Reviews” seriously and they are sent directly to Chris Harrill, President, and Mike McFadden, Service Manager. Below is the “Review Us” link. So let us know how we are doing…good or bad!
 
Sincerely,
The ARC Electric Company Team
(704) 821-7005

 
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**Please note that our office will close on Thursday, November 26th re-open on Monday, November 30th. Our staff will be enjoying the Thanksgiving Holiday with their loved ones! Thank you for understanding! As always if there is an electrical emergency, our phones are answered live 24 a hours a day by an on-call technician. (704-821-7005)
 
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“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it!” – William Arthur Ward
 
 
 

Indoor Lighting & Electrical Decoration Safety Tips

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While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the splendor of the season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries if not used safely.
 
 
 
 
* Always purchase electrical decorations and lights from reputable retailers.
 
* Use lights approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
 
* Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights together.
 
* Consider purchasing LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.
 
* Before decorating, determine how many outlets are available and where they are located. Plan your displays accordingly.
 
* Carefully inspect each electrical decoration. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.
 
* Follow the manufacturer’s use and care instructions that accompany electrical decorations.
 
* Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices. They can overheat and cause a fire.
 
* Make sure that cords are not pinched in doors, windows, or under heavy furniture, which could damage the cord’s insulation.
 
* Do not mount / support light strings in a way that might damage the cord’s insulation.
 
* Always unplug electrical decorations before replacing bulbs and fuses.
 
* Turn off all indoor / outdoor electrical decorations before leaving or going to bed.

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Check Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors

 
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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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Pre-Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

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Planning is essential to reducing stress during this holiday season. ARC Electric Company can’t help you manage your budgets, guests, and traveling; we can help you plan for safe holiday decorations!
 
*If you haven’t already done so this month, test all smoke alarms. Replace the batteries, or alarm if it is not working properly.
 
*Inspect all electrical decorations and replace any that are cracked, frayed, or have other breaks in the insulation of any wires.
 
*Plan out the placement of your holiday lighting so that no more than three strands are strung together (unless using LEDs).
 
*Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
 
*Be sure to check each product label or packaging to determine whether it is intended for indoors or outdoors and use accordingly.
 
*Arrange your decorations so that no outlet is overloaded and no cords will be pinched by furniture or positioned under rugs.
 
*Be sure all heating sources or open flames, such as a candle or fireplace, are given a three foot buffer from any decorations.

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