Monthly Archives: December 2015

New Years Fun Facts

* The first New Year’s celebration dates back 4,000 years. Julius Caesar, the emperor of Rome, was the first to declare Jan. 1 a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates. Janus had two faces, one looking forward and one looking back. Caesar felt that a month named after this god would be fitting.
 
* Forty-five percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The top resolutions are: losing weight, getting organized, spending less and saving more, to stay fit and healthy, and to quit smoking. While nearly half of all Americans make resolutions, 25 percent of them give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.
 
* Be sure to eat leafy greens on New Year’s Day. Tradition says that the more leafy greens a person eats, the more prosperity he/she will experience. Tradition also says that beans bring prosperity because beans and peas look like coins. No wonder why so many people eat black eyed peas on Jan. 1.
 
* Approximately 1 million people gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop. The Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop came about because of a ban on fireworks. The first ball in 1907 was 700 pounds and was lit with 100 25-watt lights. Thanks to technology the current ball puts the old one to shame – today, it is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,000 LED lights, weighs in at 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.
 
* According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day more than any other holiday. Don’t think your old car is safe, either. In 2011, the 1994 Honda Accord was the most stolen car.
 
* In the Netherlands the Dutch burn bonfires of Christmas trees on the street and launch fireworks. The fires are meant to purge the old and welcome the new.
 
* Ancient Persians gave New Year’s gifts of eggs, which symbolized productiveness.
 
 
Happy New Years from our families to yours!
 
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Happy New Year’s

ARC Electric Company would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Years! We hope you have a safe and prosperous New Year! Our office staff and technicians will be off Friday, January 1st. We will return Monday, January 4th. Thank you for understanding!
 
 

Warm Up to Safety this Winter

The ESFI (Electrical Safety Foundation International) works all year round to keep families and businesses safe! They have great resources on their site, which I try to share as often as I can. They have a quirky mascot, P.I. Plug and he is a great resource for children and teachers – he uses helpful tools to keep children safe!
 
 
P.I. Plug’s Safety and Activity Guide – Warm Up Safety this Winter!
Use these electrical and fire safety tips, in-class activities, and more to get students excited about keeping safe this winter. Don’t miss the Safety Badge cutout. You don’t want your Safety Detectives running around un-certified!(Click the picture below to be directed to the booklet)
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Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas…

 
I can’t believe it is Christmas!!! Time has just flown this year! ARC Electric Company would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Our office will be closed Thursday (12/24) & Friday (12/25) in observance of Christmas. Our staff will be spending the wonderful holiday with loved ones. As always our phones will be answered live by an on-call technician for any emergencies. Our office will open back up on Monday, December 28th.
 

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Reminder to Check Smoke and 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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Christmas Light Facts

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Thomas Edison, the inventor of the first successful practical light bulb, created the very first strand of electric lights. During the Christmas season of 1880, these strands were strung around the outside of his Menlo Park Laboratory. Railroad passengers traveling by the laboratory got their first look at an electrical light display. But it would take almost forty years for electric Christmas lights to become the tradition that we all know and love.
 
Before electric Christmas lights, families would use candles to light up their Christmas trees. This practice was often dangerous and led to many home fires. Edward H. Johnson put the very first string of electric Christmas tree lights together in 1882. Johnson, Edison’s friend and partner in the Edison’s Illumination Company, hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and wound them around his Christmas tree. Not only was the tree illuminated with electricity, it also revolved.
 
However, the world was not quite ready for electrical illumination. There was a great mistrust of electricity and it would take many more years for society to decorate its Christmas trees and homes with electric lights. Some credit President Grover Cleveland with spurring the acceptance of indoor electric Christmas lights. In 1895, President Cleveland requested that the White House family Christmas tree be illuminated by hundreds of multi-colored electric light bulbs.
 
On Christmas Eve 1923, President Calvin Coolidge began the country’s celebration of Christmas by lighting the National Christmas Tree with 3,000 electric lights on the Ellipse located south of the White House.
 
Until 1903, when General Electric began to offer pre-assembled kits of Christmas lights, stringed lights were reserved for the wealthy and electrically savvy. The wiring of electric lights was very expensive and required the hiring of the services of a wireman, our modern-day electrician. According to some, to light an average Christmas tree with electric lights before 1903 would have cost $2000.00 in today’s dollars.
 
While Thomas Edison and Edward H. Johnson may have been the first to create electric strands of light in 1880/1882, it was Albert Sadacca who saw a future in selling electric Christmas lights. The Sadacca family owned a novelty lighting company and in 1917 Albert, a teenager at the time, suggested that its store offer brightly colored strands of Christmas lights to the public. By the 1920’s Albert and his brothers organized the National Outfit Manufacturers Association (NOMA), a trade association. NOMA soon became NOMA Electric Co., with its members cornering the Christmas light market until the 1960’s.
 
Today we expect to see the holiday season become aglow with electric strands of light. Think of the variety and range of Christmas lights available in today’s market. We can be grateful to Thomas Edison, Edward H. Johnson and Albert Sadacca for illuminating our holiday season.
 
 
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Christmas Tree Fun Facts

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I love any type of fun facts. I stumbled across some for Christmas thanks to Google.
 
* America’s official national Christmas tree is located in King’s Canyon National Park in California. The tree, a giant sequoia called the “General Grant Tree,” is over 300 feet (90 meters) high. It was made the official Christmas tree in 1925.
 
* According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year; 25 percent of them are from the nation’s 5,000 choose-and-cut farms.
 
* Franklin Pierce was the first United States’ president to decorate an official White House Christmas tree.
 
* An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees. A spider web found on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.
 
* Animal Crackers are not really crackers, but cookies that were imported to the United States from England in the late 1800s. Barnum’s circus-like boxes were designed with a string handle so that they could be hung on a Christmas tree.
 
* California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states. Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees – 8.6 million in 1998.
 
* Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.
 
* Christmas trees are known to have been popular in Germany as far back as the sixteenth century. In England, they became popular after Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, who came from Germany, made a tree part of the celebrations at Windsor Castle. In the United States, the earliest known mention of a Christmas tree is in the diary of a German who settled in Pennsylvania.
 
* For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.
 
 
 

Fun Electrical Facts

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When lightning strikes, it flows from the cloud to the ground, but the part we see is actually the charge going from the ground back up into the cloud.

 
 
 
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Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Sweden consume the most electricity per person in the world, and Icelanders most of all, reports NASA.
Although they don’t shine noticeably bright in the satellite image, don’t be fooled. Together the smelting plants use more than five times as much electricity as all of the country’s inhabitants.

 
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The world’s biggest light bulb is located in Edison, NJ.
If you’re ever taking a scenic drive across New Jersey look for the 134-foot tower. The Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower stands on the site of Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory where he perfected the first commercially practical incandescent light bulb. The 13-foot tall bulb sits at the top of the tower and is meant to represent Edison’s most famous invention.
 
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The first central power plant in the U.S. was Pearl Station, in Manhattan. It was built in 1882 and served 85 customers.
The first electric bill was sent to the Ansonia brass and copper company on 18 January 1883 and was for $50.44. There were other costs to customers as well—light bulbs themselves cost $1.00 each, a high price in the 1880s.

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