ARC Electric Company proudly offers a 5 year warranty and knows the importance of our services ensuring that you receive quality electrical services every time.
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Outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a storm. Lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles, blue skies are not an indication of safety. If you hear thunder, go inside immediately.
Indoor Storm Safety Tips
* Once indoors, stay away from windows and doors.
* Do not use corded telephones, except for emergencies. You can use cordless or cellular phones.
* Unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives and avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords during storms.
* Avoid contact with plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.
* Unplug appliances and electronics in advance of stores to protect them from power surges
* Use battery-powered lanterns and flashlights instead of candles, which can start a fire
* Do not use electric equipment like computers and appliances during a storm.
* Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
I, Whitney, constantly remind our customers through social media, email blasts and our blog post to check their Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors on a monthly basis. We ask that you test these monthly to make sure they are in proper working order – they could save your life!
Many years ago my parents brought their 2005 model camper from Myrtle Beach to Lake Tillery and made it a permanent site in a nearby campground. I have camped in a camper all my life with my parents and continue to do so with my husband and son. Over the weekend, while lying on the floor with my son playing in the camper at Lake Tillery I happened to look up and see the Smoke Alarm and CO Detector and it dawned on me that I have NEVER checked these. NEVER! And I am quite sure my parents have never either. It was like a light bulb went off – how could I never have checked these?
My husband tried to check them and of course, NOTHING. He took the covers off and the batteries are dead, dead, dead. While he had the covers off I checked the manufacture date and of course, they had never been changed! So here I have a dead Smoke Alarm and CO Detector and it was over 10 years old. I felt horrible. I sent my husband and father to the store to get these replaced ASAP.
While over all these years it has never dawned on any of us to check these, it still needed to be replaced. This could have been a very deadly mistake. Campers and Manufactured homes tend to go up fast in flames and sometimes even the earliest detection of flames could save your life.
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.
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My son loves to color, either a blank page and will draw you something wonderful from his imagination or give him a coloring sheet and he will go to town. Over the next few weeks I wanted to offer some electrical safety coloring pages for your children. Print these off, explain to them the dangers and offer tips for electrical safety.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.
We have discussed Tamper Resistant Receptacles in the past and I thought I would bring it back up. According to ESFI.org, each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns when they stick items into the slots of electrical receptacles. It is estimated that there are six to 12 fatalities a year related to this. Nearly one-third of these injuries are the result of small children placing ordinary household objects, such as keys, pins, or paperclips into the outlets with disastrous consequences.
Located in practically every room in every house throughout the United States, electrical outlets and receptacles represent a constant and real danger wherever young children are present. But now, tamper resistant receptacles, or TRRs, provide a simple, affordable, reliable, and permanent solution to help prevent these kinds of injuries.
TRRs look just like ordinary outlets, but are designed with spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that close off the receptacle openings, or slots. When equal pressure is simultaneously applied to both sides, the receptacle cover plates open to allow the standard plug to make contact with the receptacle contact points. Without this simultaneous pressure, the cover plates remain closed, preventing insertion of foreign objects and protecting your children from electrical injuries.
Although not widely used in homes until recently, TRRs have been required in hospital pediatric care facilities for more than 20 years. In fact, Tamper Resistant Receptacles have proven to be so effective that the National Electrical Code (NEC) now requires them to be installed in all new home construction. Existing homes can be easily retrofitted with TRRs using the same installation guidelines that apply to standard receptacles. TRRs should only be installed by a licensed electrician.
Call ARC Electric Company at (704)821-7005 to have us update your standard receptacles with Tamper Resistant Receptacles throughout your home.