Testing Your Smoke Alarms Monthly *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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Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office Highlighted as an NC811 Safe Digging Partner
Greensboro, NC (June 1, 2017) Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office has been chosen as the NC811 Safe Digging Partner for May 2017 due to its ongoing commitment to safety, damage prevention and spreading the “Call Before You Dig” message to the public.
Many safe digging partners have made the commitment to call 811 prior to any excavation, but few go above and beyond with making safety their #1 priority. The Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office has shown their commitment to keeping their community and employees safe. They participate in the monthly Jones/Onslow Utility Coordinating Committee meetings along with promoting the safety message to the Rural Fire Departments throughout the county. During the month of April, Onslow County Emergency Services participated in the Fire Marquee challenge sharing the message of Calling 811 Before You Dig on many marquees around the county. “This is truly the type of Safe Digging Partner NC811 is looking for: The commitment to keeping the community safe by promoting the call 811 before you dig message,” said NC811’s Education Department Manager, Ann Rushing.
Howard Corey, Education Liaison with NC811 acknowledged Brian Kelly of the Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office with a Safe Digging Partner award certificate at the Onslow County Board of Commissioners meeting in Jacksonville, NC on Monday, May 15, 2017. “Onslow County Emergency Services realizes that when utilities are damaged, it has the potential to not only affect a single home, but it could affect a whole community,” said Kelly. “Furthermore; it can affect our ability to respond while crews repair services. Our goal is to keep units in the station and not have to respond to emergencies. Sharing the message of “Calling 811 Before You Dig” is just another method that helps us with our cause.”
Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without calling 811 first. Find out more about becoming a Safe Digging Partner.
Since 1978, North Carolina 811 has provided a fast and easy communications link with local utility providers. The public provides NC811 information about excavation, NC811 transmits the information to utilities and they send out locators to mark underground lines for free. Call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before you plan on digging.
About Onslow County, Jacksonville, NC
Onslow County’s flat, gently rolling terrain covers 767 square miles and is located in the southeastern coastal plain of North Carolina, approximately 120 miles east of Raleigh, and 50 miles north of Wilmington. The City of Jacksonville is the County seat, and the areas surrounding the City constitute the major population centers and growth areas in the County. Onslow County is home to more than 185,000 people and includes the incorporated towns of Holly Ridge, Richlands, Swansboro, North Topsail Beach, part of Surf City, and unincorporated Sneads Ferry. Approximately 156,000 acres comprise the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, and more than 43,000 marines and sailors are stationed there.
Did you know that you can send us your home inspection report and from that we can work up an estimate for your electrical needs?
Whether buying or selling a home, it is always a good idea to get an understanding of where the home’s electrical system. We have worked with countless real estate agents, sellers and buyers to work up a free estimate for their home inspection report. Call our office to inquire about getting a FREE estimate – once we receive a report, we will look it over and work up an estimate to be emailed over. If you would like to schedule the repairs, we would be glad to set that up for you, as well!
ARC Electric Company offers a 5 year warranty on all of our work and stand behind the quality of our services. Give us a call today – 704-821-7005!
As we wrap up National Electrical Safety Month with ESFI.org, I found a great article on air conditioning and fan safety to keep in mind as the weather gets warm.
Hot weather brings increased use of air conditioners. Contact with electric current from air conditioners accounts for a significant number of electrocutions and electrical injuries each year. ESFI recommends that you always contact a qualified, licensed electrician to perform any electrical work in your home, including the installation and services of air conditioning and other cooling equipment.
Facts and Statistics
* According to the CPSC, 15% of consumer-product related electrocutions are attributed to large appliances. These electrocutions occur most commonly while someone is attempting to service or repair the appliance.
* In 2006, an estimated 33,500 injuries were reported to hospital emergency rooms as involving air conditioners, fans, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and heat pumps. The leading types of injuries were laceration (14,890), contusion or abrasion (6,110), and strain or sprain (4,430).
* In 2006, air conditioning or related equipment was involved in an estimated 7,400 reported U.S. home structure fires, with associated losses of 270 civilian injuries and $200 million indirect property damage.
* In 2003-2006, the 7,000 reported home structure fires per year involving air conditioning and related equipment included 2,400 per year involving central and room air conditioners specifically and 3,700 per year involving fans.
* In 1995-2003 (excluding 1999, which was not reported), there were 11.5 electrocution deaths per year involving air conditioners and 4.3 electrocution deaths per year involving fans.
Cooling Equipment Safety Tips
* Keep safety in mind when selecting cooling equipment for your home.
* Have a qualified, licensed electrician install and service any electrical equipment in your home.
* Have electric-powered equipment inspected and maintained regularly for safety.
* Make sure your equipment has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
ARC Electric Company will be closed on Monday, May 29th and re-open Tuesday, May 30th. Our staff and technicians will be spending this holiday with their loved ones. As always our phone is answered by a technician 24 hours a day for emergencies, 704-821-7005. Thank you for understanding.
ESFI.org has great tips on staying safe this summer in and around pools and spas.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that since 1990, there have been 60 electrocutions and nearly 50 serious electrical shocks involving electrical hazards in and around swimming pools.
Pool and Spa Safety Tips
* All outdoor receptacles should be covered to keep them dry. This is especially important around pools, spas and other summer water activities.
* Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) for electrical devices used outside to help prevent electrocutions and electric shock injuries.
* Make sure all electrical equipment used for swimming pools (even the cleaning equipment) is grounded.
* Electrical devices and cords should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources such as pools and spas.
* Never handle electrical devices when you are wet – either from water activities or from perspiration.
* Make sure there are no power lines over a swimming pool.
* Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
* To avoid electric shock drowning, have an electrician inspect and upgrade your pool, spa or hot tub in accordance with applicable local codes and the National Electrical Code® (NEC).