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Sparky the Fire Dog® through the years (part 2)

Sparky the Fire Dog® was created for the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) in 1951 and has been the organization’s official mascot and spokesdog ever since. He is a widely recognized fire safety icon who is beloved by children and adults alike. In 1951 kids could send in 25¢ to be apart of Sparky’s Fire Department. We recently did a blog post on Sparky the Fire Dog® through the years and started with his image in 1951 – when he was created by the NFPA. He has been instrumental in helping kids (and adults) understand the dangers of fire, what to do in a fire and even help family plan escape routes. He also has a Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest page as well as a YouTube Channel – he really is an icon!

Sparky the Fire Dog – 1990’s

But lets pick up where we left off – 1990’s! In the 90’s Sparky the Fire Dog® teamed up with his pal Smokey the Bear for outdoor fire safety!

Sparky the Fire Dog – 2000’s

By 2000’s Sparky the Fire Dog® looks like he hasn’t aged one bit in 50 years – but he made sure kids still know his name!


Sparky the Fire Dog – 2011

By 2011 this was Sparky the Fire Dog®. Still teaching kids and families how to stay safe from fire.
Source: Sparky the Fire Dog®

Sparky the Fire Dog® through the years (part 1)

Sparky the Fire Dog® – 1951

Sparky the Fire Dog® was created for the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) in 1951 and has been the organization’s official mascot and spokesdog ever since. He is a widely recognized fire safety icon who is beloved by children and adults alike. In 1951 kids could send in 25¢ to be apart of Sparky’s Fire Department. There is a cute book about him on his website – go check it out!

Sparky the Fire Dog® – 1960’s

In the 1960’s Sparky the Fire Dog® had his own song … “Help Spark-y the fire-dog! When you’re care-ful, then you’re real-ly smart; so never give fire a place to start!”

Sparky the Fire Dog® – 1970’s

In the 1970’s Sparky the Fire Dog® was larger than life in his pictures!

Sparky the Fire Dog® – 1980’s

In 1980’s Sparky the Fire Dog® started a campaign to about reporting fires!
Sparky has come a long way over the years. It is interesting to see where he started to where we ended in the 1980’s. Check back soon for the next installment of Sparky the Fire Dog® through the years of 1990’s to now! This lovable, fluffy dog is an icon in many homes across America.
Source: Sparky the Fire Dog®

Hear the Beep where you Sleep

Winter isn’t over yet; according to Punxsutawney Phil we have 6 more weeks of winter so please ensure your families safety by having working smoke alarms in your home.
* Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
* More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
* The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

** Checking smoke alarms / co detectors monthly can help save your live!

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Fire deaths on the rise as a result of cold snap

North Carolina Department of Insurance & Office of State Fire Marshal released a news statement in early January about the recent cold snap we are still experiencing and I wanted to share with everyone!
Fire deaths on the rise as a result of cold snap
RALEIGH — Eleven people have died in fires in North Carolina so far this year. Last year, nine people lost their lives as a result of fire during the entire month of January.
“One life lost in fire is one life too many, “said Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey who also serves as the state fire marshal. “It is imperative citizens know of the dangers associated with home heating and carbon monoxide so they can take extra precautions during this blast of winter weather, “Causey said.
Each year during December, January and February, there is an increase in the number of home fires related to heating. According to National Fire Protection Association, heating is the second leading cause of home fires, deaths and injuries in the U.S.
In 2017, 83 people lost their lives in North Carolina because of fire. That is 14 more people from the year before in 2016.
In addition to fires, winter weather increases the chances of carbon monoxide poisonings. Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer because the gas released is colorless and odorless. Vehicles, generators and home heating can produce dangerous levels in your home in a short amount of time, enough to cause illness or even death. Carbon monoxide poisoning mimics common illness such as the flu or food poisoning with symptoms to include shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, light headedness or headaches.
The North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal and Safe Kids NC recommends the following NFPA’s safety tips to prevent fire, injury or poisonings.
* Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment.
* Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
* Never use your oven to heat your home.
* Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
* Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
* Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container, placed on a non-combustible area and stored a safe distance away from your home.
* Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
Portable Generators
* Generators should be operated in well ventilated locations outdoors away from all doors, windows and vent openings.
* Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
* Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors or other openings in the building.
* Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is running.
* Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.
Fireplace Safety
* A portable ethanol burning fireplace and the fuel should only be used by adults.
* Clean up any fuel spillage and be sure all liquid has evaporated before lighting the fireplace.
* Light the fireplace using a utility lighter or long match.
* An adult should always be present when a portable fireplace is burning.
* Place the portable fireplace on a sturdy surface.
* Never try to move a lit fireplace or one that is still hot.
* Don’t pour ethanol fuel in a fireplace that is lit or still warm. It may result in a fire or injury.
* Extinguish the flame in a portable or permanent fireplace when you leave the room, home or go to sleep.
Carbon Monoxide
* Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations required by law or code. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
* Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
* Choose a carbon monoxide alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
* Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
* If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
* If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for.
* If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
* During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build up.
* Use gas or charcoal grills outside.
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State Officials Warn of House Fire Dangers

It is only the second week of February and North Carolina state fire officials are saying we’re off to a bad start in terms of the number of fatal house fires that have been reported. “We’re three times the amount of fires we (had) at this point last year,” said state Fire Marshal Brian Taylor, adding that the fatalities occurred during blazes that could have been prevented. “The majority of the fires are space heater related, (and) we’ve had a few kerosene heater” fires.
Fire authorities say home fires can result when residents, desperate to stay warm, use the kitchen’s oven to heat their homes. “The wiring cannot support the long-term use of those, and so we’ve seen some electrical fires.”
Taylor said the house fire shown recently on the NBC drama “This is Us” is also helping to raise awareness about the dangers of home house fires. State officials said residents should ensure they have working smoke detectors and should never return to a burning home after making it out safely.
Officials say residents should remember to:
* Always plug space heaters into the wall.
* Don’t use an extension cord.
* Keep space heaters on the floor and at least 3 feet away from curtains, clothes and furniture.
* Do not use your stove / oven as a source of heat for your home

The Office of the State Fire Marshals mission is to provide excellent customer service to the citizens of North Carolina in protecting lives and property through education, engineering, enforcement and fire investigations. You can learn more about them by clicking here.
Story first posted on WRAL – State fire officials warn about house fire dangers

Proud Member of Union County Chamber of Commerce

ARC Electric Company is excited to announce that we are a proud member of Union County Chamber of Commerce! Union County Chamber of Commerce is Union County’s local association to promote and protect the interests of the business community. We are thrilled to be apart of the chamber!


Whole Home Surge Protection

What is whole house surge protection? Why is it an important investment for your home safety?
toh-header-logoTo many homeowners surge protection isn’t needed or it is a waste of money. But looking at the larger picture, it is very much needed. You plug your TV into a surge protection strip – why not protect your entire panel? I recently read an excerpt from “This Old House” where a contractor was remodeling a home and suggested surge protection to the family – they declined and later lighting hit the utility pole near their home and electricity went through their home, destroying wiring, appliances and electronics. A few hundred dollar investment could of possibly saved them over $11,000 in repairs. Below is a link to the article. The article also touches on several great key points.
Sometimes homeowners underestimate a surge – an electrical surge will follow any wire into a house — including your phone and cable lines, threatening fax and answering machines, televisions, satellite systems, computers, and modems. Don’t forget about your plugged in appliances, they aren’t exempt from a electrical surge’s wrath. A power surge may last for only a few millionths of a second, but at its worst, it carries tens of thousands of volts, enough to fry circuit boards, crash hard drives, and ruin DVD and home-entertainment systems. A lightning strike has to be less than a mile from the house to cause harm, and in fact most surge-related damage is not caused by lightning. Far more common, if not as dramatic, are surges caused by downed power lines, sudden changes in electricity use by a nearby factory, or even the cycling on and off of laser printers, electric dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and other energy-sucking devices in the home. The damage inflicted by these minor power fluctuations can be instantaneous — but may not show up for some time. “You might not even notice it,” says consultant with a firm that installs both residential and commercial surge-protection systems. “Then a year or so later your microwave stops working.”
Mike Holmes, contractor and host of the television show “Holmes on Homes,” and diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation, a global leader in electrical power management, announced a collaboration to offer homeowners a line of “Holmes Approved” electrical surge protectors. “People never think it could happen, but it happened to me,” said Mike Holmes. “A large electrical surge entered my house and I lost all my electronics that were plugged in. All of them. The first thing I did after replacing everything was install an Eaton Complete Home Surge protector.”
When installed on a home’s breaker box, Eaton’s surge products can help prevent or minimize damage to electronic devices, home appliances and other equipment in the event of electrical surges. Mike Holmes is an advocate for homeowner and building safety. All projects and initiatives undertaken by the star contractor are defined by quality, integrity and trust. Eaton’s product innovation, superior customer service and commitment to doing business right makes the collaboration a logical next step.

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