While extension cord safety is a year round concern, use of these devices is often more prominent during the holidays due to the increased use of electrical lights and decorations. By following a few simple safety guidelines hopefully you can help prevent dangerous mistakes with extension cords this holiday season.
Purchase cords from authorized retailers. Never use an extension cor that does not carry the certification label of a recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Keep all outdoor extension cords clear of snow and standing water and well-protected from the elements.
Make sure extension cords are properly rated for their intended use – indoor and outdoor – and meet or exceed the power needs of the device being used. Examine cords before each use. Cracked, frayed, or otherwise damaged cords should be replaced immediately. Do not overload exension cords. Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles, they cannot be chained together. Extension cords are meant to provide a temporary solution and should not be used as a long-term pr permanent electrical circuit. Do not run cords through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors.
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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Happy Thanksgiving from ARC Electric Company staff! Our office will be closed Thursday (11/23) and Friday (11/24); we will re-open on Monday (11/27). Thank you for understanding!
811 is the phone number you call before digging to protect yourself and others from unintentionally hitting underground utility lines.
There are millions of miles of buried utilities beneath the surface of the earth that are vital to everyday living like water, electricity and natural gas.
811 is the federally designated call before you dig number that helps homeowners and professionals avoid damaging these vital utilities. When you make the free call to 811 a few days before you dig, you’ll help prevent unintended consequences such as injury to you or your family, damage to your property, utility service outages to the entire neighborhood and potential fines and repair costs.
Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
One-quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 365,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,560 deaths, 11,075 civilian injuries, and $7 billion in direct damage.
On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
During 2010–2014, roughly, one of every 338 households reported a home fire per year.
According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half ever practiced it.
One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!
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NFPA has developed a series of “Sparky” videos that reinforce important home escape planning and practice messages.
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
* FPW 2017 Escape Plan Grid Draw a map of your home by using our grid with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
* Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
* Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
* Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
* Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
* Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
In case of an emergency, always dial 911. Below are a few links to up to date weather information, and pertinent power outage and storm information from local electrical providers.
You can always get up-to-date storm information for you are by visiting the National Weather Services webpage, CLICK HERE to be transferred.
Duke Energy is helping its customers track the storm, keep up to date on coverage and relay outage alerts all from their online portal. To report an outage visit the below site or call 1.800.POWER-ON
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Union Power Co-Op is monitoring Hurricane Irma and keeping their customers in mind. To report an outage visit the below site or call 1.800.794.4423
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