Fast facts about fire

Home fires
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.

Escape Planning
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!


2017 Fire Prevention Week – Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™

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.


Hurricane Irma … Storm Center Information

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
CLICK HERE to be transferred to their site.


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
CLICK HERE to be transferred to their site.


August 11th (8/11 Day) is almost here!

Recent Outer Banks Power Outage and August 11 (8/11) Serves as Reminder for NC Residents to Always Call 811 Before Digging

North Carolina 811 encourages people to make a free call 3 working days before digging to know what’s below

Greensboro, NC (Aug. 7, 2017) – With Aug. 11 almost here, North Carolina 811 hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for residents to call 811 prior to any digging project to have underground utility lines marked. Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Recently, Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke Island experienced an accidental power outage to a transmission line that affected many tourist and business owners during the peak summer season. Even though the outage was not a result of no locate ticket, using best practices while digging around utilities is critical.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to North Carolina 811, the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects that need a call to 811 before starting.

“On Aug. 11 and throughout the year, we remind homeowners and professional contractors alike to call 811 before digging to eliminate the risk of striking an underground utility line,” said Louis Panzer, Executive Director for North Carolina 811, “It really is the only way to know which utilities are buried in your area.”

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects, and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

Visit or for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

Have you checked your smoke alarms and CO detector?


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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NC811 – Call Before You Dig

Since 1978 North Carolina 811 has provided you a fast and easy communications link with your local utility providers. You give us information about your excavation, we transmit the information to the utilities and then they send out locators to mark your underground lines for FREE. So remember, call 811 or 1-800-632-4949 three working days before ​you plan on digging.

Independence Day Facts

Did You Know?
The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain.
The Declaration of Independence was started on July 2, 1776 and the Continental Congress approved the final wording on July 4. The American colonies were declared free and independent states.
The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776 and the official signing took place on August 2.
56 people signed the Declaration of Independence and Thomas Jefferson wrote the majority of it.
The first Independence Day on July 8, 1776 took place in Philadelphia. The White House celebrated Independence Day for the first time in 1804.
July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
According to, 2.5 million people celebrated the first Independence Day, compared to over 315 million people today.
Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.

July 4th Holiday Closure

ARC Electric Company will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (July 3rd and 4th) in observance of Independence day. As always, our phone line will be answered by the on-call technician. Our staff will be home with their families. Thank you for understanding.