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 www.nc811.org or www.call811.com 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

 
EVERY 6 MINUTES AN UNDERGROUND UTILITY LINE IS DAMAGED BECAUSE NO ONE CALLED 811 BEFORE DIGGING.
 
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 census.gov, 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.
 
 
**PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE CLOSED TODAY (MONDAY, 7/3) AND TOMORROW (TUESDAY, 7/4) IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.
 
 

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.
 
 

Monthly Reminder for Smoke Alarm and CO Detector Safety

 

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 – Onslow County Fire Marshal’s Office Highlighted


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.
 
About NC811
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.
 
 

Are You Buying or Selling A Home?

 
 

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!