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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.
 
 

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!

 
 
 

Air Conditioner and Fan Safety

 
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.
 
 
Summer Safety
 
 

Pool and Spa Safety

 
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).
 
 

 
 

Prevent Bathroom Fan Fire

 
We recently published a blog post on keeping your bathroom safe from electrical hazards. As it happens, bathroom fans often cause bathroom / house fires. When reminded of this we decided that we wanted to take a moment to share that information with you.
 

Bad Wiring
The first, obvious cause for bathroom fan fires is bad wiring. We’ve covered some of the warning signs of bad wiring before.

 

Running the Fan Constantly
You should run the fan for 15 – 20 minutes during and after a bath / shower. This will help the bath fan fulfill its intended purpose of controlling moisture in your bathroom. However, do not leave the fan on all the time (24/7). If the fan constantly runs the ball bearings inside will lock up. This can cause the motor to overheat, which can cause a fire.
 
 

Dirty Bath Fan
Dust and lint do get caught in these fans. These can ignite if they aren’t cleared away on a regular basis. Fortunately, bathroom exhaust fans are pretty easy to clean. You can simply attack the vents with blasts of canned air until the fan is clean and clear. Do this once a month to keep your fans safe. Old fans are a hazard…don’t be afraid to replace a fan that is past its time. Your bathroom will thank you, and your home will be safer.

 
 
Need to install a new bathroom fan? Afraid the wiring in your home isn’t up to par? Call ARC Electric Company today to let us handle a new installation!
 
 

Quick Electrical Safety Tips at Home

 
* Always unplug unused appliances.
 
* Always turn off power before you plug or unplug the appliances.
 
* Stow unused cords safely out of the reach of children, pets, and risky territory.
 
* Never cover warm appliances with clothes, toys, or other household items.
 
* Allow for air circulation around the appliances, especially for those which generate heat (clocks, computer monitors, etc.).
 
* If overheated, give appliances space and turned-off time to cool off.
 
* Always follow instructions; enlist the help of professionals and leave the amateur repairs for less dangerous materials.
 
* Never poke things into toasters, outlets, or any other electrical appliances with tempting openings.
 
* Touch appliances with dry hands only.

 
 
 

Electrical Safety Reminders to Keep Your Family Safe this Winter!

I want to continue to showcase the ESFI “Warm Up to Safety this Winter” campaign, this can be found here. We try very hard to send out a monthly reminder to please check your Smoke Alarms. Just trying to relay important tips to keep you and your family safe this Winter!
 
Smoke Alarms
* Smoke alarms save lives, reducing the risk of dying in a home fire by half.
* Purchase smoke alarms from reputable retailers(or installer) that you trust. Choose alarms that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
* Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom. Interconnected alarms offer the best protection.
* Check your smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the TEST button on the alarm. Replace batteries at least once a year.
* Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years.
* If the smoke alarm sounds, the whole family should follow your escape plan and go to your outside meeting place.

 
Space Heaters
* Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires, particularly during the winter months. Understanding how to use portable space heaters safely is very important.
* Never leave a space heater running when you exit the room or go to sleep.
* Do not use space heaters in rooms where children are unsupervised.
* Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn— furniture, bedding, clothes, curtains, and papers.
* Put the space heater in a place where people will not run into it or trip over it.
* Heaters should be placed on a flat, level surface. Do not place a space heater on furniture.
* Do not use a space heater in damp or wet areas—like the bathroom.
* Do not use your space heater with a power strip or extension cord.
* Unplug the space heater when not in use. Inspect the cord regularly for damage.

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