The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) warns consumers to be aware of electrical dangers associated with severe storms and the resulting floods and power outages. Deaths and injuries during the summer months are frequently caused by post-storm electrical hazards.
The high winds, extreme rains and flooding caused by hurricanes and tornadoes present many unique dangers. ESFI offers consumers important advice about how to help prevent electrically-related deaths, injuries and property loss by taking a few precautions during and after severe storms and other natural disasters.
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At Ellis Robeson Electric Inc. the health and well-being of our customers, employees and communities is our top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers and employees as the situation evolves.
Our management team has several layers of contingency plans in place as we monitor this very fluid challenge. We still offer 24 hour response for your needs. Our service techs are trained and are on heightened alert for sanitation practices.
If you wish, you can request not to answer the door on a service call. We can call when outside, you can then give instructions to let themselves in through the garage or outside door if necessary, or we’ll just let you know we’re here to perform our work outside.
As far as the invoice we can email a copy or mail a copy if payment not receive same day of services.Please do not text any credit card or financial information. We can do that by phone.
We are prepared and ready to serve your needs during this time of uncertainty.
We thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility as we pass through these challenging times.
Space heaters come in fixed-location and portable types. Also, some are for outdoor use only and some are for indoor use only. Read the container and instructions carefully to determine if the heater is appropriate for the use you intend.
All combustion produces some amount of carbon monoxide, so be careful when using propane or kerosene space heaters indoors. NEVER use a space heater indoors if the unit is specified for outdoors. If you use a propane heater indoors in a tight or poorly ventilated location, you put yourself at risk of carbon monoxide buildup. Heaters specified for outdoor use will cause a more rapid build-up of carbon monoxide than one rated for indoor use.
If you must use a space heater indoors, a carbon monoxide detector can help you avoid poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, scentless, tasteless gas that kills in high enough concentrations, so a detector is the best way to warn you when concentrations get too high.
Space heaters can also cause suffocation when used indoors, as they use up oxygen to produce heat. Any heater used indoors should be equipped with an oxygen depletion sensor, which will shut the unit down before it uses too much of the oxygen. However, be warned that it will still generate a higher concentration of carbon monoxide as it decreases the oxygen level in the room.
Space heaters usage increases during cold weather. While the tools can be helpful, there are also some rules you should follow when using one.
Hurricane season is fast approaching, make sure you are prepared!
Congratulations to Matthew Huggins on his recent certification for Generac Air Cooled Training. Remember to call us for all your Generac Service needs.
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May is National Electrical Safety Month, and it's a great time to raise awareness on how to avoid potential electrical hazards. Please contact us for a service call today!
Visit this site for information about Electrical Safety Month. https://www.esfi.org/program/national-electrical-safety-month-314
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January 29, 2019- RALEIGH: North Carolinians must act now to participate in a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper urged today.
Eligible homeowners have until Friday, February 1, 2019 to complete a Right of Entry Form (ROE) to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. The program provides partial repairs at no cost to homeowners so Hurricane Florence survivors can return to and remain in their homes while longer-term repairs continue.
“People want to be able to live in their own homes while they rebuild their lives from Hurricane Florence and the STEP program offers a way to do that,” said Gov. Cooper. “I urge eligible homeowners to sign up to participate in this innovative program today.”
The deadline was extended to Feb. 1 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at Governor Cooper’s request. North Carolina has asked FEMA for another extension but eligible homeowners should not wait to apply, the governor urged.
The STEP program provides rapid, partial repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence to make them livable so that survivors can leave temporary housing and return home. The STEP program does not return a home to its pre-storm condition, but it does make it possible for families to live safely at home while long-term repairs take place.
The program is available in Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Robeson counties.
To participate in the STEP program, eligible homeowners must sign a Right of Entry (ROE) form by February 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
So far, 116 homes have been repaired or are under repair through the STEP program, and work is set to begin soon on hundreds more homes. More than 2,500 homeowners have completed ROE forms and are under consideration for the program.
More information about the STEP program is available at www.ncdps.gov/florencestep. Eligible homeowners may also visit the application portal at www.ncstepflorence.com or call (833) 257-1100 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Be aware of small warning signs you may need a licensed, experience professional to come out and provide a service call for your home.
We have found many of our customers are not aware for the need of resetting Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Outlets, but it is recommended home owners reset these outlets monthly. It is very important for outlets in moisture-prone areas like the kitchen and bathroom to be reset. To reset these outlets press the test/reset button and make sure the outlets trip and resent correctly. If they are malfunctioning, please contact us for a service call.
New LED lightbulbs can save your 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 35 to 50 times longer according to their energy star rating at https://www.energystar.gov.
Simple ways to reduce your electrical usage are: unplug and turn off electrical devices when not in use, ensure lighting and appliances are Energy Star qualified, and turn the lights and fans off in rooms not in use.
Don't forget to change your batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This tip is very important and could help save a life.
Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) shared some tips on how to prevent electrical fires during holiday seasons. Check out the video!
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When natural disasters occur, it is common for people to take advantage of survivors by posing as official disaster aid workers or as relatives trying to help survivors complete their applications. Survivors should be aware of fraud and scams and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals.
Survivors should also be aware that this kind of situation doesn’t happen only at the beginning of the response to the disaster when people might be more vulnerable. It can happen anytime. It is important to know that FEMA does not endorse any commercial businesses, products or services. North Carolinians need to know common tactics used by these criminals, such as phone calls from people claiming to work for FEMA.
The caller might ask for the survivor’s Social Security number and income or banking information. Giving out this type of information can help an unscrupulous person make a false claim for assistance or commit identity theft.
These are common post-disaster fraud practices survivors should be vigilant of: Housing inspectors claiming to represent FEMA.
Hurricane Florence Victims:
The Bladen County Emergency Management released the following statement: "We are trying to determine how many homes have been damaged due to Hurricane Florence.
Please fill out the following survey to report your home damage to the Bladen County Emergency Services.
Submitting this damage report DOES NOT ensure financial assistance. YOU WILL STILL NEED TO FILE WITH FEMA AFTER INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE IS DECLARED FOR BLADEN COUNTY."
Use the following link to complete the survey: https://goo.gl/forms/8zcTBs45RNpqKtE92
Don’t be scammed, contact a licensed contractor
Hurricane Florence has left many homes and buildings damaged by wind and flood waters. The North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors (NCBEEC) is warning North Carolina homeowners not to become a victim to thieves pretending to be legitimate contractors. Homeowners whose home and other property are damaged are prime targets.
If you have had electrical equipment damaged or flooded, the NCBEEC has the following advice: