Lights dimming when HVAC system come on?
February 21, 2019
Be aware of small warning signs you may need a licensed, experience professional to come out and provide a service call for your home.
September 11, 2018
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:
*Check to make sure the contractor is properly licensed. Consumers should verify a contractor’s NCBEEC license at www.ncbeec.org, or 919-733-9042 before signing a home repair contract or paying any money.
*Be wary of door-to-door repair solicitations, contractors using vehicles with out-of-state license plates and “too-good-to-be-true” bids.
*Don’t pay 100 percent of the bill before the repairs are properly completed. The NCBEEC is the state agency licensing more than 12,000 electrical contractors. Anyone who is paid to install, repair, or improve electrical systems or equipment must be licensed by the NCBEEC.
Anyone who witnesses un-licensed activity or is offered a contract from an unlicensed contractor can file a complaint. The complaint form can filed on our website, www.ncbeec.org. For any more questions you may call our office at 919-733-9042.
Tips to prevent electrical fires during the holidays
November 29, 2018
Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) shared some tips on how to prevent electrical fires during holiday seasons. View the video now:
1. Reset your outlets monthly. 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.
2. Change out your light bulbs. 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.
3. Reduce over all energy usage by being mindful of lights, outlets and the power you are using. 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.
4. Last but not least, 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.
Don't put your home and family at risk
October 7, 2018
Dangers you could encounter if you do not use a qualified professional:
Bladen County, NC
Sept. 21, 2018
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
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.
Act Now to Participate in Hurricane Florence Home Repairs Through the STEP Program
January 29, 2019
Tips for energy savings and more in the new year
December 31, 2018
Beware of Fraud and Scams
RALEIGH, N.C. – 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
• Be cautious if somebody asks for your nine-digit registration number. FEMA inspectors will
never ask for this information. They already have it in their records.
• FEMA inspectors never require banking or other personal information such as a Social Security number.
• Ask the inspectors to show you their identification badge. Federal employees and contractors
always wear an official government or government contractor badge to identify themselves.
• Call FEMA at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) if you are suspicious of someone who says
they’re a housing inspector sent by FEMA.