Happy Thanksgiving!

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As the nation pauses today to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the Cleveland Public Power family extends a sincere “Thank you” to our customers! We are grateful for your support and we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

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Everything tastes better when it’s fried… so why not fry your Thanksgiving Day turkey, as opposed to baking it the traditional way! Although fried turkeys are absolutely delicious, they pose a slew of safety concerns.  Thousands of fires, deaths, and injuries occur each year due to turkey fryer fires… so here are five helpful safety tips with what you need to know before setting up your fryer.

  1. Keeping Clevelanders Safe! Never fry a turkey indoors, and make sure that you set up your fryer at least 10 feet away from your home. Do not cook your turkey on your back deck – cooking oil is combustible and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite. Keep all children and pets away. Be sure to never leave it unattended.
  2. Even Stevens in Cleveland! Make sure set your fryer on level ground; this will ensure that the oil level is being gauged accurately and that the oil is steady.
  3. No jive turkeys! Make sure that your turkey is between 10 and 15 pounds because larger birds are more likely to burn on the outside before the inside is fully cooked. Also, be sure that your turkey is completely thawed and dry; this will prevent the oil from bubbling furiously and spilling over.
  4. How about this Cleveland weather! We all know that Thanksgivings in Cleveland can vary from warm and sunny, to brutally cold and snowy… therefore, please be cognizant of the weather before planning to fry your turkey outdoors because if rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can lead to property damage and/or serious injury.
  5. Cleveland Fire Department to the rescue! Be proactive as opposed to reactive; therefore, test your cooking equipment in advance to ensure it is functioning properly. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times in the event that the oil ignites. It’s better to be safe than sorry!                                                             #thisisCPP #ClevelandPublicPower #TurkeyFryingTips

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Flashback Friday: Winterfest 2011

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Scenes from the 2011 Winterfest celebration on Public Square. Join us next Saturday, November 26th as Winterfest 2016 returns to the Square! The Cleveland Department of Public Utilities will have plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained! So stop by our booths in the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center on Euclid Avenue.

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Utilities United Against Scams!

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We are happy to join with our fellow #PublicPower utilities in an effort to put the brakes on scams against our customers.

We encourage the public to be aware and cautious when those posing as utility workers call on the telephone or visit your home. Err on the side of safety and check with your provider before giving out any information or purchasing third party credit cards for payments.

Remember the following about Cleveland Public Power and our interaction with the public:

  • We do not need to gain access to your home
  • If we knock to inform you of an interruption in service we will arrive in a white truck with our logo prominently displayed –> cpp_horzcmyk_notag
  • Our employees wear shirts and jackets with the same logo imprinted on them
  • We will not call you and ask you to go out and purchase a credit card for payment
  • You can pay your bill in person, online, by telephone through our automated system or with one of our customer service representatives

If it feels suspicious call us immediately to report the call or visit. We can verify the legitimacy of the person reaching out to you.

Here are the telephone numbers to reach Cleveland Public Power:

  • Customer Service – 216-664-4600
  • 24 Hr. Trouble Line – 216-664-3156

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Fireplace Safety Tips

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Fireplaces seem to create a romantic and cozy ambiance; however, they can be extremely hazardous if you do not exercise proper caution. It is vital to have smoke alarms on every level of your home, and considering the fact that we just turned our clocks back an hour, all of the batteries in your smoke detectors should’ve been checked/replaced.

You should be certain that your fireplace was constructed for actual use, not just for decoration. If you’re considering installing a factory made fireplace, make sure that you have adequate heat barriers and you aren’t putting it near anything combustible.  If you plan on using your fireplace regularly, you should have your chimney cleaned annually, and ensure that it is clear of leaves, pine needles and any other debris.  You should never use flammable liquids to ignite a fire, nor burn any cardboard, trash or debris in your fireplace.  Always use a screen around the fireplace to keep sparks from flying out.  Never leave your fire unattended, and be certain to put the flames completely before retiring for the night or whenever leaving the house.  Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand.  By following these handy tips you should be able to enjoy a warm cozy winter in front of your fireplace, and save on your heating bill.  #thisisCPP #ClevelandPublicPower #FireplaceSafetyTips

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Thank you, Cleveland Indians!

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Image: Destination Cleveland.

It’s only fitting that Thursday, November 3, 2016, is an overcast and rainy day in Cleveland. Spirits are low, but pride is running high in this town that has taken on the moniker Believeland!

The power of believing in yourself, your town and your sports teams is part of the fabric of life in Cleveland. We are often the underdog, the little guy that most believe are out of the contest before it begins. This year, we have shown the world that Cleveland is a POWERful city and we have a committed and strong support system. Our support system will #rallytogether when others discount us. We will fight until the bitter end and wake up the next day – win, lose or draw knowing that we gave it our all!

So from the little guy power company to our ALCS Champions we say “Thank you,” for a great season and for showing the world the “little guy” can compete just as well as the next guy!

 

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Beware of Voltage Vampires

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Just as the vampire sucks your blood, machines are sucking the energy out of your house when appliances are turned off. (Photo courtesy of zdnet.com)

This Halloween as you await the arrival of the traditional ghosts, goblins, and witches at your front door, be sure to check for the “monsters” living with you!

Who knew that power could be so spooky?  I love the term “phantom energy” but I personally feel that the term “vampire power” is more appropriate because just as a vampire loves to suck your blood, vampire power is constantly sucking away energy and draining money from your pockets.  These are just a couple of the terms used when referring to electrical products that cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged, such as your television, cell phone chargers, cable box, coffee maker, computers, etc., because these devices are created with little light bulbs, sensors, or other features that keep working as long as the device is plugged in.

You may think that the amount of electricity that gets used up in these situations is too small to worry about, but it does add up.  Let’s try to minimize these voltage vampires and phantom power loads by following these tips:

How to put a stake through the heart of these energy thieves:

  1. Pull out individual plugs where possible for example – unplug your cell phone charger or toaster when you aren’t using it.
  2. In areas near computers and home entertainment equipment with lots of components, plug everything into one power strip – just make certain you get one with surge protection, and when you’re done for the night or weekend, flip off the illuminated switch.

Slaying voltage vampires in your home is a good way to save a few dollars on your electric bill, and it also helps cut down on everyday emissions lessening your carbon footprint.  It’s a little bit of extra work, but every little bit helps and Mother Earth will thank you.

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