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CPP offers cold weather safety tips

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Icy Lake

Lake Erie was not frozen solid despite sub zero temperatures. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Frozen Tundra

On the east side of Cleveland Lake Erie is completely frozen over. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

CLEVELAND – Sub zero temperatures are causing US residents to  let out a collective “Brrrr!”  In an effort to keep residents and customers informed, Cleveland Public Power offers the following tips for cold weather safety:

Downed power linesNever touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. The first action should be to call 9-1-1 or your local utility. CPP’s Trouble Line can be reached by calling 216-664-3156.

  • Do not put your feet in water or snow where a downed line is laying
  • Do not try to move tree limbs
  • If you see someone who has come into contact with a downed line, do not touch them, again call 9-1-1
  • If a line comes down on your car stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away. Call authorities or ask a passerby to call authorities. The only time you should exit a vehicle with a downed line on it is if it has caught fire. If the vehicle is on fire, open the door and jump with both feet together to avoid contact with the car. It is metal and therefore you could receive a shock.

Power outage and food safety – Unless there is a major outage extending more than 4 hours, your food should be safe in the refrigerator as long as you leave the doors closed. After that point you may want to begin to prepare and/or eat the food.

Food in the freezer will hold much longer. According to the USDA, “a full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.”

  • If it appears the outage will last for a prolonged period of time, the USDA advises obtaining dry ice or block ice to keep the refrigerator cold. The USDA reports “fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot full freezer for 2 days.”

 In Home Tips

If you must use space heaters to keep warm, ensure that they are plugged directly into an outlet, do not plug them into extension cords.

  • Keep all furniture, draperies, flammable materials, and other household objects at least three feet from your space heater.
  • Always unplug your electric blanket when not in use.
  • If an in-wall or baseboard heater is shut off at the circuit breaker, be sure to lock or tag the circuit breaker to prevent someone else from turning it back on.
  • Because it is common for portable heaters and electric blankets to be recalled, make sure you check your brand and model to ensure that your particular heater or blanket has not been subject to and product recalls.
  • Never ever purchase a counterfeit electrical product because they have not met any of the testing or safety standards and they can be extremely hazardous.

Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson urges residents to take the necessary precautions for safety, during this unusual cold spell, “We are asking our residents and customers to follow storm protocols of seeking shelter, but in the event of an outage to call us at 216-664-3156.”

In the event of widespread outages customers will also be able to follow updates as well as report outages on Twitter, by following @cppgreen on

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Lineworkers increase system reliability

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Welcome to Transformation Tuesday! This week we’re going to spotlight Lineworkers.

In the power industry, a line worker’s job is to maintain the distribution system. This includes repairing lines, fixing street lights, installing new facilities that serve houses or businesses within your community, and troubleshooting and fixing problems. Lineworkers are also on standby (on call) in the event of a storm or outage emergency.

Lineworkers are trained to always be prepared for the unexpected as it is a hazardous job dealing with electricity and heights. Safety is a critical part of a lineworker’s day-to-day responsibilities, and technicians must be competent and familiar with safety regulations.

Cleveland Public Power Linemen

CPP linemen Phil Dates and Joe Worthy work on connecting wires.

The job of a lineworker is a big commitment. Lineworkers will usually have about 8,000 hours of on-the-job training during their four-year apprenticeship. They also need 250 hours of academic classes, which include electric courses, and classes on the math and science behind electricity and the electric system.

A regular day for a lineworker includes performing hands-on maintenance, sometimes in very stressful and inclement situations, to make sure your community’s power is as reliable as possible.

This Post was developed in partnership with American Municipal Power, Inc.

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Ohio Technical College, fueling the auto industry with local talent

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Welcome to Transformation Tuesday! Each week in this space we will share information on Cleveland Public Power and its customers, helping to highlight some of Cleveland’s gems.

What started in the late 60s as a fledgling truck driving school with just a few students has grown into a 900-student strong school for pretty much every thing automotive.

Ohio Technical College (OTC) offers training in programs that include auto mechanics, body work, sports and motorcycle repair, classic car restoration, BMW repair and truck driving. Located on East 51st, the college is housed in what was once the White Motors Corporation Service Garage.

Ohio Technical College

Students rebuild an antique car at OTC. (CPP File Photo)

“We train students for specific careers that they can walk right into after graduation,” says Mark Brenner, President of the Cleveland -based school. “We are definitely a college with an outcome.”

Students attend classes year round, for 18 months, until they graduate. About 20% of the students take classes toward an Associates Degree in applied science, but most are interested in certification in a specific area of expertise, according to Brenner. High on the technical scale is BMW training, where students train to work on the German engineered cars at BMW dealerships throughout the country. To hone their skills, the students train on brand-new BMWs.

“All of our students have an enviable array of tools and resources to work with,” says Mr. Brenner. “It’s our way of ensuring they are knowledgeable on the highest technology upon graduation.”


Mark Brenner, President of Ohio Technical College (CPP File Photo)

With more than half a million square feet in total area, the school needs a power company that can deliver. Air compressors, bake ovens for paint, power tools, grinders, sanders and plenty of computers mean that OTC requires plenty of power to keep its students learning.

OTC appreciates the fact that CPP was as committed to excellent customer service as the college places in educating its students. “We’ve made a decision to stay in Cleveland, ” says Mr. Brenner. “Cleveland Public Power helped us with the conversion of the older buildings we’re in, and helped us maintain our energy needs for the growing technology of the automotive industry. They made the investment in the conversion, and it benefits both of us.”

Reprinted from Cleveland Public Power Annual Report.

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Shining the Spotlight on – Cleveland’s historic West Side Market

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It’s Transformation Tuesday and this week we want to highlight The West Side Market. The West Side Market is a Cleveland landmark and has been in operation since 1840 and as such it is the oldest operating indoor/outdoor market in Cleveland.

Interior view of West Side Market

The historic West Side Market. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Beginning as an open air marketplace on a tract of land donated by two Ohio City landowners, Josiah Barber and Richard Lord (both also served as mayor of Ohio City), at the corner of West 25th (Pearl) and Lorain it has undergone much growth and many improvements to arrive at its current form. The centerpiece of the market, the yellow brick markethouse with an interior concourse, was designed by the architects Benjamin Hubbel and W. Dominick Benes who also designed other famous buildings in Cleveland, such the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Wade Memorial Chapel in Lakeview Cemetery. The markethouse was dedicated in 1912 and with its 137 foot clock tower has stood as a Cleveland landmark for nearly a century. The last major renovation of the West Side Market took place in 2004 when the arcade portion of the market was enclosed and heated and major interior and architectural renovations were completed in the main building.

Mud Pie Cupcakes

Campbell’s Cupcakes is one of two stands operated by the Campbell family. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Wolf Fish

Wolf Fish was a recent selection at Classic Seafood Market. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Today the market is home to over 100 vendors of great ethnic diversity. You can find not only fine meats and fresh vegetables, but also fresh seafood, baked goods, dairy and cheese products, and even fresh flowers. There are also booths that sell ready-to-eat foods, herbs, candy and nuts.

Open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the West Side Market is example of the resiliency of Cleveland, its businesses and its residents and Cleveland Public Power is proud to service as its electric service provider!

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What is a Transformer?

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Welcome to Transformation Tuesday!

Each Tuesday join us as we give you a little more insight into the electric utility world. Topics will range from explaining terminology to introducing you to some of our valued customers. Have a question about Cleveland Public Power, pose it and maybe you’ll see it in this space. All we ask is that you keep it clean and respectful.

So today we’re going to talk transformers and in our business they are very important!

A transformer is a piece of equipment that converts electricity from one voltage to another voltage. This conversion could be to a higher voltage for more economical transmission of power over long distances or to a lower voltage for use by consumers.

Transformers are usually either mounted on a pole or a pad.

Pad mount transformers are located on the ground – on a concrete slab locked inside a steel cabinet. These transformers are designed to meet the power needs of households and neighborhoods using underground distribution lines. Homeowners should not plant anything in front of the transformer, and children should never play on or around the steel box.

A pole mount transformer is attached to a utility pole. Usually it is located at the level of overhead cables. These distribution transformers are used to decrease the voltage level from power grids into power lines overhead for use by household consumers.

Pole mount transformer

Pole mount transformers.

There you have it, transformers make it possible for CPP to bring power into your communities and most importantly into your homes. For more information on us click here.

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