Be safe this Independence Day! Consider these Fireworks Safety Tips

fireworks4-0336We all enjoy the 4th of July because most of us plan cookouts with family and friends. We like to end our night typically by either watching a fireworks show somewhere, or setting off our own fireworks because somehow fireworks have become synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day.
However, the thrill of fireworks can also lead to serious injuries. Here are some important safety tips to consider when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
    Avoid purchasing fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could potentially pose serious danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
    Parents must keep in mind that young children suffer injuries from sparklers because they can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. (These are temperatures hot enough to melt some metals.)
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device while attempting to ignite the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited upon your first attempt.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning period, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it in order to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make certain that the types fireworks you would like to set off are legal in the City of Cleveland prior to making your purchase.
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City Encourages Residents to Visit City Pools & Spray Basins as Temps Rise Above 90 Degrees

City of Cleveland offers tips to keep cool this weekend!

Straight from City Hall

The City of Cleveland reminds residents to take extra caution as temperatures are expected to rise above 90 degrees this weekend. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 88 degrees on Friday, a high of 94 degrees on Saturday and a high of 92 degrees on Sunday.

City outdoor pools are normally open Wednesdays through Sundays. Indoor pools are open Mondays through Saturdays. Outdoor pools will remain open Monday and Tuesday if temperatures rise to 85 degrees or higher. Spray basins will be open and remain open if the temperature is 80 degrees or higher Click here for a list of indoor and outdoor pool locations.

Here are some additional tips for staying safe in the heat:

  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes during hot weather.
  • Cover your head with a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

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Scams are back – know what not to do!

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CLEVELAND – Utility scammers are at it again! Cleveland Public Power customers have recently been contacted with the threat of disconnection of their electric service if they did not call a toll-free number and make a payment using reloadable Debit Cards, and then reporting the card number to the caller.

Customers are advised to dismiss calls of this nature and to call our offices immediately to report the telephone calls.

“This scam is targeting commercial businesses and while Cleveland Public Power will contact customers about their bills, we would not refer them to a third party payment option. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

Henderson also said, “When there is a threat of disconnection the only way to make payments would be in person in our Payment Center, by calling in and making a payment with our Customer Service representatives or make an online payment yourself.”

Notices about this illegal activity have been posted on CPP’s website as well as on its social media sites.

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Electric Utility scams are back – protect your business, know what not to do!

Utility scammers are at it again! Cleveland Public Power customers have recently been contacted with the threat of disconnection of their electric service if they did not call a toll-free number and make a payment using re-loadable Debit Cards, and then reporting the card number to the caller.

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Customers are advised to dismiss calls of this nature and to call our offices immediately to report the telephone calls.

“This scam is targeting commercial businesses and while Cleveland Public Power will contact customers about their bills, we would not refer them to a third party payment option. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

Henderson also said, “When there is a threat of disconnection the only way to make payments would be in person in our Payment Center, by calling in and making a payment with our Customer Service representatives or make an online payment yourself.”

Notices about this illegal activity have been posted on CPP’s website as well as on its social media sites.

 

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April 6, 2018 · 4:17 pm

Ice, snow headed our way – are you prepared?

Downed Power Lines Warning

If you see a downed power line, call your local utility or dial 9-1-1.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of northeast Ohio lasting through early Saturday. What does that mean? The rain that is falling now will turn into a wintry mix of rain and snow and finally just snow.

What can you expect?  According to NWS:

A glaze of ice up to a quarter inch of  is expected this afternoon, then accumulating snow later tonight and Saturday. In preparation for the storm, here is a list of items that will help keep you safe:

  • Make sure you have flashlights, battery-powered radio and extra batteries in case of an interruption of power.
  • Charge cell phones, tablets, and laptops so that you can stay connected in the event of an outage. Also, charge your chargers for extra power.
  • Gather blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothing to keep everyone comfortable.
  • Keep non-perishable snacks and food that does not require cooking handy.
  • Stock up on bottled water.
  • Keep a cooler handy with ice packs and/or ice to keep perishable items cold in case of an outage.
  • Unplug and avoid using major electric appliances
  • Conditions such as those forecast for this weekend have the potential to result in ice and heavy snow accumulating on power lines and tree limbs, which could result in power outages. Below are tips to keep you safe during this and other winter storms:

Downed power lines – Never 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 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 – unplug and avoid using major electric appliances and avoid using landline telephones. You should also avoid using the telephone because in the event of a lightning strike these lines and other wires can conduct electricity.
  • We advise against using candles, but when using do not leave them unattended.

In the event of widespread outages, customers will also be able to follow updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/clepublicpower (@CLEPublicPower).

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Power to Cleveland’s Westside Restored

CLEVELAND – Earlier today a transformer at Cleveland Public Power’s W. 41st Street substation failed causing a brief fire and a major power outage on the Westside of Cleveland. Approximately 40,000 customers were without power. Crews have completed an interim repair and power has been restored. In addition, a feeder tripped after the restoration leaving a small section of the Westside without power and crews are currently working to restore power to this area. CPP is developing a permanent solution.

“We know that power outages are always inconvenient, but with the extreme cold temperatures they are also dangerous,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Even though power has been restored, we are keeping all of our resources involved as we monitor the situation, and we are still encouraging people to check on their neighbors and relatives to make sure they are safe.”

The City of Cleveland has relocated the warming center previously located at the Michael J. Zone Recreation Center to the Gunning Recreation Center. An additional warming center will be set up at Public Auditorium. Additionally, people should check on any relatives in the area to make sure they are safe. Please keep in mind that, if the power goes out again, landlines may not be the most effective means to contact relatives in the impacted area and you may need to check on relatives in-person. If you are traveling, remember to treat all non-functioning or malfunctioning traffic signals as stop signs. All intersections should be treated as a four-way stop.

With the extreme cold temperatures, anyone without power should also leave a small, pencil-lead thin stream of water running through their faucets in order to prevent water pipes from freezing.”

About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at www.city.cleveland.oh.us, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland.

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Winter Storm Warning issued

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Winter storm in Cleveland.

The snow has tapered off for now, but it is expected to continue into this evening and tomorrow. Here are some tips to keep you safe and warm.

 

Heavy snow can accumulate on power lines and tree branches resulting in downed power lines. Ultimately, this would turn into a power outage, so we offer these tips to stay safe during storms:

  • Downed power lines – Never 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 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 – unplug and avoid using major electric appliances and avoid using landline telephones. You should also avoid using the telephone because in the event of a lightning strike these lines and other wires can conduct electricity.

In the event of widespread outages customers will also be able to follow updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/clepublicpower (@CLEPublicPower).

Additional tips on staying safe and warm during winter storms can be found at http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.

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