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Protect Your Home – Christmas Tree Safety Tips

It’s that time of the year, the trees are decorated with all the beautiful ornaments and children’s creations collected over the years. The lights have been strung and nightly you “Ooh and Ahh” at a job well done.

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During a recent controlled burn, Cleveland firefighters demonstrated how quickly a Christmas tree can burn. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

To ensure you and your family will have fond memories of this time and avoid tragedy, here are a few tips from a recent Cleveland Public Safety Demonstration:

  1. If your tree is real. be sure to water it daily to prevent it from dying.
  2. If the tree is artificial make sure it is labeled fire retardant.
  3. Keep electric cords away from the water basin of the tree.
  4. Plug no more than three strands of lights into each electrical cord or outlet.
  5. If you are using a space heater in the room where the tree is, keep it at least three feet away from the tree.
  6. Watch the video posted on Cleveland TV20’s YouTube Channel found here.
Fully engulfed tree

The tree is now fully engulfed in flames. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

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Celebrate Public Power Week with CPP

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It’s Throwback Thursday and this week we are focusing on Cleveland Public Power’s (CPP) Annual Open House in celebration of Public Power Week! In 2006 as CPP celebrated its Centennial the first annual Open House was held at our administrative offices in downtown Cleveland.


Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and former Mayor and Congressman Dennis Kucinich review vintage news stories on the Cleveland Municipal Electric & Power Company during the inaugural Public Power Week Celebration in 2006. (CPP File Photo)

The celebrations have been going strong since then and we invite you to join us this Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn more about your locally owned and operated power utility; how electricity comes into your home and the best ways to be safe around electricity.

To add to the many activities on electricity we will also have representatives from the Cleveland Divisions of Water, Water Pollution Control and Waste. The Cleveland Fire Department will have the Smokehouse on site so you can learn how to respond to smoke in your home and the Cleveland Police Department will also be on hand to discuss your personal safety.

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