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May is electrical safety month: Remember to call before you dig!

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By Melissa Medina

Spring is here, so let me ask you: are you planning any upcoming home improvements?  Do these plans require you to dig up any dirt?  Well, let me give you the dirt on digging before you get started!

If you’re planning on doing any work related to landscaping, driving landscaping stakes into the ground, new fencing, anchoring supports for decks and swing sets, planting trees, removing tree roots, installing a new retainer wall, or even projects on a smaller scale, it’s always best to call before you dig!

The Ohio Utilities Protection Service (O.U.P.S.) is there to help you out.  As a homeowner it is important that you call O.U.P.S. at 8-1-1 or 1-800-362-2764 because not only is it best practice for your safety, it is required by law.  O.U.P.S. asks that you call or contact them online by completing an e-dig request form within two to ten business days before the start of your project.

Why should you make this call?  O.U.P.S. will help you determine the exact location of utility lines and the underground structure surrounding your home.  What if you don’t make the call?  By not calling you will risk costly property or environmental damage, explosion or fire on your property, utilities service interruptions, legal issues, injury, and possibly death.

How can you decipher between all of the different utility lines?  Underground utility lines are color coded:

         Red – Electric power lines, cables, conduit and lighting cables

          Yellow – Gas, oil, steam, petroleum or gaseous materials

          Orange – Communication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit

          Blue – Potable water

          Purple – Reclaimed water, irrigation, and slurry lines

          Green – Sewers and drain lines

          Pink – Temporary survey markings

          White – Proposed excavating

What if you hit a line?  For the protection of yourself and your crew, stop working and evacuate the area at once.  You should never try to repair any leaks or damages on your own, nor should you use your cell phone or anything else that can potentially cause a spark in the vicinity of the damaged line.  If you feel the damage is of an urgent nature, such as a gas line leak, then contact 9-1-1 immediately.  You should call the utility company as well as O.U.P.S.

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How are you celebrating Earth Day!

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Honey bees contribute to our food supply and many have suggested that they will be extinct. Check out this post from last year to learn more – http://bit.ly/1GH9CHz

Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated on April 22nd, and its purpose is to highlight environmental awareness.  It was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, and is what considered by  many as the birth of the modern environmental movement.  It has proven to be extremely effective since its inception because it is now coordinated globally and recognized in more than 192 countries each year.

We only have one earth, and she is very precious to us, so we have to treat her good.  Earth Day helps to emphasize this message.  It raises sustainability awareness and assists in rekindling public commitment and building community pride.  Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths, and nationalities.

CPP is a huge supporter of Earth Day… not only do we celebrate it annually at the EarthFest event hosted by the Earth Day Coalition at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, but we also support a sustainable lifestyle by investing in various forms of green power such as solar photovoltaic arrays, anaerobic digestion, and hydropower projects to ensure that we do our part in making Cleveland a “green city on a blue lake”.

We were a proud sponsor of the Photovoltaic Arrays Project that consisted of having solar panels installed at the Rockefeller Greenhouse house to power a portion of the greenhouse.  We also have a role in supporting CMHA’s new administration building which is partially powered by their solar farm.

CPP has teamed up with Quasar Energy Group to produce electricity in an environmentally sound manner.  This state of the art facility located in the Collinwood area utilizes organic waste to produce energy by use of anaerobic digestion to produce a biogas composed of about 60% methane, which is the main component of natural gas.  The biogas is cleaned, separated and dried before being used for the production of electricity, natural gas, and compressed natural gas.  The biomethane which is converted to electricity is fed directly to the power grid through CPP’s distribution system.

We have also decided to join forces with American Municipal Power to invest in hydroelectric power plants along the Great Lakes.

Sustainability is something we are passionate about!  We’re so passionate that we hosted a solar powered car race for elementary school children, taught them how to construct their cars, and used recycled materials to create the race track during last year’s Open House event.  We support net metering customers and have even teamed up with CMHA on their solar farm project.

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Spring Forward, Change Batteries

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It’s time to move your clocks forward again! Turn your clocks ahead by one hour before turning in Saturday night. (Image courtesy of crossroadscards.com)

Spring is in the air, and it’s time to move your clocks ahead an hour to enjoy longer warmer days!

This is also a great time to once again check and change batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors. As you read this post, the Cleveland Division of Fire is sounding their alarms to remind you to take this potentially life-saving action.

If you are in need of batteries, please visit your local Fire Station – they have a limited supply of available: two per resident.

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

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9 Shopping days left – Shop Local

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This t-shirt is an example of some of the great Cleveland themed apparel and accessories you will find at CLE Clothing and Native Cleveland.

As a city of Cleveland utility, Cleveland Public Power regularly cites buying local as an advantage to potential customers. “During our discussions with community members we regularly tell them an investment in CPP is an investment in Cleveland,” said Shelley M. Shockley, marketing manager.

With that philosophy in mind, we were intrigued last month when Carl Baldesare of “The Keep It Local Project” said, “If everybody in Cuyahoga County spends $100 locally this holiday season, it will bring over $100 million back to the local community,” during a newscast on Small Business Saturday.

This information fed our desire to continue that movement and encourage our customers and reader to shop local this holiday season and beyond.

First up is CLE Clothing Company, a boutique specializing in everything Cleveland! The venture began when two lifelong friends – a graphic designer and an entrepreneur joined forces and bought a printing press in 2008 and has grown into an online “wear-house” and brick and mortar locations in two of Cleveland’s thriving neighborhoods – E. 4th St. in downtown and the Waterloo Arts District in Collinwood.

One of the unique features of these stores is the collaborative nature of the business. While the CLE Clothing line is the signature item, the stores also carry jewelry, accessories, and furniture all locally sourced by Cleveland artisans.

As you shop over the next nine days keep them in mind as we reinvest in the city of Cleveland!

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“The Grinch” targets local businesses this holiday season

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CLEVELAND – As families make last-minute preparations for the holidays, “The Grinch” disguised as telephone scammer is seeking to spoil the season. Cleveland Public Power has learned from customers that thieves are once again preying on utility customers to make a quick buck. This week, a commercial business customer was contacted and threatened with disconnection of their electric service by CPP’s competitor if they did not go to a local grocery store in Cleveland Heights and purchase a pre-paid card, and then call a toll-free number and make a payment to the Disconnection Department.

Fortunately, the customers suspected something was amiss and contacted CPP’s Customer Service Center and reported the incident.

The Department of Public Utility Police Department has been and will continue to look into these calls, and Cleveland Public Power is urging its customers to disregard these calls.

“This scam is targeting commercial businesses and while Cleveland Public Power will contact these 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.”

Cleveland Public Power will post notices about the scam on its website and through its social media sites.

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Winterfest marks the beginning of Cleveland’s Holiday Season

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The City of Cleveland’s official Christmas Tree. Powered by Cleveland Public Power. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

Last Saturday the City of Cleveland was a buzz of activity as residents and visitors converged on downtown streets for the annual Winterfest Celebration and in support of local businesses as part of Small Business Saturday.

As a sponsor of Winterfest, Cleveland Public Power, and our utility partners – Cleveland Water and Water Pollution Control were in the midst of Playhouse Square activity leading up to the spectacular lighting and fireworks display.

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Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Council President Kevin Kelley flip the switch to light up Playhouse Square. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

Walking down Euclid Avenue Saturday began to feel a bit nostalgic – there were thousands of people on both ends of the street checking out the Pop-Up shops on Playhouse Square as well as the shops in the 5th Street Arcade.

Euclid was not the only busy street, as activities were available in the Old Stone Church, Cleveland Public Library, and the restaurants on E. 4th Street were busy as well.

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Cleveland Public Power Deputy Commissioner Joy A. Perry was on hand for the lighting. (Photo by Ruggero Fatica, City Photographer)

If you didn’t make it downtown last week, why not start this Sunday afternoon in University Circle, with the Holiday CircleFest celebration and then head downtown to view the lights along Playhouse Square and Euclid Avenue.  During CircleFest, more than a dozen of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches, and schools open their doors free of charge and offer an afternoon of activities, music, food, fun, and shopping. Visitors can look forward to live performances from talented musicians, craft making, historic displays of holiday toys, storytelling, live animals, the city’s best gingerbread house competition, and much more.

The afternoon ends with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Winter Lights Lantern Procession at 5:30 p.m. The Museum describes this as, “A bright and innovative way to warm up your holiday season. Inspired by centuries-old, cross-cultural traditions of ceremonial lighting displays, the Winter Lights Lantern Festival features lantern displays inside the museum and the Environment of Lights installation on Wade Oval.”

All in all, “It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays” in Cleveland!

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