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Remembering the  2012 Lineworkers Rodeo hosted by Cleveland Public Power & American Municipal Power

CPP Assistant Superintendent Steve Holland raising the Ohio State Flag.

CPP Assistant Superintendent Steve Holland raising the Ohio State Flag.

 

Preparations begin in the early morning hours and Cleveland's Nosh Box was on hand with food.

Preparations begin in the early morning hours and Cleveland’s Nosh Box was on hand with food.

A view of the Field of Competition.

A view of the Field of Competition.

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CPP offers cold weather safety tips

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

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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 http://www.twitter.com.

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Bringing power to the Theater District

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Did you know that Cleveland’s grand Theater District is the second largest in the United States? We’re second only to New York’s Broadway! Cleveland Public Power has proudly served the Playhouse Square District for more than 20 years and we are excited about the planned upgrades to add even more opulence to this section of Cleveland. In the 1920’s when Cleveland was growing at staggering rates and streetcars were the norm, Euclid Avenue and Playhouse Square looked a little like this:

Playhouse Square

A 1928 view of Playhouse Square from clevelandmemory.org

As Cleveland rejuvenates and the Theater District continues to grow Playhouse Square will look like this:

The future

A rendering of the Cleveland Playhouse Theater District of tomorrow. (Photo provided by Playhouse Square Development)

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Let’s Talk Turkey – frying safety tips

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If a deep fried turkey is on your menu please remember the tips we’ve listed here. (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

Everything tastes better when it’s fried… so why not fry your Thanksgiving 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. The Flats!  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. Talking turkey! 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!

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Beware of “Phantom Energy” and “Vampire Power”

Beware of "Vampire Power"

Beware of “Vampire Power”

Just in time for Halloween, we thought we’d share with you ways in which you can eliminate the “fright” when viewing your monthly power bill?

Who knew that power could be so spooky!  I love the term “phantom energy” but I think “vampire power” is more appropriate because vampire power is constantly sucking away energy and draining money from your pocket.  These are just a couple terms used when referring to electrical products that cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged, such as your television, 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.
  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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Cleveland Public Power customers urged to beware of payment scam

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CLEVELAND – Today several Cleveland Public Power customers have received telephone calls from a man posing as a representative of Cleveland Public Power’s “Collection” Department and requesting $400 over the phone to prevent interruption of service. This is a scam.

These customers have contacted CPP’s Customer Service Center and given the utility the necessary information to investigate the origin of the calls. The Department of Public Utility Police Department is looking into this matter. We urge our customers to disregard these calls. The calls are originated from area code 801.

“Residents should be cautious of anyone seeking payment over the telephone. The City of Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities does not call asking for payment over the telephone and we do not accept payments at your home. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Cleveland Police Department,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

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

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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.

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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.”

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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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