The mercury and humidity levels are set to increase this weekend, so keep these tips in mind as you seek to beat the heat without breaking the bank:
We 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.
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).
Today is the first day of Public Power Week! Here at Cleveland Public Power (CPP) we are excited about a week of activities highlighting the importance of Public Power while thanking the men and women who keep the lights on and our valued customers who believe in giving “Power to the People.”
Nationally, the first full week of October of each year is designated as “Public Power Week,” and it affords locally owned and operated utilities an opportunity to showcase the benefits they offer to their communities. CPP will join more than 2,000 other utilities in celebrating the advantages providing locally grown and locally operated electricity to its residents.
To kick-off the week, Cleveland Public Power joins Cleveland Slow Roll, a local biking advocacy group, in hosting a night ride through Cleveland neighborhoods. This ride demonstrates the utility’s commitment to the community, promotes physical health and safe biking while also offering fun facts about physical energy. Did you know that 600 riders, pedaling at a speed of 10 mph will generate enough power to light a home for nearly a month? Come out and help us meet that number.
On Wednesday, October 4th, CPP will thank its customers for their continued support with “Coffee and Donuts” in the lobby of the Carl B. Stokes Public Utilities Building from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
To further demonstrate its commitment to the community, Cleveland Public Power concludes the week with its Open House where attendees can see how power is transmitted to their homes; learn how to be safe around electricity and engage youth in the 4th Annual Solar Sprint, which highlights renewable energy.
The Solar Sprint is a highlight of this event and more than 30 local teams representing students in grades 3-8 are anxiously preparing their vehicles to claim bragging rights as the fastest car in the race. They will demonstrate their knowledge of engineering, aerodynamics and show their creative flair.
The Solar Sprint kicks off at Noon with the Open House beginning at the conclusion of racing. For more information on the event, call 216-857-2624.