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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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Winter weather headed our way

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That’s right, the white stuff is on its way. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Winter Weather Tips!

If you haven’t already noticed, winter is quickly approaching and the cold air is sneaking into your home trying to freeze you out.  With that being said… everyone is trying to stay warm while also trying to save money.

While we want you to save money, we also want to keep you safe. With the cold weather, there is an increase in the use of electrical appliances, and unfortunately, an increase in electrical fires. Contributing to these fires are the use of electric blankets, space heaters, over exerting power strips and/or extension cords, and the use of counterfeit electrical products which have not met safety standards.

When using these items you should follow these safety tips:

  • Always unplug your electric blanket when not in use.
  • Keep all furniture, draperies, flammable materials, and other household objects at least three feet from your space heater.
  • Plug portable space heaters directly into the outlet – DO NOT USE AN EXTENSION CORD!
  • 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 any product recalls.
  • Never purchase a counterfeit electrical product because they have not met any of the testing or safety standards and they can be extremely hazardous.

By following this safety advice, you should have a warm, cozy, and safe winter.  Additionally, be sure to check the batteries in your fire detector because it’s better to be safe than sorry… and NEVER use your oven as a heat source by turning it on and leaving the door open – this could welcome carbon monoxide into your home and the results could be fatal.

We hope these tips will keep you safe this winter!

– Written by Melissa Medina

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Electrical safety for cold weather months!

If you haven’t already noticed, winter is quickly approaching and the cold air is sneaking into your home trying to freeze you out.  With that being said… everyone is trying to stay warm, while trying to save some money at the same time.  The cold weather prompts concern and Cleveland residents should be cognizant of the fact that the majority of electrical fires take place in the winter months.

In 2012 the City of Cleveland Fire Department reported 216 fires with an electrical origin. Some of the contributing factors in these fires are electric blankets, space heaters, over exerting power strips and/or extension cords, and the use of counterfeit electrical products that have not met safety standards.

When using these items you should follow these safety tips:

  • Always unplug your electric blanket when not in use.
  • Keep all furniture, draperies, flammable materials, and other household objects at least three feet from your space heater.
  • Plug portable space heaters directly into the outlet – DO NOT USE AN EXTENSION CORD!
  • 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.

By following this safety advice, you should have a warm cozy and safe winter season.  Additionally, be sure to check the batteries in your smoke detector.

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