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Let’s Talk Turkey!

Turkey

Not the Thanksgiving turkey you were expecting.

By Melissa Medina

Everything tastes better when it’s fried… so why not fry your Thanksgiving Day 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. Even Stevens in Cleveland! Make sure your fryer is on level ground; this will ensure that the oil level is being gauged accurately and that the oil is steady.
  3. No jive turkeys! 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 the oil ignites. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Thanksgiving Turkey

Keep our tips in mind, and you’ll find this delicious bird on your table without any safety incidents.

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High winds and rain predicted in Cleveland over the next two days

Tips to keep you and your family safe

Down wire

Storms potentially lead to down power lines and blackouts. STAY AWAY from down wires and report them to your electric utility or police department. (City of Cleveland Photo Bureau)

Remnants of Hurricane Patricia are expected to impact the Cleveland area beginning this evening. In advance of potential high winds and rains, we are providing information on what you can do when you lose power, not only to safeguard you but also to help us get your service restored as quickly as possible.

The first order of business is to call our Trouble line at 216.664.3156 to let us know you do not have power. When making this call, be patient because just like you – your neighbors may be calling as well, resulting in busy signals or longer than usual waits for someone to answer.

Second, it is always good to have a traditional landline that just plugs into the telephone jack. As much as we all love the portability of cordless telephones if your electric service is interrupted and these are the only telephones you have you will be without telephone service. Cellular phones are great too – but if you haven’t charged your phone recently you will soon be without it as well.

If you are having still having difficulty reporting your outage you can post a message on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/clevelandpublicpower or send a tweet to @clepublicpower. These sites are monitored frequently during inclement weather.

Now for tips to keep you and your family safe:

  • 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 suggests 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.”

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CPP committed to keeping Public Square well lit during construction

Public Square just as demolition was beginning.

Public Square just as demolition was beginning.

A major component of the Public Square project is streamlining the location of and access to utilities, both publicly and privately owned, into a new duct system.  When all is said and done, a new duct will run through the square with common points of access for different utility companies.  This will be much more efficient than the status quo, made hectic by the addition of telephone lines and telecommunications wires from out of state companies under the square over the past decades.

To prepare for the rerouting of power lines into the new duct and to prevent deconstruction and demolition work from hitting live wires, Cleveland Public Power spent last weekend de-energizing power within portions of Public Square.  In the process a section of streetlights in Downtown went dark which was reported on local news channels.

As of this morning, the vast majority of street lighting Downtown has been restored and Cleveland Public Power is working to have all power restored to streetlights by tomorrow.

Two other items to note:

  • Power to the closed quadrants of Public Square, including streetlights, has been turned off however CPP is installing floodlights that illuminate each of the quadrants – this will benefit construction more than pedestrians since the lights will shine inward but they will contribute to the pedestrian experience by lighting an otherwise dark hole in the center of the city
  • Power to decorative lighting poles outside of the main entrance to Terminal Tower is fed from the center of the square and not from the line that serves streetlights – for this reason these light poles are currently without power – to prevent the entrance to Terminal Tower from appearing dark, Cleveland Public Power has installed temporary lighting that illuminates the building entrance and the area surrounding it so that this area isn’t left in the dark.

The safety of our residents and businesses is a priority and we will work to ensure that outages like this do not occur again as this project continues. We are pleased to be a part of Cleveland’s current renaissance and we look forward to lighting the new public space that will add to the life and vitality of Downtown Cleveland.

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Alarms to sound as residents “Spring forward” for daylight savings

Don't forget to change your clocks Sunday morning. One hour ahead as the photo suggests. (Image courtesy of crossroadscards.com

Don’t forget to change your clocks Sunday morning. One hour ahead as the photo suggests. (Image courtesy of crossroadscards.com

The Cleveland Division of Fire will send a signal to local residents to make a potentially life-saving change.

On Saturday March 7 at 6:05 p.m. emergency sirens will sound for one minute in unison to urge residents to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks to daylight saving time this weekend.

The “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery Campaign” is a national home fire safety program sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and endorsed locally by the Cleveland Division of Fire and the American Red Cross.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of injuries and fatalities related to residential fires in half according to the NFPA by providing an early warning signal creating critical extra seconds to escape. Although smoke alarms are in a large percentage of Cleveland homes, nearly one-third do not work because of worn or missing batteries.

In addition to urging residents to change smoke alarm batteries, the Cleveland Division of Fire’s Public Education Office recommends that every resident take a few minutes for additional fire safety measures. This includes checking the smoke alarms, practicing an emergency escape route (know two ways out of each room), and designating a common meeting place once outside of the home.

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As snow falls, stay safe and warm!

As snow falls in CLE, remember these tips to stay safe and warm.

As snow falls in CLE, remember these tips to stay safe and warm.

As a fresh coating of winter white comes down, we thought we would share some tips to keep you warm, while trying to save some money at the same time.  The cold weather prompts concern and Cleveland residents should be aware of the fact that the majority of electrical fires take place in the winter months.

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 any 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 as well as your carbon monoxide detector.

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Winter 2014: Electric Safety Tips

CLE was hit with a lake effect snow yesterday and today. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

CLE was hit with a lake effect snow yesterday and today. (Photo by Shelley M. Shockley)

Winter came in with a bang this week, and most of us aren’t prepared for the cold and snow. To aid you in your preparations here are some tips to keep you safe and warm.  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.

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 is 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 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.

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 as well as your carbon monoxide detector.

In the event of widespread outages customers will also be able to follow updates as well as report outages on Twitter, by following @clepublicpower on http://www.twitter.com.

 

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Join Mayor Jackson for the 31st Annual “Night out Against Crime” August 5th

Shine a Light on Crime, one Block at a Time

CPD Helicopter

The Cleveland Police helicopter will be on site just as it was last year when this young man was given a tour.

CLEVELAND – On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Cleveland residents are invited to participate in Mayor Jackson’s 31st annual “Night out Against Crime”. The “Night out Against Crime” is an opportunity for Clevelanders to come together in order to shine a light on crime, one block at a time and take a stand against violence and other types of crimes in their communities. Events will be held throughout the city featuring police and public safety vehicles, free health screenings, refreshments and activities for the entire family! The main event will occur at Kerruish Park on August 5, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. In addition to the main event, various locations throughout the city’s neighborhoods will hold their own “Night out Against Crime” from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Additional Neighborhood Event Locations:

  • 1st District – Cudell Recreation Center, 1810 West Boulevard
  • 2nd District – Steelyard Commons, I-71/Jennings Freeway
  • 3rd District – Humphrey Park
  • 4th District – E. 65th & Fullerton Avenue

For more information, call 216-664-3290. “Night Out Against Crime” events are sponsored by Cleveland Public Power (CPP), City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, Cleveland Airport System and Cleveland Water.

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