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Ice, snow headed our way – are you prepared?

Downed Power Lines Warning

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).

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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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Safely preparing for Thanksgiving

turkey1We’re one week out from Thanksgiving so we thought we would offer reminders on how to make this a safe and tasty holiday.

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 set your fryer 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 that the oil ignites. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

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Control your electric usage with MyCPP

In April, Cleveland Public Power launched a new online platform to further engage and educate its customers on electricity and energy usage. As cooler temperatures approach and we begin to think about ways to save for the upcoming holidays, CPP invites you to utilize MyCPP to help you.

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Log on today by visiting http://www.mycpp.org or visit our website at http://www.cpp.org and click on the MyCPP link to begin your journey into responsible electric use.

MyCPP is an online platform, accessible by a web browser on your computer, tablet or phone, where you can get information about your CPP account online and interact directly with CPP.  You can also earn points and rewards on the site and learn how energy is used in your home.

MyCPP lets you access your account in a dynamic and online environment, charting your energy use over time and inviting you to answer questions so you can learn how to be smart about energy use.  You will earn points and rewards each time you visit.  From MyCPP you are able to access the online bill payment feature and you can earn points for timely bill payment.  The more you visit, the more you learn about how to make the most of your CPP account.

CPP wants you to have the tools you need to use energy in a smart way.  Points and incentives are given to individuals who answer questions on the site, pay their bill on time, visit CPP at community events and who post positive messages about CPP on social media.  All of your points and badges are tracked through MyCPP, so login often and earn more points.

Click the MyCPP link to enroll today!

The first time you login you will have to create an account with MyCPP.  You will need an email address and your account number, which is located on your bill.

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Celebrate Public Power Week with CPP

2017_PPW Social

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.

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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.

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Are you prepared for an emergency?

Graphic: Make a Plan. My Plan.We’ve all looked on in shock and disbelief at the devastation left by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but have you given any thought to what you would do in a similar situation? September is National Preparedness Month, and as we conclude the first week we encourage you to develop a plan of action for you and your loved ones.

To point you in the right direction we are sharing some insight we gathered from our friends at ready.gov. So, the first thing you need to do is consider the following three questions when preparing your plan:

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?

Emergency Alerts and warnings in the City of Cleveland are issued through the CodeRED system. You can register for this service by visiting the city website here and clicking on the CodeRED tab on the right side of the home page. Mobile users can download the app here.

When implemented last year Safety Director Michael McGrath said, ” “CodeRED is another tool that the city is providing to help citizens stay informed and stay safe.” The City will utilize the system in the event of severe weather situations or when other emergencies arise.

Users can sign up for which alerts they would like to receive and the notifications can be sent to a cell phone, landline, or email address. In addition to emergency alerts, the City of Cleveland will be offering non-emergency messages on various city service interruptions. The CodeRED system has the ability to utilize Geographical Information System (GIS) technology to strategically deploy notifications

“The CodeRED system will give residents, visitors, and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into a database to receive emergency and non-emergency alerts,” said Alex Pellom, City of Cleveland Emergency Operations Center Manager.

Now that you’re set up with warnings, where will you go for shelter? Depending on the emergency you may only need to head to the home of family and friends, but in the case of a massive weather emergency check out these tips offered on ready.gov.

The final step is to develop a communication strategy for you and your family. In the case of large emergencies phone lines may be down, or sporadic so set up a plan for a telephone tree. More information on that can be found here.

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Have you registered your student for the CPP Solar Sprint Workshops?

This could be your student! Register today for the 2017 Solar Sprint Workshops.

The crisp air reminds us that it’s time for our annual Solar Sprint Workshops and we’re excited to see a new group of students test their skills on the track. Have you registered your students? If not, what are you waiting for, this is a great opportunity to have fun while learning new skills or perfecting existing skills.

If you’re not familiar with the Sprint, continue reading to learn all about it!

The Sprint is an opportunity for students to learn while building their own miniature solar-powered car. The race promotes,  partnerships as each team will consist of a minimum of two people and a maximum of four.

Each team will buy a Solar Sprint Kit for $24 (refunded after competition), provided by CPP, containing  basic necessities, i.e., solar panel, motor, and other necessities. The car’s design  is left to the ingenuity and imagination of the students.

There are two divisions for the competition – Junior and Senior. Juniors are students in grades 3-5 and seniors represent those in grades 6-8.

So to join the fun we need for you to do the following:

  1. Recruit team members (teams must have a minimum of two participants and a maximum of four)
  2. Attend one of the Solar Sprint Engineering Workshops on Saturday, September 9th or Saturday, September 16th from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  3. Build your race car
  4. Compete on Saturday, October 7 during Cleveland Public Power’s  11th Annual Public Power Week Open House!

Complete the form below to receive your registration packet today!

 

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