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KILOWATT KIDS CAMP


your CO-OP


When asked to draw what he learned at Kilowatt Camp, Brancen Redman, age 7, drew this picture showing how electricity travels from a substation to a home. Brancen is the son of Mryl and Annette Redman of Antlers.


For more information on Kilowatt Kids Camp, please visit www.choctawelectric.coop, or contact your co-op at 800-780-6486.


Kilowatt Campers from Idabel watch as Choctaw Electric Cooperative’s Brad Kendrick explains some of the tools co-op linemen use on the job. Twenty-eight kids enrolled in the free, half-day summer


camp, which was held at Choctaw Electric locations in Hugo, Antlers and Idabel.


End of summer break? A checklist before you leave. PLAY IT SAFE


BY GUY DALE coordinator of safety & loss control


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ugust means the summer is almost over, and school will start soon. Because it’s too hot to do anything else, some families use


this time to get away for a few days to visit family or simply enjoy a change of scenery.


If you’re planning to leave town, you want to do it without worrying about the safety of your home or property. Burglaries tend to increase during summer when folks aren’t at home. Also, fires can start if a lightning storm strikes electronics or small appliances.


Before you leave town, go through the following safety checklist. It will help lower the chances of problems occurring while you’re away, and you’ll enjoy your vacation more knowing you’ve taken all the necessary precautions.


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Turn off all electrical appliances, including toaster ovens, stoves, and curling irons.


Unplug television sets and computers—these items are especially susceptible to lightning and power surges.


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Use a timer on indoor lights. Look for one that can be set to a random pattern rather than regular times throughout the day.


Install motion-detecting lights outdoors.


Set the thermostat to 80 degrees in the summer and 55 degrees in the winter if you plan to leave for an extended period of time.


Give your house key to a neighbor and make sure he or she has a phone number where you can be reached.


To visit with Guy Dale about safety issues, or to schedule a free safety presentation for your community group or classroom, please call 800-760-6486, ext. 227.


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