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People's Electric Cooperative


P.O. Box 429 Ada, OK 74821


Business Hours


7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday (877) 456-3031 or (580) 332-3031(Ada Area)


24 Hour Outage Reporting System (877) 272-1500 or


Power Up, Stay Safe T


Lives are on the line.


he safety of you, our members, and our employees is a top priority


at PEC, especially during dangerous times. When storms hit our area, we rush to your aid as soon as weather conditions allow our lineworkers to make repairs safely. PEC is proud of our outstanding


safety record, but sometimes, no matter how many steps we take to keep everyone safe, the very people we are there to help unknowingly put our lives—and their own—in danger. Portable generators, widely used


when power lines are down, can prove fatal to lineworkers and your neighbors when used improperly. Of course, no one would ever


purposely cause the death of a lineworker. Nevertheless, a generator connected to a home’s wiring or plugged into a regular household outlet can cause backfeeding along power lines and electrocute anyone who comes in contact with them— even if the line seems dead. And PEC employees are not


the only ones in danger when a portable generator is used improperly. Generator owners themselves may be at risk of electrocution, fi re injury, property damage, or carbon monoxide poisoning if they do not follow the necessary safety rules. Portable generators can be very


helpful to consumers during outages. But we urge you to follow these safety guidelines when using one:


• Never connect a generator directly to your home’s wiring unless your home has been wired for generator use. This can cause backfeeding along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including lineworkers making repairs. Have a licensed electrician install the equipment necessary to safely connect emergency generators to your home.


• Always plug appliances directly into generators. Connecting the generator to your home’s circuits or wiring must be done by a qualifi ed, licensed electrician who will install a transfer switch to prevent backfeeding. 1013300201


• Use heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords. Make sure extension cords are free of cuts or tears and the plug has three prongs. Overloaded cords can cause fi res or equipment damage.


• Ensure your generator is properly grounded.


• Never overload a generator. A portable generator should only be used when necessary to power essential equipment or appliances.


• Turn off all equipment powered by the generator before shutting it down.


• Keep the generator dry. Operate it on a dry surface under an open structure.


• Always have a fully charged fi re extinguisher nearby.


• Never fuel a generator while it is operating.


• Read and adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation. Never cut corners when it comes to safety.


(580) 272-1500 (Ada Area) Website: www.peopleselectric.coop


IMPORTANT DATES Bills mailed ........................................31st Bills should be paid by the .........10th Cutoff s made ...................................20th


STEPS TO FOLLOW IF YOUR


ELECTRICITY GOES OFF 1. Check your fuse or breaker box. 2. Check with your neighbors. Are they off ? Have they reported the outage?


3. Call our 24 hour Outage Reporting System at toll-free 1-877-272-1500 or (580) 272-1500 (local Ada area).


4. Always report outages promptly! Remember, the cooperative's responsibility ends at the meter. If a service call is made and the trouble is found on the consumer's side, a $50.00 service charge will be assessed.


5. For faster service, please make sure we have the correct phone number(s) for your account on fi le. Your phone number will be used to access your account information.


Providing electricity and energy service to over 20,000 meters in the following 11 south central Oklahoma counties: Atoka, Carter, Coal, Garvin, Hughes, Johnston, McClain, Murray, Pittsburg, Pontotoc and Seminole.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Dr. Laurin Patton - Ada, Chairman & President Eldon Flinn - Fittstown, Vice Chairman Jack Lambert - Ada, Secretary Bob Thomas - Coalgate, Asst. Secretary./Treas. Jenny Trett- Sulphur, Trustee


Happy New Year!


“Wishing you a year of happiness and prosperity with endless smiles and infinite success.”


PEC’s offi ces will be closed on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.


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