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NORTHWESTERN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.


February 2013


Stay safe when using electric heating products Space heaters


any people turn to space heaters and electric blankets as a convenient source of


warmth in winter months. However, electric heating products can be dan- gerous if not used properly. Here are a few safety tips for electric blankets and heating pads to keep in mind: • Purchase items only if they have been approved by an independent testing facility, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). • Inspect all cords and connections for cracks and frayed edges, which are a huge fire and injury hazard. Replace blankets or heating pads with faulty cords. • Discard your blanket or heating pad if you see dark or charred spots on the surface. • Do not put another cover on top of an electric blanket unless the safety instructions included in the packag- ing specifically state it’s safe to do so. Some newer models protect against overheating. (105000001) • Once your electric blanket or heating pad is switched on, keep it laid flat—a folded device can cause a fire, as can a blanket that’s been tucked in (which can bend wires). • Never use heated bedding while asleep—look for a model with a timer that switches off automatically.


Important dates


Meal at 6 p.m. - Meeting at 6:30 p.m. NWEC’s Medallion Room


Meal at 6 p.m. - Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sharon Grade School Cafeteria


Meal at 6 p.m. - Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Quinlan Methodist Church


Woodward County Voters


Fairground Improvements


February 12, 2013


District Six Meeting Monday, Feb. 11, 2013


District Four Meeting Monday, Feb. 25, 2013


District Two Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013


If you choose to use a space heater to supplement your home’s heating system, some of the same rules of thumb apply, including purchasing a safety-certified model and reading the included safety instructions. More tips for space heaters: • Keep units 3 feet away from com- bustible materials—such as bedding, drapes, clothes, and rugs. Space heat- ers also have parts that can spark, so avoid using them in areas where you store flammable liquids like kerosene and gasoline. • In general, plugging space heaters directly into a wall outlet is best. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it’s the correct type and boasts the right wire gauge size for your particu- lar space heater. Otherwise, use a wall socket that can handle the load. • Check safety instructions before using a space heater around water—


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Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture, drapes and other combustible materials.


some models are not intended for use in bathrooms. • Be sure children are supervised around space heaters. Curious explo- ration can lead to electrical shock and burns. • Finally, unplug and store the space heater in a safe place when you’re not using it.


Announcing new lobby hours at Woodward office


eginning March 1, Northwestern Electric will implement new office hours at the Woodward office. Following is a list of office hours for Woodward and Buffalo, payment information and contact numbers.


WOODWARD OFFICE Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


WOODWARD DRIVE-THRU Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


BUFFALO OFFICE AND DRIVE-THRU Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


PAYMENTS


24 hours/day—7 days/week Online at www.nwecok.coop Kiosk at Woodward Office IVR at 888.252.9372


CONSUMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Woodward 580.256.7425 or 800.375.7423 Buffalo 580.735.2566 or 800.259.2566


OUTAGES


877-9NOPOWER 877.966.7693


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