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October 2013 Protect Your Home From Electrical Fires


Each year electrical failures and malfunc- tions cause an estimated 43,900 home fires, but many home fires can be prevented by following safe practices.  when working with electricity. Hire a quali- fied, licensed electrician to perform all home electrical work in compliance with local and national safety standards.       replaced with arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which provide enhanced electrical fire protection by detecting dangerous arcing conditions.        are properly labeled. Always replace fuses or circuit breakers with the correct size and amperage.


       panel clear so you can easily shut off power in an emergency. - cal problem, such as outlets and switches that are warm or make sizzling, crackling or buzzing noises.      switches, and appliances for signs of damage. Do not use damaged electrical appliances!  basis, and never use them with space heaters or air conditioners.   recommended wattage of the light fixture or lamp.


BEWARE: Scammers Ask For Green Dot Cards Scammers will use any means to steal money from unsuspecting people. A scam involving Green Dot MoneyPak cards has been growing nationwide and has appar- ently come to our area.


Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reload- able debit cards and may be purchased at many locations, including Walmart. The scam works like this. A crook calls the targeted victim, claiming to be a utility company representative, demanding payment immediately.


The target is


instructed to go immediately to Walmart, purchase a Green Dot MoneyPak card in the amount that is owed, and to then call a specific telephone number with the code from that card.


When the crook has the code from the purchased Green Dot card, he can claim the money without leaving a trace. Recently, at least one SWRE member has apparently received a call from a


scammer who represented himself as a person collecting for the co-op. The member was instructed to purchase a Green Dot card at Walmart, then immediately call a return number to pay the bill. Thankfully, a phone call to SWRE set the record straight. This was a scam. SWRE does not accept Green Dot MoneyPak cards. Be aware. If anyone calls representing himself or herself as a co-op representa- tive, demanding payment through a Green Dot card, it is a scam.


SWRE may call about your account payment, but will never ask for payment with a Green Dot MoneyPak card. If you ever need to verify legitimacy of a bill or telephone contact, call us at SWRE’s toll free number (1-800-256-7973) during office hours and have your number on hand for verification.


account What’s Cookin’ in the Co-op Kitchen Easy Peanut Butter Bars


Cooking Spray 1 ¾ cups All-Purpose Flour 1 ¼ cups packed light brown sugar ¾ cup peanut butter ½ cup butter, softened 3 tablespoons milk 1 egg


1 tablespoon vanilla extract ¾ teaspoon salt


¾ teaspoon baking soda 1 (6 oz) pkg chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.


2. Mix flour, brown sugar, peanut


butter, butter, milk, egg, vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Fold chocolate chips into the batter. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. 3. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 20 minutes.


Joe Wynn, SWRE News editor Board of T


Dan White, Pres................. District 7


Don Ellis, Vice Pres. ...........District 1 Jimmy Holland, Sec. ..........District 9 Fred J. Stowe ......................District 2 Don Proctor .......................District 3 Ray Walker .........................District 4 Dan Elsener ........................District 5 Ronnie Swan ......................District 6 Carl Brockriede ..................District 8


Association P.O. Box 310 700 North Broadway


Tipton, OK 73570-0310 1-800-256-7973


is published monthly for distribution to members of Southwest Rural Electric Association.


SWRE Statement of Non-Discrimination


Southwest Rural Electric Association, Inc., is the recipient of federal finance assistance from the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimi- nation Act of 1975, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap shall be excluded from participa- tion in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of this organization’s programs or activities. The person responsible for coordinating this organization’s nondiscrimination compliance efforts is Mike R. Hagy, Chief Executive Officer. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels that this organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further informa- tion about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with this organization; or the Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Stop 1510, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-1510; or the Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Indepen- dence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or call 202-720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible.


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