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ay is National Electrical Safety Month, and Northeast Oklaho- ma Electric Cooperative is joining with the Electrical Safety Founda- tion International to raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. This year’s campaign, “Back to the Basics,” challenges consumers to make home electrical safety a priority.


According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average home today has a minimum of three televisions, two DVD play- ers, at least one digital camera, one desktop computer, and two cell phones. With teens at home, I have to add another DVD player and two more cell phones.


Cindy Hefner Manager of Public Relations Grove offi ce: 212 South Main.


Many homes and their electrical systems were built before most modern-day home electronics and appliances were even invented. The increased demand for energy can overburden a home’s electrical sys- tem.


“Modern homes and lifestyles run on electricity, but if you don’t properly maintain your electrical system, it can create hazards,” warns Tim Mixson, Manager of Operations. “The good news is that eliminating electrical hazards from your home doesn’t have to be diffi cult or expen- sive. And, following these simple tips won’t take much of your time.” • Make sure entertainment centers and computer equipment have plenty of space around them for ventilation.


• Use extension cords as a temporary solution, and never as a per- manent power supply.


• Do not place extension cords in high traffi c areas, under carpets, or across walkways, where they pose a potential tripping hazard. • Use a surge protector to protect your computer and other elec- tronic equipment from damage caused by voltage changes. • Heavy reliance on power strips is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed by a qualifi ed, licensed electrician.


• Keep liquids, including drinks, away from electrical items such as televisions and computers.


Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, fam- ilies, employees, and communities will prevent electrical fi res, injuries, and fatalities.


The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)3 non-profi t organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and electrical safety, visit www.electrical-safety.org.


Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offi ces are closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Available 24 hours at: 1-800-256-6405


If you experience an outage: 1. Check your switch or circuit breaker in the house and on the meter pole to be sure the trouble is not on your side of the service.


2. When contacting the cooperative to report an outage, use the name as it appears on your bill, and have both your pole number and account


number ready.


Please direct all editorial inquiries to Communications Specialist Clint Branham at 800-256-6405 ext. 9340 or email clint.branham@neelectric.com.


Northeast Connection is published monthly to communicate with the members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.


Offi cers and Trustees


PRESIDENT - Dandy Allan Risman, District 5 VICE PRESIDENT - John L. Myers, District 4


SECRETARY-TREASURER - Benny L. Seabourn, District 2


ASST. SECRETARY-TREASURER - Everett L. Johnston, District 3 Harold W. Robertson, District 1 Sharron Gay, District 6 James A. Wade, District 7 Bill R. Kimbrell, District 8 Vacant, District 9


Management Team Anthony Due, General Manager


Larry Cisneros, P.E., Manager of Engineering Services Susanne Frost, Manager of Offi ce Services Cindy Hefner, Manager of Public Relations Tim Mixson, Manager of Operations


Connie Porter, Manager of Financial Services


Vinita headquarters: Four and a half miles east of Vinita on Highway 60/69 at 27039 South 4440 Road.


LUCKY ACCOUNT NUMBER


If this is your electric service account number, contact the co-op at 1-800-256-6405, extension 9332, to claim a $25 credit on your electric account.


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