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Northfork Electric


Cooperative, Inc. Operating in


Beckham, Roger Mills, Washita, Greer, Custer, Harmon, and Dewey


SCOTT COPELAND GENERAL MANAGER BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Jimmy Taylor-Pres ............................. Elk City Charles Hickey-V. Pres .....................Reydon Ransom Snowden-Sec-Treas ...........Erick Chris Mackey ....................................... Sayre Larry Smith ..................................Cheyenne Lloyd Joe Patton ............................... Sayre Danny Davis .....................................Elk City Brendon Atkinson........................Attorney


SAYRE OFFICE


Kenny Waugh ................Mgr. of Marketing Lisa Dailey...................Mgr. of Office Services Jeff Mohr ................Mgr. of Acct. & Finance Kay Brown ............................Adm. Assistant Richard Bowdre ............... Operations Mgr.


REYDON OFFICE Barbara Swope ..........................655-4557


FOR OUTAGES AFTER 5 P.M. CALL 1-800-NO-VOLTS (1-800-668-6587) or


(580) 928-3366


OFFICE HOURS 8 AM TO 5 PM MONDAY-FRIDAY


DATES TO REMEMBER READINGS MUST BE IN


NORTHFORK OFFICE BY THE 10th


OF EACH MONTH


TO BE USED FOR BILLING


ADDRESS P.O. Box 400


SAYRE, OK 73662 301 E. MAIN


Use Space Heaters and Electric Blankets Safely


By Heath Martin NFEC Safety Director


Nothing can put chills down your spine quite like winter weather creeping its way through every crack of your home. In order to save mon- ey and stay warm, many chose to turn down the heat and plug in space heaters or electric blankets. While these products may be a simple solu- tion from the cold, the Safe Electric- ity program warns that they can also cause fires if caution is not used. Safe Electricity offers the follow- ing tips for safely using space heaters and electric blan- kets:


• Read and follow all space heater and electric blanket instruc- tions.


• Check space heaters and •


electric blankets before use. Cords should not be frayed, brittle, or cracked. The blanket should not have any charred or dark areas.


• One of the biggest causes of fires is one of the most easily avoid- able. Many fires start when flam- mable products are placed too close to heating devices, such as space heaters. Space heaters should be kept at least 3 feet from blankets, cloth- ing, paper, and other flammables.


• Place space heaters out of high-traffic areas and on a level, hard, non-flammable floor surface— NOT on carpets, furniture, or coun- tertops.


This institution is an equal oppor- tunity provider and employer.


• Look for a space heater that has guards from heating elements and automatically shuts off if it is


tipped over or overheating.


• Do not attempt to warm your entire home using space heaters. Space heaters are useful in small areas, such as a study or living room. However, if you need to keep large areas warm, your home heating sys- tem will do the job more efficiently.


• Plug space heaters directly to the outlet, and never use an exten- sion cord.


• Only use electric blankets with an automatic shut off designed to prevent the blanket from over- heating.


• Pets


should never be allowed to sleep on top of electric blankets.


Elec-


tric blanket wires should never be bent or tucked under a mattress.


• Replace old or damaged elec- tric blankets.


• Choose a space heater or electric blanket with a safety certifi- cation. You should look for the UL, ETL, or CSA mark on the device. These verify that the product has been tested and is safe to use. Always remember to turn off space heaters and electric blankets when not in use. Never leave one of these devices on unattended or after going to bed. To learn more on how to avoid electrical hazards, visit Safe- Electricity.org. or feel free to contact NFEC Safety Director, Heath Martin, at 580-928-3366.


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