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Harmon Electric Board Members Achieve Credentials


Jean Pence, Harmon Electric’s board member representing board district 6, and James R. Conley, board member representing board district 7, were recognized recently at National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Region VIII-X meeting in St. Louis, Missouri for their commitment to education. Mrs. Pence and Mr. Conley both received


their Board Leadership


certifi cate. The two board members were recognized before an audience of more than 1,200 electric cooperative offi cials from seven different states.


Today’s electric utility environment imposes new demands on electric cooperative directors, particularly in- creased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a working knowledge of the cooperative principles. Harmon Electric has a commitment to work through NRECA to sharpen this body of knowledge for the benefi t of their electric cooperative consumer-owners. The NRECA


Board Leadership


certifi cate recognizes individuals who continue their professional development after becoming a Credentialed Cooperative Director.


Directors who


have attained the Board Leadership certifi cate have completed 10 credits in advanced, issues-oriented courses. NRECA represents the nation’s more


than 900 private, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide


Remove Outdoor Holiday Lights Safely


When you remove your outdoor lights after the holidays are over, do it safely.


• First, suit up. Wear thick gloves and protective glasses before doing any electrical work at home. Taking down holiday lights is electrical work.


• Unplug. If your strands of lights are still connected to an outlet or to other strands when you start dismantling your holiday display, you could get a shock. Plus, unplugging the lights fi rst will help preserve them for next season.


• Be gentle. Don’t tug, pull, rip or yank your lights; you could damage them. Take the lights down one section at a time, and use one hand to


loop the strands around your elbow.


• Look up. If power lines hang close to your roof, note if they are touching or tangled in those wires. If they are, do not touch them. If they’re in the clear, use extra care when removing them so your hands, tools or lights do not touch. Then, call your electric cooperative and report that low- hanging wire. Power lines should not be close enough to your roof that you can touch them.


• Inspect. Check for broken bulbs, fraying wires, staples - which you should never use to hang lights - and other damage. Take care with damaged lights and wires. Once they’re off of the house and the trees, throw damaged strands away.


NO. OF OUTAGES


7 1 1 1 3


MONTHLY OUTAGE REPORT CAUSE OF OUTAGE


Lightning Planned Outage


Farm Equipment Hit Line Wind


Unknown


probably a little bit warmer when you put the lights up in November than when you take them down in January. That could make you want to hurry the chore along so you can get inside where it’s warm. But if you rush, you could damage the shrubs and trees where your lights have been hanging for more than a month. Take care not to rip leaves or blossoms.


Consider that the weather was


Think about hiring a roofer or landscaper to hang and remove your holiday lights next year. They have the proper gear and training to safely climb onto your roof and up your trees, and to handle electrical wires.


electric service to more than 35 million people


in 46 states. Represented at


the meeting were electric co-ops from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma who make up Region VIII and Arizona, New Mexico and Texas who make up Region X.


NO. OF METERS AFFECTED


44 27 3 1 3


For the month of November Harmon Electric experienced 13 separate outages. The total members affected were 78 with an average time off of 1.33 hours. The largest outages were due to lightning.


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