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Three Ways To Prevent Electrical Fires | safety first


T


hree of the most common causes of electrical fires in the home are 100 percent preventable. Here’s how to


rid your home of the most common culprits:


Extension cords.These handy wire-stretchers are not designed for continuous use. Too many homeowners use extension cords year-round, and that can cause them to overheat. An overheated cord is a fire hazard.


If you don’t have enough outlets, or if your heart is set on locating a lamp out of reach, have an electrician install additional outlets, including one closer to the lamp.


Old wiring and outlets. If your home is more than 20 years old, a hazard could lurk behind its walls.


The electrical systems in older homes were designed to handle less activity. Overloading that system can trigger a fire.


SAVE YOUR


SPACE!


The Choctaw Electric Annual Meeting is the perfect place to showcase local crafts, artwork and business products, or increase awareness of your organization.


To reserve a free booth space, please fill out the vendor booth reservation form and submit it to CEC by September 16, 2016.


Join the fun—and reach over 1,500 CEC members, family and friends!


Likewise, electrical components don’t last forever. If yours are deteriorating, it’s time to replace them.


Finally, older homes have few grounded outlets. All outlets in every room that has water or that gets wet—bathrooms, kitchens, basements, garages and laundry rooms, for instance—need ground-fault circuit interrupters. Adding them is a job for a professional electrician.


Overloaded outlets. Plugging too many appliances, lamps and electronics into a single outlet can overheat the wires and the outlets. That can lead to a fire.


If your circuits are tripping often, that’s a sure sign that something’s wrong. Call a pro.


For more information on electrical safety or to schedule a free safety demonstration, please call your co-op at 800-780-6486.


2016 CEC ANNUAL MEETING Vendor BoothReservation Form


Organization ___________________________________________ Contact person _________________________________________ Daytime Telephone ______________________________________


Mailing Address _________________________________________ _________________________________________


Products to be displayed/sold _______________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________


Do you require electricity? _____Yes _____No Number of booth spaces


_______________


Vendors must bring their own tables, chairs and electrical cords. Reservation deadline: September 16, 2016


Please send booth reservation form to:


Jia Johnson, Choctaw Electric Cooperative PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743 ATTENTION:


All special requests must be approved prior to Annual Meeting.


SEND US EMAIL: Please email questions for Ask Your Co-op to: Jennifer Boling, jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Or, mail questions to Choctaw Electric Cooperative, PO Box 758, Hwy 93 North, Hugo,Oklahoma 74743.


CO-OP ASK YOUR


Q How can I add someone to my CEC account so they can call and get information?


To discuss any aspects of your Choctaw Electric Cooperative account, a person must either be the account holder or be listed on your account. While this seems bothersome at times, it is for your protection and any lenience is a violation of federal privacy laws.


If you wish to create a joint account with another person, that person must complete the account application form with name and contact information and present it to the co-op with a form of identification. Persons listed on a joint account are considered responsible for bills.


Sometimes a Choctaw Electric member may need to add caretakers or family members to their account as contacts only. To do that, simply call Choctaw Electric at 800-780-6486 and give the billing representative the name or names of those you wish to add as contacts.


Individuals listed as contacts on your account have access to billing information and may call Choctaw Electric at any time to ask questions or get information regarding your electric bills. They are not responsible for payments.


sLucky Account # 38846257 ($100 Bill Credit). If the account number above belongs to you, contact your co-op by the 10th of the month to claim your $100 bill credit. Call Jennifer Boling at 800-780-6486, ext. 207, or contact CEC via email or in person.


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