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May 2016


NORTHWESTERN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC


Page 3 Practical pointers for National Electrical Safety Month M


ay is National Electrical Safety Month, and North- western Electric Cooperative is joining with the Electrical Safety Foundation International to raise awareness about potential home elec- trical hazards and the importance of electrical safety.


According to the Consumer Elec-


tronics Association, the average home today has a minimum of three televi- sions, two DVD players, at least one digital camera, one desktop computer, and two cell phones.


“Modern homes run on electric-


ity, but if you don’t properly maintain your electrical products they can create hazards,” warns Jonna Hensley, NWEC member services and com- munications coordinator. “The good news is that eliminating electrical hazards from your home doesn’t have WR EH GLI¿FXOW RU H[SHQVLYH ´ Many homes and their electri- cal systems were built before most modern-day home electronics and ap- pliances were even invented. Today’s increased demand for energy can


overburden an older home’s electrical system.


NWEC offers the following tips to help identify and eliminate electrical hazards to protect yourself, your fam- ily, and your home:


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Avoid overloading power strips. Have a licensed electrician install more outlets to meet your needs.


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Hidden account number contest


Last month’s numbers went unclaimed. They belonged to Ben Richard and Larry Beavers. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the contest, this is how it works. We have hidden two account numbers somewhere in the articles in this newsletter. The numbers will always be enclosed in parentheses and will look similar to this example (XXXXXX). If you recognize your account


number, all you have to do is give us a call on or before the 8th of the current month and we’ll give you a credit on your bill for the amount stated.


This month’s numbers are worth $50 each. Happy hunting!


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the box. Carefully pour batter over coconut and pecans in prepared pan. Mix melted margarine, cream cheese and powdered sugar in large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds, or until well mixed. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat 30 seconds more, or until smooth. Spoon cream cheese over batter, leaving a 1 inch border of batter around the sides of the pan, and smooth with spatula. Bake for 43-48 minutes, or until the cream cheese mixture has turned golden brown and the cake springs back when touched lightly. Remove from oven and set cool for 20 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto serving platter. Let rest for 20 minutes more, then slice and serve.


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