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National Electrical Safety Month addresses common home electrical hazards


May is National Electrical Safety Month and TCEC is teaming up with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to spearhead the annual effort to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety.


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ESFI encourages the sharing of its campaign resources and developed The National Electrical Safety Month 2015 Electrical Safety Advocate Guide to provide the resources


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necessary to raise awareness of safe practices. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to be an Electrical Safety Advocate and help champion the cause of minimizing electrically-related deaths and injuries.


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T e 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.esfi .org.


Members who are planning to build should


contact TCEC early in the process. Often, contractors know to contact TCEC before starting a project to inquire about the cost of building new power lines for a project. Members should be aware of this step as well to ensure there aren’t any surprises in the building process.


Building? Let TCEC know!


“To be fair to all our members, we require a contribution in aid of FRQVWUXFWLRQ RQ QHZ VHUYLFH µ VDLG =DF 3HUNLQV &KLHI 2SHUDWLQJ 2IÀ FHU Page 28 of the cooperative’s Rules and Regulations of Service outlines facilities extensions. In part, this states that the member must pay 100 percent of the estimated capital investment necessary to provide the extension. When certain conditions are met, the cooperative will make a contribution toward residential facilities extensions. Call TCEC at 580.652.2418 if you’re planning to build.


Read more in the Rules and Regulations, located at www.tcec. coop > About > Rules & Regulations.


Phone payments to be automated


Beginning in September, all phone payments will go through an automated system rather than a live operator. Other payment options will still be available. This change is part of TCEC’s conversion to an improved enterprise software system to enhance the service the cooperative offers its members. TCEC is repeating this notice to ensure members are aware of this important change. To view all payment options, visit www.tcec.coop. Thank you. 


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