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May 18, 2007

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN: When they play outside, make sure children know they should never fly a kite in the rain or near power lines, use metal on a kite or climb a utility pole.STORM ALERT: Remember that during spring storm season, wind, rain and lightning can bring down trees and...
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May 18, 2007

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and other rating agencies warn consumers not to bring their ladders within 10 feet of overhead power lines. And they recommend using fiberglass or wood ladders when working anywhere near electric wires or equipment. But any material can allow electricity to pass through it if wet.* Buy...
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May 18, 2007

From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:Select a space heater with a guard around the flame area or heating element. Place the heater on a level, hard and nonflammable surface, not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep the heater at least three feet from bedding, drapes,...
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May 18, 2007

Each year, almost 4,000 injuries associated with electric outlets are treated in hospitals.The simplest and most effective way to protect against electrocution is by installing ground-fault circuit interrupters (FCIs). When replacing older and worn out outlets, consider installing three-wire or grounded outlets in place of the old two-pronged outlets.
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May 18, 2007

Burn only good wood - never burn trash, plastics, paper, driftwood, treated wood, artificial wood or pine boughs. Burn "pressed" logs only in an open fireplace, never in a closed stove.
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May 18, 2007

Stay away from downed power lines; you never know if they're deal or alive. Live wires can kill.When you see a utility crew working, steer clear. There is always a danger from moving equipment and the posibility that limbs or overhead wires could fall to the ground.
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May 18, 2007

Before you make your move to escape Iowa's winter, be sure and notify your local electric cooperative about your address change. This will keep your billing records updated.
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May 18, 2007

Wash and dry full loads, or adjust proper water level settingsDon't over-dry clothes. If your dryer has a moisture sensor, use it.Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
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May 18, 2007

Appliances account for about 20 percent of your household's energy consumption, with refrigerators and clothes dryers at the top of the list. When shopping for appliances, look at the tag that explains the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime.
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May 18, 2007

Check the seal - the long rubber strip - on the edge of the refrigerator door. If there is food or dirt in the seal, cold air might slip past the seal. You can stop that energy waste by cleaning the seal with a wet sponge.
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