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LCEC Public Relations Team Wins Big at FPRA Image Awards

LCEC Public Relations Team Wins Big at FPRA Image Awards

The LCEC Public Relations Team was honored with three awards at the 2016 Southwest Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Image Awards on April 19, 2016. The team won an:

–Award of Distinction for LCEC’s 75th Anniversary Commemorative Book
–Image Award and the Grand Image Award for three commercial spots which featured LCEC’s very own talented employees

The Local Image Awards competition is conducted annually by the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association to recognize outstanding public relations programs and to encourage and promote the development of public relations professionalism in our region. The Local Image Awards have become a standard of public relations excellence in southwest Florida. Winners demonstrate the very best examples of innovation, planning and design. Specifically, this award competition judges public relations programs on the following criteria: research, objectives, implementation, evaluation and budget.

Beware of Electrical Hazards While Boating

It’s the perfect time of year to head out and enjoy the beautiful waterways of SWFL! As you head out on the water, it is vital to remember the following safety tips:

–Always be aware of power lines when boating or fishing. Be sure to keep at least 10 feet distance between your boat and power lines.
–If your boat comes in contact with a power line, do not jump into the water!! The water could be energized and dangerous. Remain calm and stay in the boat, but do not touch anything metal until help arrives and the boat is no longer in contact with the line.
–If your boat’s wiring in not in compliance with American Yacht Club Standards, hire a professional to get to get your boat’s electrical system in compliance.
–Check that your dockside outlets have GFCIs, and that any cords plugged into the outlets are in good condition without any exposed wires or broken casing.

Following these simple tips is as easy as remembering to wear your sunscreen! Happy boating!

May is National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month! During this month, LCEC joins the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to help raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), exposure to electricity continues to be a substantial cause of injury and death among workers in the United States, with nearly 2,000 fatalities and over 24,000 non-fatal injuries in the ten years from 2003 through 2012. Awareness and education are critical to reduce the incidence of electrical fires. ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to educate the public in order to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.

In addition to electrical safety in the home, it is vital to use caution outdoors. LCEC reminds you to use caution when working or playing outdoors, check to make sure that items such as ladders, kites, booms, pool skimmers and antennas are clear of overhead power lines. Never touch or attempt to move a downed power line. Remember that power lines are underground as well. Before you dig, call 811 to have utility lines marked.

For more tips on electrical safety, visit www.lcec.net or contact LCEC at 239-656-2300. For more information on National Electrical Safety Month, visit www.esfi.org/program/national-electrical-safety-month-314.

ABOUT LCEC:
Established in 1940, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres. LCEC is committed to providing efficient, reliable, cost-competitive electric and emerging energy solutions and excellent service to our customers. LCEC is a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with nearly 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving and volunteerism programs, including the United Way, American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement and local school districts.

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