LCEC is honored to announce that the fitness path on the LCEC main campus in North Fort Myers has been officially named the Kenneth Kelly Path to Wellness. LCEC Board of Trustee member Kenneth Kelly passed away on June 12, 2016. Mr. Kelly served as a member of the Board of Trustees of LCEC with honor and distinction from April 17, 2014 to June 12, 2016. His extensive business and military experience helped provide invaluable assistance in directing LCEC’s policies and actions. Mr. Kelly was also a generous supporter of improving employee health, and was instrumental in providing exercise stations along the fitness path on the LCEC main campus. In honor of his contributions, this path will forever bear Mr. Kelly’s name.
LCEC is pleased to announce that its onsite Toastmasters International Club, the LCEC Electric Toasters Club #5701, has been named the “Southwest Florida’s Club of the Year” for 2015/2016.
The LCEC Electric Toasters Club will be honored at the 2016 Southwest Florida Toastmasters Celebration this Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Gulf Coast Town Center. The Electric Toasters Club meets every second and fourth Wednesday at 12 p.m. at LCEC’s headquarters at 4980 Bayline Drive, North Fort Myers, FL 33918. Membership is open to all interested parties. To find out more about joining the Electric Toasters, call 239-656-2262.
About Toastmasters International:
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization’s membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.
About LCEC’s Electric Toasters:
Celebrating 26 years in existence, the LCEC Electric Toasters Club has 27 active members of which five are Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM), the highest award bestowed by Toastmasters International.
Florida is the lightning capitol of the United States. According to the NOAA, 33 people were killed and 234 injured annually during the period of 2004-2013. Although an average of 10 percent of those who suffer lightning strikes die, the remaining 90 percent often deal from long-term, serious symptoms.
The Weather Channel reports that:
• 25 million – Average U.S. cloud-to-ground lightning strikes per year
• 50,000 degrees (F) – Temperature that lightning can reach
• 1,800 – Average number of thunderstorms on earth at any given moment
• 100 – Number of times lightning hits earth per second
• 5-10 miles – Distance lightning can strike away from a thunderstorm
• The energy of a lightning bolt can exceed the power of a nuclear reactor
• Average lightning strike can light a 100-watt bulb for more than 3 months
As the saying goes, it is best to “go indoors when thunder roars.” Lightning is not only extremely dangerous to people, it can be brutal on the electric system. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this this storm season:
• Stay clear of downed power lines. They may still be energized and dangerous. Puddles of water contacting downed lines are just as dangerous. It is essential to call your power provider to report downed power lines. To contact LCEC, call 656-2300.
• Protect your sensitive electronics from power surges. LCEC customers are invited to learn more about our dual-stage protection called surgeSENSE by visiting https://www.lcec.net/my-home/products-and-services/surgesense.
For more information on downed power lines or surgeSENSE, visit www.lcec.net.
We are in the midst of storm season which brings with it a lot of unpredictable weather. Although LCEC works around the clock to keep the lights on even in the worst of conditions, it is wise to be prepared in the event of a power outage. Below is a list of things to help you prepare:
• Know where your circuit breakers are and how to check if a circuit breaker is tripped.
• Always keep a healthy supply of batteries on hand for things such as flashlights, radios, etc.
• Keep an ice chest and “Blue Ice” freezer packs on hand. This cooler can be used to protect medicines and special foods.
• Consider having a hard-wired telephone in your home, in addition to always keeping your cell phone charged.
• Store your cupboards with water and other staples in case of an extended outage. Water is especially important if you are on an electric pump.
These simple steps can make a huge difference during a power outage. To report an outage to LCEC:
• Call 239-656-2300 or 800-599-2356. One of our representatives or the LCEC Interactive Voice Response system will provide you with as much information as possible.
• Be sure to check if your breakers are on before you call to report an outage. If you leave your home during an outage, please be sure appliances such as the oven, stove or iron are not on. When power is restored, this could cause a dangerous situation.
• In the event of severe weather where large outages may occur, there is no need to report your outage. In the rare case of a widespread outage, LCEC is already aware of the interruption in power and is working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power.
Visit www.lcec.net for more information on storm preparedness and other useful energy tips and tools!
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