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Keeping Fido Safe Around Electricity

Keeping Fido Safe Around Electricity

According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 68 percent of households equaling about 85 million families, own pets in the United States. That is a lot of furry family members that need protection from the dangers of electricity. Below are some tips to keep Fido and friends safe:

Hide cables and cords:
Keep all electrical cords hidden from sight of pets. Curious little critters have a tendency to nibble on and bat at cables which makes electrical cords the number one electrical danger for pets. Playing with or chewing on cords can lead to shock, burns and, in some cases, fire. Pets can also become entangled in wires. If Fido won’t leave your electrical cords alone, consider pet-proofing them with plastic piping or rub on a deterrent such as lemon juice, hot sauce or vinegar.

Use caution with hot items:
Heat producing elements such as portable heaters, hair straighteners or curling irons must be powered off when they are not being. A cold critter could mistake these types of appliances for a warm place to curl up and nap.

Water and electricity do not mix:
Pet owners know that their furry loved ones are both curious and clumsy at times. Never leave electrical appliances such as radios or hair dryers near sinks or tubs. If Fido knocks an electric appliance into water, it could result in electric shock and even death for your furry family member.

Plug in fully:
When plugging in electrical items, make sure the plug is completely inserted. Partially exposed prongs could be touched by a wet nose or tongue, resulting in electric shock.

Protecting our precious furry friends is a priority to any pet owner, but accidents can and do happen. In the event that your furry family member has had an electric shock, immediately move them away from electrical source by using a non-conductive item such as a pillow or wooden broom handle. Once Fido is safe from the source of electricity, wrap them in a blanket and rush them to the vet.

Are your ducts in a row?

Research shows that that duct leaks account for 20 to 60 percent of all air exchange in new and old homes. Conditioned air can easily escape through leaky ducts resulting in unconditioned air being drawn into the home. There are several ways to identify leaky ducts, but most duct leaks are readily identified through close visual inspection of the ductwork and occur within 10 feet of the air handler, the area of the duct system exposed to the highest levels of vibration, pressure, humidity and temperature difference. Depending on the condition of the ducts, you may need to consider either duct repair cleaning.

Duct repairs can be made using metal foil duct tape or mastic adhesive.

Metal foil tape:
• Most duct leaks, regardless of the type of duct, can be repaired using metal foil duct tape.
• Metal foil tape must be burnished or rubbed down with a plastic putty knife or an old credit card. If this step is neglected, the tape will loosen quickly, and the leak will return.
• All tape must be applied to clean, dry surfaces.
• Use caution as the edges of this tape can cut skin.

Mastic adhesive:
• A more permanent method of duct repair.
• A thick latex paste, usually reinforced with chopped fiberglass, that is applied in a thick coat over potential and existing leaks.
• Will not fill large cracks or voids. They must first be taped shut and then reinforced with mastic.
• Once properly sealed with mastic, potential and existing leaks are permanently repaired.

Duct-cleaning can cost as much, if not more, than replacing air ducts. Check out the Energy Efficiency tab on lcec.net for information on cleaning air ducts, types of air ducts and more.

Hurricane Heroes Honored at 80th Annual Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade

LCEC is extremely honored to be celebrated among the hurricane heroes in the 80th Annual Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade. LCEC’s own International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1933 President and Lead Lineman Greg Krumm will ride alongside FPL Senior Line Specialist Shawn Collins as the Grand Parade Marshals. These lineman represent the thousands of utility workers who worked countless hours in unforgiving, dangerous environments to restore power after Hurricane Irma. Lineman, just like first responders, spent weeks away from family and their own damaged homes to ensure that life went back to normal for all those affected by the storm. These heroes went largely unnoticed. They work swiftly, safely and strategically to help those in need. LCEC is humbled by the opportunity to represent and thank all those workers from Florida and beyond for their selfless, heroic work following Hurricane Irma.

Calling all anglers to 22nd Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament

Calling all anglers to the 22nd Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament happening April 21, 2018 at D&D Matlacha Bait and Tackle. Captain’s Meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on April 20 at D&D. Cost is $65 per angler before April 18, $75 thereafter. Students (with valid student identification) can fish for just $50 before April 18, $55 thereafter. Cash and prizes will be awarded. There will also be delicious BBQ for sale, in addition to a HUGE silent auction and raffle. A separate raffle will be held for a 2002 Ford F150 4×4 automatic with 86,000 miles, new tires, chrome wheels, A/C, bed cover and more. Tickets for the truck will be $5 each or six for $25, and winner will be announced at tournament (but you do not have to be present to win). Visit www.uw.lcec.net for information on registration, sponsorships and raffles, and contact fish@lcec.net or 239-656-2122 with questions. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. Special thanks to the premiere sponsor of this year’s tournament: Irby.

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