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Tips for evacuating before a storm

Tips for evacuating before a storm

July 30, 2019 – So far so good this storm season, but there is no way to predict what Mother Nature has in store for the remainder of this unnerving time of year. If a storm does rear its ugly head and you live in a mobile home, coastal area, flood prone area or a high-rise, evacuation is worth considering. If a storm poses a large enough risk to life, mandatory evacuations could happen. Below are tips to keep in mind should you evacuate:

• Evacuate during daylight hours if possible and make sure your home is secure before you leave.
• Map your evacuation route and use routs specified by authorities.
• Notify family and neighbors that you are evacuating.
• Turn off electricity at your main breaker or consider unplugging all of your electrical devices, except for your refrigerator.
• Take photo identification, emergency kit and important documents.
• Fill jugs of water to fill the freezer.
• Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting.

For more storm-related tips, lists and tools, download LCEC’s Hurricane Guide from lcec.net.

Preparing your home for a storm

July 23, 2019 – We are in the midst of storm season. By now, you should have your family’s disaster plan and kit ready to go if the situation calls for it. But is your home prepared if a storm comes to SWFL? The most important precaution you can take to reduce damage to your home and property is to protect the areas where wind can enter. Below are tips to help you prepare your home:

• Protect your windows with hurricane shutters or plywood.
• Trim dead branches from trees and shrubs around your home, avoiding those close to power lines.
• Clear your patio and yard of furniture, potted plants, toys and other debris.
• Anchor items that cannot be taken inside.
• Turn off and unplug the TV before lowering an antenna or satellite dish.
• Protect your electronics with surge protection devices.
• Reinforce your garage door at its weakest points.
• Inspect doors and add extra locks or slide bolts.
• Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs.

For everything you need to know before, during and after a storm, download the LCEC Hurricane Guide from lcec.net.

To tint or not to tint home windows and glass

July 16, 2019 – In sunny Southwest Florida, 30 percent of summer cooling costs are attributed to glass and windows. From sliding glass doors to skylights to regular windows in your home, all glass conducts heat. LCEC energy experts remind everyone that:

• Significant air-conditioning savings can be attained by blocking solar heat before it reaches the windows, or by using special heat-reflecting glass or heat-reflecting glass coatings also known as residential window tint.
• Reflective glass or residential window tint should be rated to reflect at least 65 percent of all solar heat to be considered efficient in Southwest Florida.
• Awnings, storm shutters, shade trees and porch or lanai roofs are all very effective in blocking solar heat.
• East or west windows are the main source of intrusive heat. It is recommended to use shading devices and tint on east and west windows since they experience many hours of direct sunlight.
• South-facing windows experience a great deal of direct sunlight in the winter months when the sun rides lower in the sky. In the summer, south-facing windows are largely shaded by the overhanging soffit of the roof.
• Skylights experience many more hours of direct sunlight than any vertical window and should be avoided if possible. Existing skylights can be tinted, covered, blocked or shaded to lessen their load on the air conditioner.
• When upgrading windows, consider energy-efficient features such as double-pane, low-E glass as well as type of frame material.

Residential window tint is available online and at many major home improvement stores. Along with detailed application instructions, there are many tutorials online to help you apply residential tint yourself. For more ways to save, visit lcec.net.

LCEC welcomes Director of Electric Operations

July 9, 2019 – LCEC welcomed Harold Taylor as its new Director of Electric Operations. In this role, Taylor will be responsible for directing the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of LCEC infrastructure including transmission, substation, and distribution facilities. Additionally, Taylor will play a key role in the development of corporate strategic and vision planning, and policy and procedure decision-making processes. Taylor comes to LCEC from Georgia with nearly 30 years’ experience in power supply working primarily for utilities and also as a consultant.

Keep fireworks away from power lines

July 2, 2019 – Independence Day is right around the corner! With so many ways to celebrate around Southwest Florida, you likely have big plans for the occasion! If you are planning on doing a firework display of your own, LCEC reminds you to proceed with caution by:

Keeping fireworks away from power lines!!
Fireworks should only be lit in open areas where there are absolutely no power lines in sight. Should a firework accidentally come in contact with an overhead power line, call 911 and your electric utility immediately! If you are an LCEC customer, you should call 239-656-2300.

Fireworks are as dangerous as they are beautiful!
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 9,300 fireworks-related injuries happen per year! This injuries range from people misusing everything from large-scale fireworks to firecrackers, rockets and sparklers. Sparklers alone burn at almost 2,000 degrees!

Additional safety tips from the U.S. Product Safety Commission include:
• Children should never, ever help adults with fireworks. Do not give children fireworks or sparklers.
• Firework spectators should be at least 20 feet away and not downwind of fireworks.
• Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from anything flammable.
• Read all instructions on fireworks!
• Keep water close by in care of fire.
• If your fireworks don’t light or malfunction, never try to relight!

There are many dazzling firework shows happening around town that are run by professionals and supervised by firefighters. These shows are a safe and fun way to end Independence Day with a beautiful bang!

LCEC wishes you and yours a safe and happy Independence Day!

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