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LCEC accepting Environmental Funding Award applications

LCEC accepting Environmental Funding Award applications

July 29, 2021 – September 1 is the deadline to apply for an LCEC Environmental Funding Award. To apply for an environmental funding award from LCEC, organizations can visit www.lcec.net/about-lcec/community-and-education/environment to download the application. Interested organizations must meet certain criteria to be considered for the award including being located within LCEC service territory, funding utilized for projects/programs related to the environment and the utility industry, and having a demonstrated need for funds. Funding is awarded twice a year with deadlines happening in March and September. The March 2021 LCEC Environmental Funding Award recipients included Audubon Western Everglades, Future Forestry, Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary. More than $160,000 has been awarded since the program’s inception in 2013. LCEC’s Environmental Funding Award Program is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment. To learn more, visit the Environment page at www.lcec.net.

What is the big green box in my neighborhood?

July 22, 2021 – What are big, green, and sit in residential neighborhoods? These large green boxes are called pad-mounted transformers and caution must be practiced around them. 

What is a pad-mounted transformer?
Pad-mounted transformers work in the same capacity as the transformers (gray cans) on the top of electric poles do. In essence, they convert higher-voltage electricity to a lower voltage so that it is safe and useful for your home. The only difference is that pad-mounted transformers work with underground power lines while transformers on the pole work directly with the overhead electric lines.

How can I stay safe around pad-mounted transformers?
Pad-mounted transformers are locked and marked as dangerous. These big green boxes should never be used as benches, nor should kids play on or near them. Landscaping should not be planted around these boxes as power linemen may need to access them safely and easily, and any roots could interfere with underground wires. Never, ever dig anywhere near a pad-mounted transformer. It is just as important for people to be safe around underground power lines and pad-mounted transformers as it is to be safe around overhead power lines.

For more ways to stay safe around electricity, visit lcec.net.

Keep your kids safe and smart about outdoor electrical hazards

July 8, 2021 – Tropical Storm Elsa has left our area, and every kid in town is ready to head outdoors to enjoy what is left of summer! As little and big kids alike enjoy the outdoors, it is imperative for parents to remind their kids of the following outdoor electric safety rules:

  • Always keep an eye out for overhead power lines and electrical equipment, and never climb on or play near either.
  • Avoid climbing trees near power lines. Even if a tree doesn’t seem to be touching a power line but is near one, that branch could make contact if more weight is added to a branch.
  • Only fly kites and remote-controlled airplanes in large open areas far away from power lines. If your kite happens to get stuck in a tree near power lines, do not climb it to free your kite. Call your electric utility for help. If you are an LCEC customer, please call 239-656-2300. It is also important to never fly a kite when a thunderstorm is looming.
  • Never, ever climb a utility pole or tower. Electricity is carried through utility poles and towers and has the potential to kill.
  • Steer clear of electric substations which house dangerous, high-voltage equipment. If a pet or toy makes it inside of a substation, call you utility provider immediately.
  • Water and electricity do not mix!!

Visit lcec.net for more information on electrical safety. Here’s to our kiddos enjoying all the beauty, fun and exercise that the outdoors has to offer while keeping safety in mind!

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