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10th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5K Walk/Run/Virtual Run/Kid Run for United Way

10th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5K Walk/Run/Virtual Run/Kid Run for United Way

September 30, 2021 – In just one month, LCEC will be holding the 10th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k to benefit the United Way. The LCEC Goblin Gallop 5K Run/Walk will be held on October 30 at Jaycee Park in Cape Coral. Set up will open at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. The kids run and awards will follow the race. There will also be a virtual race option that participants can complete at any time from now until race day. Register by October 15 and you are guaranteed a shirt or tank top. Packet pickup will be held from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on October 28 and 29 at the Run Shoppe in Cape Coral. Visit https://runsignup.com/goblin2021 for pricing information and to register.

This event will follow all CDC guidelines. If you are sick, please stay home and consider your race fee as a donation. If there is inclement weather on race day or health concerns do not permit gatherings, this event will be completely virtual. 

Visit the LCEC 5k Facebook page or contact 5k@lcec.net for more details. Since its inception, this 5k has netted over $18,862 for the United Way! Sign-up today and join others as we help our community!

Don’t fall prey to sly scammers

September 22, 2021 – Scammers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are charming while others are threatening. No matter what the tactic, they are all relentless in their attempts to con honest people out of money/and or personal information. The best way to protect yourself is to be aware and vigilant in safeguarding your personal information. When it comes to a utility scammer, LCEC reminds customer to…

Know what to look for:

  • Someone pretending to be an LCEC representative to get into your home
  • Anyone soliciting your personal information or trying to sell products and services over the telephone or through the mail on behalf of LCEC
  • Requests for personal information by email or websites appearing to be sent from LCEC
    Someone requesting immediate cash or “gift card” payment in person

Know how to protect yourself:

LCEC employees and contractors are frequently in your neighborhood to perform routine maintenance, energy services, and conduct tree trimming. All LCEC employees and contractors carry a photo identification badge and can provide work documents with corporate contact information. Ask to see proof and call LCEC to verify, if you are in doubt.

Know that LCEC will not:

  • Come into your home without making arrangements ahead of time
  • Solicit personal information over the phone, unless you initiated the call
  • Threaten to close your account if you do not take the immediate action of providing personal information
  • Visit your home offering cash refunds on deposits or electric charges. We either credit your account or mail a check to your electric service address

Know that your instinct is usually right:

  • If someone suspicious is on your property claiming to be an LCEC representative, ask to see photo identification badge or work request number
  • Contact LCEC at 239-656-2300 to inquire if representatives are in your area or to ask about your account
  • Do not allow anyone into your home if you feel uneasy about if they are actually from LCEC
  • Do not provide personal information such as bank account numbers, passwords, social security number or credit/debit card numbers over the phone unless you initiated the call
  • Ignore suspicious emails that urge immediate action or request personal information
    Do not trust contact information provided in suspicious email

For more information on protecting yourself from scammers, types of scams and how to report fraud or scams, visit the Safety tab on lcec.net.

LCEC awards eight local organizations with Environmental Funding Awards

September 9, 2021 – LCEC announced that it will provide Environmental Funding Awards to ArtFest Fort Myers, Cape Coral Wildlife Trust, Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, Monofilament Busters, Cypress Cove Landkeepers, Audubon of Southwest Florida, Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Future Forestry. Since the program’s inception in 2013, LCEC has awarded more than $186,000 to local organizations for a variety of initiatives focused on protecting our precious environment.

LCEC accepts applications for Environmental Funding Awards twice a year in March and September. To apply for an Award, organizations should visit https://www.lcec.net/about-lcec/community-and-education/environment to download an application. Questions related to the LCEC Environmental Funding Award program can be sent to pr@lcec.net. This funding award is just one of the many ways that LCEC positively impacts and supports wildlife and the environment.

What to do when an auto accident involves a power line

September 1, 2021 – Auto accidents are extremely scary for all those involved. If you are ever involved in or witness to an accident that involves power lines, it imperative to follow the steps below to potentially save your life or the life of someone in need. LCEC reminds all drivers to:

Remain in your vehicle:
If your car comes in contact with a power pole/line, do NOT leave the car. Your car and the surrounding area of the accident scene could be energized. If you leave the car, you could become the electricity’s path to the ground which could result in serious injury or death from electric shock. It is equally important to not allow bystanders to help as they could be seriously injured or killed.

Call for help:
Call 911 immediately who will then alert the responsible utility. Both will come to your aid ASAP!

Wait for the OK:
Wait for a utility or emergency worker to give you the ok before exiting your vehicle. The only reason to exit your car is if it on fire. If your car is on fire, jump clear of the vehicle with your feet together and hop away with your feet remaining together.

Keep your cool:
Vehicle accidents can be extremely unnerving! Do your best to remain calm and listen to the instructions of the emergency and utility personnel. You remaining calm will help yourself and those working to help you.

For more safety tips, visit lcec.net. Safe driving!

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