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Cleco reminds everyone to be safe this spring

PINEVILLE, La., March 23, 2015 – Spring is in the air, and this means perf ect weather for flying kites, planting trees and starting outdoor projects. Whether you are working or playing outside, Cleco reminds everyone to be aware of overhead and underground power lines this spring.

“As the days become warmer and people begin spending more time outside, we want to remind customers about the dangers of exposed and buried power lines,” said Mike Joseph, Cleco’s risk manager. “Always avoid flying kites around power lines to prevent them from becoming tangled in overhead lines. When trimming trees or climbing ladders, be sure and stay clear of overhead power lines.”

Cleco urges customers to be aware of underground electric power lines. Customers should call Louisiana One Call at 811 at least two days before doing work that requires digging.

“Louisiana One Call is a free service that will identify buried electric power lines and gas pipelines,” said Joseph. “Making the call can help protect you from a dangerous situation and eliminate a potential service interruption. In addition to being aware of the location of overhead and underground power lines, make sure that all of your electric equipment is working safely and is properly maintained before using.”

Customers should check cords on electric tools and equipment for fraying. Always use electric equipment in dry places to prevent electrical shock caused from water.

For more outdoor safety tips, visit www.Cleco.com.

Cleco Corporation is a public utility holding company headquartered in Pineville, La. Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which is engaged principally in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity, primarily in Louisiana. Cleco Power owns 11 generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,340 megawatts. Cleco Power serves approximately 286,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business, and it supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Cleco Corporation announced on Oct. 20, 2014, that it entered into an agreement to be acquired by a North American investor group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and by British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. Regulatory approvals for the transaction are pending. For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.

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Media Contact: 
Robbyn Cooper
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