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Lights and safety: Two things that make the season bright

PINEVILLE, LA., Nov. 27, 2012- It is time to pull boxes from the attic, untangle lights and decorate trees. As you hang lights and prepare for the season, Cleco reminds you to keep safety at the top of your list.

“Lights help make the season; however, we urge you to use caution as you decorate inside and outside of your home,” said Shirley Turner, general manager of customer experience management. “Watch for overhead power lines as you use ladders to put up outdoor lights. Also, make sure you use lights rated for outdoor use. Wrap electrical connections to protect from rain and dampness and keep the connections off of the ground.”

Turner added, “Make sure all light sockets have lights to avoid shock, and inspect light cords for fraying. Also, never replace bulbs and fuses unless the light strand is unplugged.”

Cleco recommends limiting the number of light strings to three or less when using an extension cord and never running extension cords under rugs or attaching to the walls with staples or nails.

 

“One of the most important safety reminders we can offer is to unplug all lights when you are away from home,” said Turner. “Also, this is a good time to check the batteries in smoke detectors just as a precaution.”

In addition to safety, Cleco tells everyone that decorating doesn’t have to be expensive. “Light emitting diode or LED lights generate less heat and use 80 percent to 90 percent less energy,” said Turner. “In addition, putting lights on a timer can reduce energy use.”

For more information on electrical holiday safety, visit cleco.com

 

Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La.  Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,524 megawatts and serves approximately 281,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale power contracts.  Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which owns two natural gas-fired generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 775 megawatts.  For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.

 

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Media Contact:

Robbyn Cooper
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