Cleco offers electrical safety tips to keep customers safe this spring

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PINEVILLE, La. – April 14, 2021 – As the weather becomes warmer, many will be spending more time outdoors.  Whether doing yard work, planting trees, painting the trim on homes, flying a kite or spring cleaning, Cleco encourages customers to be aware of their surroundings and stay away from overhead and buried power lines.

“The arrival of spring is a good time to check the electrical safety of homes and businesses, inside and out,” said John Melancon, Cleco director of corporate safety.  “As we start to tackle indoor and outdoor projects, Cleco wants to remind everyone of the hazards associated with electricity.  Being aware of potentially dangerous situations will help keep all of us safe year-round.”

Cleco offers the following electrical safety tips:

  • Change the batteries in smoke detectors.
  • Call 811 before digging to ensure no contact is made with buried power lines.
  • Keep power cords and electrical equipment away from wet areas.
  • Ladders that come into contact with a power line can be fatal.  Keep all ladders at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • Keep an eye on children playing outdoors.  Don’t climb trees near power lines.  When flying kites, be sure to fly them in open areas and away from power lines.  Electricity can travel down the string of a kite and cause injuries.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and any object they are touching.
  • Power lines may be hidden by foliage.  Contact Cleco at 1-800-622-6537 with concerns about tree limbs growing into overhead power lines on property.

For more safety tips and updates, follow Cleco on Facebook at @ClecoPower.

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy holding company that conducts its business operations through its subsidiaries, Cleco Power LLC and Cleco Cajun LLC. Cleco Power is a regulated electric public utility company that owns 10 generating units with a rated capacity of 3,360 MWs and serves approximately 290,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Cleco Cajun is an unregulated utility company that owns 14 generating units with a rated capacity of 3,379 MWs, and wholesale contracts serving nine Louisiana cooperatives, three wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.  For more information about Cleco, visit us at www.cleco.com

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