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News for members of Coast Electric Power Association

4 Smith Countian’s dream of log cabin living

14 Southern dishes

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18 Find something fun to do in Mississippi Events

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May 2018

Communicators: April Lollar and Merilee Sands For Today in Mississippi information, call 877-7MY-CEPA (877-769-2372)

Where our members have the power CEO’s message

Safety is our top priority Safety is mentioned often and is a serious issue, especially when it comes to electrical safety. For Coast Electric, it’s the number one priority. Over time, Coast Electric has created a culture of safety by putting our employees’ safety and that of the community above all else. At its essence, Coast Electric’s mission is to provide safe, affordable and reliable electricity to its memberowners. At the end of the day, we want to return our workers home safely to their loved ones. To do this requires ongoing focus, dedication and vigilance.

Following leading national safety standards Coast Electric has a safety team whose focus is keeping employees and the community safe around electricity. We established and follow safety protocols based on leading national safety practices for the utility industry. We require our lineworkers to wear specialized equipment when working next to or with power lines. There are specific protocols that our lineworkers follow when dealing with electricity. Our safety team has regular meetings where they discuss upcoming projects from a safety perspective. We also encourage our crews to speak up and hold each other accountable for safety. By cultivating a culture of openness and transparency, we promote problemsolving.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Member Appreciation Day

Keeping the community safe Because we live and work in the community we serve, we care about our neighbors. Coast Electric conducts electrical safety demonstrations in schools and for community events. May is National Electrical Safety Month. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, each year thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted because of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes. Many of these accidents are preventable. There is much you can do to keep yourself and your community safe around electricity. Ron Barnes • Don’t attempt electrical DIY President and CEO projects or overload your outlets. • Report downed power lines, unlocked substations or padmount transformers that look amiss. • Contact Coast Electric for additional electrical safety tips or to ask us about providing a safety demonstration at your school or community event. • Be mindful when it comes to electrical safety. • Pause and take the extra time to plug into safety.


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calendars for the 4th annual Glow Run

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Coast Electric offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. We hope you will all use this day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Crews will be on call throughout the holiday weekend and dispatchers will be on duty.

If you experience an outage, please use our free CE on the Go mobile app for instantaneous outage reporting or call us at 877-769-2372.

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Appreciation Day

Cooperatives are different from other businesses. Coast Electric is a not-for-profit business that is owned and led by those we serve. As someone who receives service from Coast Electric, you are a member and owner of the cooperative. For the co-op to function effectively, it takes everyone doing their part – employees, board members and you – to work toward a common goal. Although the tasks in each department may differ, the goal is the same – to provide superior service to the people of south Mississippi. Keeping our employees and members safe is the most important thing we do every day. “Our Safety Department works to make sure Coast Electric employees have continual train-

ing on the best ways to work safely and keep our members safe,”said Vice President of Safety and Compliance Vice President of Safety and Compliance Archie Dickens leads Coast Electric’s safety Archie team and works to make sure safety is the top Dickens. priority for every employee. Safety Department employees promote a culture of safety at our cooperative for everyone from line workers to office personnel.


Learn how you can reduce your energy use and save at our energy fairs! May 3 Poplarville & Picayune June 1 Gulfport & Biloxi

All energy fairs will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

We hope to see you there!

When winds and lightening knock out your power, you support the men and women who face the storm to restore your service. When it’s time for you to vote on your co-op leaders at our Annual Meeting, you come and participate in the election process. When we ask for your assistance in helping others in need, you answer the call. For these and so many other reasons, we want to let you know how much we appreciate you. At Coast Electric, you are more than just a customer – you are a member of our co-op. Your participation in our business helps ensure we are meeting our mission of providing safe, reliable, affordable electricity and improving the quality of life in the communities we serve. Join us at any Coast Electric office on Friday, May 25 for Member Appreciation Day! We will have refreshments and giveaways as a small token of our thanks to you. *Refreshments and giveaways available while supplies last.

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Electric cooperatives remind members to plug into safety In May, electric cooperatives across the country promote safety awareness to coincide with National Electrical Safety Month. Every year, thousands of accidents occur due to shock hazards, and Coast Electric Power Association, a not-for-profit electric utility, is committed to educating the public about potential electrical dangers in the home. In 2016, 475,500 structure fires (including residential fires) were reported in the U.S., causing 2,950 deaths, 12,775 injuries and $7.9 billion in property damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a

residential fire was reported every 90 seconds. Many home fires occur when electrical equipment is outdated or improperly used. “It is critical that the public understands their home’s electrical system and the safety concerns associated with the latest residential technologies before bringing them into their homes,” explains Coast Electric President and CEO Ron Barnes. “With newer technologies, such as solar panels, electric vehicles and more electrical gadgets in the home, people need to ensure they have an electrical system that’s compatible with the increased load.” Through electrical safety awareness and education, we can all play a part in preventing electrical hazards and injuries in the future. Together, let’s plug into safety this May.


Tip of the Month

Laundry Tip: Use rubber or wool dryer balls, which help separate clothing in the cycle, providing better airflow and a shorter drying time. Wool dryer balls can help absorb moisture, which also reduces drying time. Source:

May is National Electrical Safety Month This month, we encourage all members to take extra time to plug into safety.



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When is the last time you cleaned your water heater? Your water heater most likely will last for 15 years. A little attention a couple of times a year can keep it humming along the whole time. Every few months, drain about a quarter of the water from the tank. That removes any sediment and debris that has found its way to the bottom of the tank. It also will quiet the unit down so it doesn’t make as much noise when it runs. To do that, turn off the water, and connect a garden hose to the tank’s drain value. Run the water into a bucket until the water turns from cloudy to clear. Also: Move boxes, tools or whatever you store near the water tank so they’re at least two feet away from it. It’s a good idea to give the tank “breathing room.” Lower the heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees. That will reduce the risk that someone in your family will get scalded in the shower.

Annual air conditioner maintenance time is here Every spring, before the weather gets too warm, call a qualified service technician to inspect and tune-up your air conditioning unit. During this annual maintenance visit, the tech will be able to tell you if your AC will make it through the summer or if it needs some repairs. If the unit is old, the service technician might recommend that you replace it. In addition, you can do two things on your own to make sure your AC stays in good working order: 1. Clean or replace the air conditioner filter. If you have a reusable filter, wash it and dry it every month during the summer. If you have a disposable filter, replace it. A dirty filter can get clogged with dust and dirt, and that can restrict the air flow. That will make your system work extra-hard to cool your house, which wastes energy and can drive up your electric bill. Plus, a dirty filter can push dust back into the home, which makes the air less healthy, especially if someone in your family has allergies or asthma. 2. Keep the area around the outside of the air conditioner unit clean. Remove dirt, grass and any debris that has collected around it so those things don’t restrict its air flow. Trim shrubs away so they don’t touch it. You also should rinse your unit every now and then—but shut off the power to the unit first. A tip: Never use a power washer to clean the outdoor unit.

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Fourth Annual Glow Run set for June 23 Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 23, for Coast Electric’s fourth annual Glow Run! This exciting event features a one-mile fun run and a 5K for adults and children alike. Last year, runners raised thousands of dollars for the 4TH ANNUAL

American Cancer Society. We thank each and every one of our participants and can’t wait to host even more runners this year. This race is a ton of fun featuring:       

A race course on the beautiful beaches of Hancock County Professional timing services provided by Diva Timing Online registration Discount codes announced on the Glow Run Facebook page Fun with your fellow runners at The Blind Tiger Glow accessories so you can light up the night And so much more!

Visit our Coast Electric Ready, Set, Glow 5K page on Facebook.

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Your guide


Electrical Water Safety

Add electrical safety to your water safety checklist.

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Be safe around piers and docks. Never use household extension cords near water. And if you see someone being shocked in the water, turn the power off, throw a life ring and call 911.



Today in Mississippi May 2018 Coast  

Today in Mississippi May 2018 Coast

Today in Mississippi May 2018 Coast  

Today in Mississippi May 2018 Coast