The installation of the District’s new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system is approximately 70% complete. As of December 12, 2016, the District has exchanged 12,983 meters. With 5,966 meters left to exchange, the District is on track to complete the project as scheduled in 2017.
If you have questions or you want to know more about the new AMI meters, you may contact Norris Public Power District by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may also call the office at 1-800-858-4707.
Don’t let the bright and colorful sparkle of the season distract you from taking the precautions that you need to stay safe when decorating. Norris Public Power District provides tips on safe holiday decorating.
If you are decorating an artificial tree, make sure you choose one with fire resistance protection. With a real tree, make sure that the needles are green and sturdy with a trunk that is sticky with resin. These are indicators that your tree is well-hydrated. Keep your tree stand filled with water so that the tree does not become overly dry and present a fire hazard.
Any lights that are hung either inside or outside of the home should have a label indicating that they have been certified by an accredited independent testing laboratory.
Also make sure the lights are rated for the location in which they will be used, whether indoors or outdoors. Before hanging your lights, check the strands for broken bulbs as well as fraying or bare wires that could present electrical hazards. Always replace damaged products.
Typically, one extension cord should only have three strands of lights connected to it at most, but you should also check that the extension cord is rated for its intended use. Never run extension cords under carpets, through doorways or where they could be damaged by furniture.
When decorating outside, always be sure to look up and double check that you and any equipment, such as a ladder or a light strand, are a minimum ten feet away from overhead power lines. When securing light strands, never staple or nail them into place, as this could damage the product.
Outdoor lights and decorations should be plugged into an outlet with ground fault circuit interrupter protection. GFCIs are inexpensive electrical devices that can be installed in a home’s electrical system or built into a power cord to protect against electrical shock. A GFCI constantly monitors the flow of electricity through a circuit and will shut the circuit down if it senses a ground fault.
Be sure to turn off all lights before leaving the home or going to sleep. A timer can help you do this.
Norris Public Power District hopes your season will be merry, bright and safe.