Cleveland Sends Safety Warnings

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Tree took out power lines and landed on a car on W. 135 st Cleveland

CLEVELAND — The City of Cleveland on Saturday was still working to identify and eliminate safety hazards brought on by Superstorm Sandy this week.

Officials sent out a few reminders to keep residents informed on the clean up process.

DOWNED WIRES AND TRICK-OR-TREATING

One of the biggest concerns is downed and low-hanging power lines, not to mention outages.

Families are asked *not* to go trick-or-treating because there are potentially dangerous wires strewn through communities.

Children twelve and under are invited to the “Big City Boo” to be held at the city’s rec centers from 6-8 p.m.

  • JFK Recreation Center does not have power so their festivities will be held in conjunction with the Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Ave., Cleveland.
  • Fourth District Police have joined with Zelma George Recreation Center for their Halloween party.

Never touch a wire, even if you think it is not live.  Instead, report it to the utility company or call 911 in an emergency.

*To report an outage or downed wire to FirstEnergy, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)*

*To reach Cleveland Public Power, call (216) 664-3156*

DEBRIS

The Division of Waste will remove debris from privately owned trees on regularly scheduled pick-up days.

The debris must be cut into pieces shorter than 3 feet, must be bundled (no wider than 24 inches in diameter) and should not exceed 100 lbs.

The homeowner is responsible for tree debris that does not meet the guidelines.

WORKERS

When interacting with crews, do not be afraid to request identification, a written estimate or contract and/or call the company if the worker asks to enter your home or business.

Contractors should not ask for full-payment upfront or for personal information like social security numbers or banking information.