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CEI OFFERS TIPS TO WEATHER THE WINTER CHILL

 CLEVELAND, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- As Northeast Ohio braces itself for yet another winter cold spell, the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company (CEI) offers the following suggestions to keep customers warm and safe -- and help them control costs.
 "Electric space heaters can be a cost-effective way to provide supplemental room heating," says Anthony Lockhart, CEI's director of marketing. "These units allow users to lower the temperature of the central heating system, while providing added warmth and comfort in most often-occupied areas, such as the family room or bedroom."
 CEI is currently offering $5 rebates for the purchase of electric space heaters. Rebate coupons are offered at 100 local participating retail stores.
 Lockhart urges customers to follow these basic precautions to assure the safe and efficient operation of space heaters:
 -- Look for models that won't tip over easily, and make sure the
 protective grill on the front of the unit will keep children's
 fingers from reaching the fan or heating elements.
 -- Look for heaters with an automatic shutoff switch which turns the
 heater off if it is tipped over. Most modern units are equipped
 with these switches.
 -- Purchase only equipment that has been approved by the
 Underwriters Laboratories.
 -- Always monitor activities of children and pets when a space
 heater is being used.
 -- Never leave a heating unit unattended.
 -- Don't place combustible materials or flammable liquids near a
 heater.
 -- Check the electric heater periodically for frayed or split wires.
 For more information about the space heater rebate program, customers can contact CEI's Residential Marketing Department at 1-800-589-2222. Customers can also read more about electric space heaters in this month's issue of the Electric Connections newsletter included with their statement.
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 /CONTACT: Irene Prezelj of CEI, 216-479-4906, or after hours, 216-623-1060/


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