November 2017

Welcome to Geneseo's monthly e-newsletter.
Identity Theft Prevention Tips
  • To guard against identity theft, never give out your Social Security number. Treat it as confidential information.
  • Commit all passwords to memory. Never write them down or carry them with you.
  • When using an ATM machine, make sure no one is hovering over you and can see you enter your password.
  • When participating in an online auction, try to pay the seller directly with a credit card so you can dispute the charges if the merchandise does not arrive or was misrepresented. If possible, avoid paying by check or money order.
  • Adopt an attitude of healthy skepticism toward websites that offer prizes or giveaways. Chances are, all that's been "won" is the opportunity to buy something you didn't want in the first place.
  • Choose a commercial online service that offers parental control features.
  • Tell your children never to give out their address telephone number password school name or any other personal information.
  • Make sure your children know to never agree to meet face-to-face with someone they've met online without discussing it with you. Only if you decide that it's okay to meet their "cyber-friend" should they arrange to meet this person, and then the meeting should be in a familiar public place in the presence of a trusted adult.
  • Tell your children never to respond to messages that have bad words, are scary, or just seem weird.
  • Tell your children never to enter an area that charges for services without asking you first.
  • Tell children never send a picture of themselves to anyone without your permission.
  • Make sure that access to the Internet at your children's school is monitored by adults.

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The Safety Sentinel- IMUA and SafeElectricity.org

Electricity can seem like magic for children. With the flip of a switch, the home is flooded in light or an appliance jumps to life. Curious kids need to understand that what they cannot readily see can pose the risk of an accident if they are not careful and safe.  
The Academy of Pediatrics says 86% of reported home electrical injuries happen to children between the ages of one and four, so indoor safety is just as important as outdoor safety. Start by modeling safe behavior, and taking time to explain hazards and how children can stay safe.
The Academy says the largest number of electrical injuries involve outlets, extension cords, and small appliances. Review carefully these indoor electrical safety tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Install outlet covers or tamper resistant outlets. Demonstrate the correct way to insert and remove an electrical plug from an outlet. Ensure kids know to pull from the plug, not the cord.
  • Extension cords can be an electrical fire and trip hazard. Route your cords out of high-traffic areas and behind furniture. Unplug extension cords and chargers that are not in use. Remember, extension cords are for temporary use. If you consistently need extension cords in a particular area, have a professional install new receptacles so you can do away with cords.
  • Teach children that biting an electrical cord is dangerous, as well as touching damaged cords and electronics, and those with visible wires. Use ground-fault (GFCI) safety outlets and cords when possible.
  • Always store your appliances and electronics out of reach of little hands.Instruct children not to use common appliances such as toasters and microwaves without assistance. Make sure they know inserting a metal object into the slots of the toaster or microwaving a metal plate on high could endanger your entire family.
  • Tell kids that electricity and water are a deadly combination. Keep all appliances stored far from sinks, bathtubs, and other water sources. Install ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for extra protection near spaces that may become wet.
  • Reduce risks for your family by using the highest possible quality for your electronics. Ensure electronics and extension cords have been tested by a certified testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories. Look for the safety label.
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Holiday Lighting Contest

Decorate the outside of your home in the holiday spirit! 4 Winners will receive a credit on their Geneseo electric bill. Judging will be held December 6 - 9. Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 9 at 5:45 p.m. at the lighting of the Christmas tree, downtown Geneseo in front of the museum on the boulevard. All entries must be received by Monday, December 4 at 4 p.m.
1st Place - $250 ~ 2nd Place $150
3rd Place $100 ~ 4th Place $50

To fill out the form for the contest click here and return to
Geneseo City Hall, 115 S. Oakwood Ave., Geneseo, IL 61254
Email your entry to- lkotter@cityofgeneseo.com
-or- citygeneseo@cityofgeneseo.com

Questions? Call 944-6419.

Christmas Walk

The event kicks off with its popular Geneseo Jingle Run Dec. 9th at 8:30 a.m. This 5k event is only $20 and includes a commemorative t-shirt with pre-registration. Everyone will enjoy shopping throughout the day in downtown Geneseo. Gentlemen, take a load off at one of the local breweries or pubs while the ladies shop, shop, and shop some more! Children's activities fill the afternoon with special crafts, face painting, writing letters to Santa, making reindeer food, and much more. Children's choirs will also be featured at various times throughout the afternoon.
As the sun goes down the night heats up with the Walk's ever-growing lighted parade at 5 p.m. People line the streets as music and twinkling lights fill the evening air. Numerous floats, marching musicians, and animals parade southward down State Street into the downtown district. After the parade, visitors can turn their gaze to the business-front windows. Both living and still scenes will celebrate the Season.

 
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Yard Waste Pick Up

Don't forget that t he last day for yellow top yard waste toter pick up with Republic is Monday, December 11 or Tuesday, December 12. 
If you are interested in starting Online Bill Pay for your utility bills, click here https://www.xpressbillpay.com/#/
If you have any questions, comments, or ideas for future newsletters please feel free to contact us by phone (309) 944-6419
or email us at citygeneseo@cityofgeneseo.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!

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