Safety & Health


Hunters – be aware of target safety around power equipment

Be aware of what’s behind that big buck, or it might cost big bucks! Across the U.S., ­thousands of ­dollars per year are spent repairing equipment and power lines that have been struck by a stray bullet. Not-for-profit cooperatives, owned by the members, all share in the expense. This doesn’t even include the ­inconvenience, damages and ­hazards to members down ...Read More


Helping others means safety first

Good Samaritans are ­characterized as people who have the desire to help those in need. In addition to the desire to help, ­knowing how best to help in an emergency ­situation can make the dif­ference between life and death. When electricity is involved in an accident, ­knowing the right steps to take could save the victim’s life as well as ...Read More


No signs allowed

Most jobs do not require you to climb 40 feet in the air and conduct business within a few feet of high voltage power lines that carry 7,200 or more volts of electricity. However, for many utility workers, this is just another day at the office. Across the nation there are between 160 to 180 million ­utility poles that provide ...Read More

Tangled power cords and electrical outlet

College dorm room essential: safety

Personalization is a big trend for college dorm rooms and shared housing facilities. College ­furnishings — from bedding and décor to kitchen supplies and electronics — are often reflective of interests and future ­aspirations. One essential for the ­college residence that students might not think of is safety. Don’t assume your college student understands electrical safety before going off to ...Read More

Irrigation systems can be deadly

If you put a quarter mile of pipe on wheels, connect some electric motors, pump water through this ­system and continuously move it around a 130-acre field ­soaking everything in site, you’ve just ­created a potential for someone to get ­elec­trocuted. It happened here in Illinois just a few years ago when two teenagers were killed, and four others were ...Read More


Caught in a storm

The heat on that summer day was almost unbearable. So Steve Wald, his two sons – Jesse and Peter – and their friend, Daniel, hopped on their bikes and headed to the local pool at Crystal Lake Park. Shortly after jumping in the water, the pool closed for a mandatory half hour after thunder was heard. The pool’s policy is ...Read More


Proper pool preparation includes a GFCI

The sweltering heat of summer encourages many to choose to cool off in swimming pools. Although pools can be both refreshing and fun, it is important to make sure all elec­trical safety precautions have been taken before jumping into a pool. Homeowners should make sure that the National Electric Code (NEC) has been followed for wiring and that ground fault ...Read More


Consider safety when planting trees

It has been more than 141 years since the first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska. It has since become a national observance that takes place on the last Friday in April in most states and recognizes the importance of trees as well as tree selection, ­planting and care. A ­properly selected and planted tree can add beauty and energy ­efficiency ...Read More


Modifications that create a safe home

Not every person ­struggling with ­dementia lives in a nursing home or assisted-living facility. In fact, more than 15 ­million Americans – usually family ­members or friends – provide unpaid ­care­giving to people with Alzheimer’s ­disease and other forms of dementia, according to a 2014 report by the Alzheimer’s Association. Although it’s ­wonderful so many are willing to assume that ...Read More


Prepare now for ice and snow outages

In December 2013, a severe ice storm struck the northern United States and southeastern Canada, ­producing freezing rain and snow. CNN reported tens of thousands of customers were without power in the below freezing temperatures, with many without power for at least four days. Two dozen deaths were related to that ice storm. “The Federal Emergency Management Association says that ...Read More