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Have a safe spring

As the snow and ice melt away, many homeowners take to the outdoors to tackle projects ­including cleaning out gutters, trimming trees, mending fence and digging in the yard. Regardless of your to-do list of outdoor projects, electrical safety needs to be a high priority. Safe Electricity urges homeowners to take a few minutes before […]

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Safety from the storm

This winter has been horrible and I hope you and your ­family remained warm and safe during the snow storms. We’re not through with winter yet, so review last month’s column for tips on surviving power outages. Soon we’ll be enjoying warm, sunny spring weather, but no matter how long good weather lasts, storm clouds […]

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Damage control after the storm

In mid-November our state was hit by EF3 tornados that swept across 15 counties and federal disaster assistance was approved for Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford counties. At Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Director of Communications Jerri Schaefer said, “The tornado destroyed 29 homes on […]

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This improperly wired overhead lamp switch reveals a potential home danger. Electrical code requires wire nuts for connections, but these ­connections have been taped. The wires could become exposed and touch the lamp’s metal base, resulting in electrical shock. 
Source: Underwriters Laboratories

Home wiring health check

Electric capacity is a major concern with older wiring systems. Homeowners in the 1930s didn’t use a lot of elec­trical appliances, except for a refrigerator, a few lights, and a radio. An explosion of appliance purchases followed in the late 1940s and early ’50s. But the arrival of air ­conditioning during the 1960s soon rendered […]

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A shattered utility pole remains atop the damaged pickup truck with de-energized lines still attached.

Drivers share life saving experience

On Sat. April 27, 2013, at 3:30 p.m., Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative linemen Bill Hart and Curt Nichelson responded to a report of a pole being hit and electric lines on the ground near Litchfield, Ill. When they arrived, they found a broken transmission pole and a pickup that had been energized. Fortunately, Mathew Emery, […]

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