Safety & Health

Electrical safety all a matter of awareness

When Indiana ­teenagers Lee Whittaker and Ashley Taylor saw an electric co-op-­sponsored power line safety demon­stration at their high school, they never expected to ­actually put their new knowledge to the test. But less than a week later, the two ­experienced a close call with a downed power line. “I could have lost my life […]

The preparation and the heroes that help keep us safe

Severe thunderstorms, ­tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes can cause devas­tation to lives, homes, ­businesses, and communities. On top of which, these storms can cause the power to go out for extended periods of time. Being prepared for a severe storm and ­knowing what to do in its aftermath can mean the difference between ­survival and a […]

Jump into action

Growing up with a stay at home dad, I learned a lot of skills most girls do not learn from their fathers. He taught me how to ride a bike and how to read, how to do laundry, put a ­hammer to a nail, cut ­firewood, and the value of hard work. You could say […]

Beat the extreme heat during power outages

A summer storm can mean power ­outages during high ­temperatures, ­creating safety issues related to ­keeping cool. Take steps to be ­prepared for a prolonged ­outage ­during summer heat and know how to weather it safely. To get power restored as soon as ­possible, call your electric ­cooperative to report the outage. “High winds and […]

Professional contractor and electrical accident survivor shares message on safe digging

When rushed for time, many of us have cut corners when it comes to safety—whether it be driving too fast or hurriedly trying to finish weekend chores and projects around the home. It could even involve taking a chance with electricity when we know it’s not a smart move. “You may get by with it […]

Thunderstorm safety tips from the American Red Cross

When thunderstorms are rolling your way, stay safe with these helpful tips from the American Red Cross: Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, ­lightning flashes or increasing wind. Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by […]

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Stay alert: spring weather warning

Spring weather can change quickly and bring volatile storms with tornadoes, heavy rains, high winds, and lightning. To be prepared and stay ahead of the danger, it is important to check weather forecasts and stay up-to-date on weather conditions. One way to do so is through handheld devices and the weather resources that they provide. […]

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Safety tips for home buyers

From choosing a realtor and touring potential homes, to applying for a mortgage and signing many documents, buying a home can be a nerve-racking experience whether you are looking to buy your first or tenth home. The Safe Electricity program wants to help make the process a little less stressful and is sharing tips for […]

Reduce the risk of electrical fires with AFCIs

December, January, and February are the leading months for home fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). One of the causes of these fires is electrical malfunctions. This month I’d like to share Safe Electricity ­program’s information on the warning signs of an electrical problem in your home and how […]

Empower yourself when the lights go off

High winds and winter storms can unfortunately cause power outages. With colder temperatures during the winter months, preparation is important in being able to stay safe and warm should the electricity go out. Safe Electricity shares tips to help you prepare for winter power outages. If power lines go down because of a winter storm, […]