Safety & Health

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Tips for unwrapping a healthier YOU!

Holidays are traditionally marked by celebration, family and food. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the festivities while keeping a balanced and healthful diet. Party Snacks: ❈ Take control. Before a holiday event, eat a snack or light meal. You will be less likely to fill up on high-calorie foods at the event. Fasting before an event may ...Read More

Stuff stockings with safety

Are you running out of gift ­giving ideas? As time runs out for ­buying this year’s presents, ­remember there are gifts that could save the life of someone you love. To help you in your last-minute shopping and ­showing a bit of love, we’ve picked our top five gift ideas. They might not create the excitement of an iPad or ...Read More