Safety & Health

Safely operating your portable generator

In the case of an ­emergency, a generator can be invaluable. When you have lost power, it can ­provide the electricity you need to keep your home warm and power your ­appliances. However, if not used ­properly, it may ­present serious ­hazards, ­including electric shocks, ­carbon ­monoxide ­poisoning, and fire. Safe Electricity ­provides tips to […]

A recipe for safety and a happy ending

Let’s face it, safety ­education is kind of ­boring. But every once in a while it might just save a life. That is when it becomes real and isn’t ­boring at all. Carla Bradbury, ­service representative for Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative, Mattoon, Ill., didn’t know it but the safety meeting she sat through the previous week […]

Don’t sacrifice safety for speed during harvest

For many farmers, the ­harvest season is a flurry of activity with long hours and little rest. The pressure to ­harvest as much as ­possible — in ­combination with fatigue and ­looming deadlines — can result in too little attention being paid to potential hazards. Safe practices should never be ­compromised for the sake of […]

CPR – do you know what to do when it really matters?

Nicholas Reckmeyer had his first experience with cardio­pulmonary resus­citation (CPR) as a child when he was saved from drowning in a neighbor­hood pool. Thirty-three years later, the co-op lineman saved a life with CPR. Reckmeyer, 35, a Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative journeyman line technician, was driving through Springfield, Va., with his family on June 17, […]

How to survive a car accident

The first rule of accident survival is don’t have one. At the very least, know how to minimize the chances of one and, if you have one, know how to survive. Safety Education Officer Trooper Sean T. Ramsey has taught many of the state’s electric ­cooperative ­employees. Ramsey says there are four primary reasons for fatal […]

Avoid hazards with grain bins and power lines

Electrical power is an indis­pensable part of modern agricultural operations. In fact, electricity is such a commonplace part of a farm ­operation that it can all too easily become a part of the scenery and its hazards overlooked. One often overlooked safety consideration is the power line clearance required for grain bins. Safe Electricity provides […]

Targeting ticks to prevent Lyme disease

It is tick time in Illinois. From early spring until late fall, deer ticks can be found in grassy and wooded areas. The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that more than 50 percent of the ­counties in the United States have ticks that carry Lyme disease. This little insect can carry many ­bacteria ­including […]

Don’t forget safety when considering the addition of solar

If you are considering ­adding solar to your home or business, the Energy Education Council and its Safe Electricity program ­encourage you to first do a thorough assessment so that you can make an informed ­decision based on goals, energy needs and safety. The cost of solar installations has decreased in the last 10 years. […]

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 […]

Knowing what to do saved their lives

When teenagers Lee Whittaker and Ashley Taylor saw a power line safety demonstration at their high school, they never dreamed what they had learned that day would be put to test. Only days later, Whittaker and Taylor, along with two classmates, were in a car that crashed into a utility pole, bringing live power lines […]