Safety & Health

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Caring for your home’s electrical system as it ages

To help prevent injury and illness there are things we know we have to do to care for ourselves—especially as we get older. Our homes also have to be maintained to stay in good shape, and an important part of that maintenance includes a home’s electrical system. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2011 an estimated 47,700 ...Read More

Since generators come in a variety of sizes, capacities, and power sources, begin by reading and following all manufacturer instructions.

Don’t get left out in the cold

Winter storms can bring ­chilling winds, ice and snow - and cause power outages. Already this winter an ice storm hammered Oklahoma electric cooperative members leaving many in the dark for days. Generators can help keep the electricity on until power can be restored. However, those who use ­generators must be mindful of risks such as electric shock and toxic ...Read More

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How to weather winter storms safely

Winter storms can bring bitterly cold temperatures, high winds and even ice and snow. Such weather can cause hazardous road conditions, downed power lines and extended power outages. Safe Electricity shares tips on preparing for, and safely weathering, winter storms. Before a storm ever begins, tune into your local weather service for the weather forecast. It is important to know ...Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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