Safety & Health

Tick-borne Encephalitis

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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DANGER! Outlet overload

Every year, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated 25,900 home electrical fires. These fires cause an estimated 280 deaths, 1,125 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss. Thirty-nine percent of home electrical fires involve outlets and receptacles, and other electrical wiring. To ensure safety, you should only use about 80 percent of the available […]

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Stay afloat with flood safety tips

If you live in a high risk area, familiarize yourself with your ­community-specific ­evacuation plans, shelter areas and warning ­signals. Flooding is not only one of the most frequent weather-related ­natural disasters, but it can also occur in any U.S. state or territory. Its causes include heavy rains, snow melt, rising river levels and storm […]

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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), […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]