Safety & Health

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]