Safety & Health

Only you can prevent home fires

A home should be a place of comfort and safety. Safe Electricity encourages you to take care of your home to make sure it stays that way, especially when it comes to electricity. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 47,700 home structure fires reported in the U.S. in 2011 were due to electrical failure or malfunction, ...Read More

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Don’t rely on luck to stay safe

In April 2013, a Kansas school bus filled with children was driving down the road when it hit a slick spot and collided into a utility pole. With fallen power lines on and around the bus, the driver made the risky decision to ­evacuate the children. Luckily, the power lines were not energized.In 2009, two Indiana teenagers, Ashley Taylor and ...Read More

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September Is National Preparedness Month

Mother Nature can be a ­dangerous foe and flatten an entire neighborhood in a matter of minutes. While we can hope for the best when it comes to the weather, Illinois’ electric co-op linemen are ready. Are you prepared for the worst?September is National Preparedness Month and Safe Electricity and the electric co-ops of Illinois want you to be prepared ...Read More

Grounding is basic to safe electrical systems

Each year, household wiring and lighting cause an estimated ­average of 32,000 home fires. On ­average, these fires result in 950 ­injuries, 220 deaths and nearly $674 million in property ­damage, ­according to the National Fire Protection Association.If you have an older home, you may have tried to plug in an electronic device or appliance, only to find you have ...Read More

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Leave tree trimming to the experts

When you are outside enjoying the warm weather and walking through your yard, you will probably be doing the same thing that a lot of others do, admiring the beauty that nature has to offer. Each year I can’t wait for winter to be over! When spring finally arrives, I enjoy watching all the plants and trees in my yard ...Read More

How to safely use herbicides and pesticides

As a boy, I had the wonderful opportunity to grow up around a farm. I got to help plant, cultivate, grow and harvest crops, raise and work cattle, and get up way before the sun did to milk dairy cows on a Holstein dairy farm. Back in the day of the small square bales, I think I hauled enough to cross ...Read More

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Have a safe spring

As the snow and ice melt away, many homeowners take to the outdoors to tackle projects ­including cleaning out gutters, trimming trees, mending fence and digging in the yard. Regardless of your to-do list of outdoor projects, electrical safety needs to be a high priority. Safe Electricity urges homeowners to take a few minutes before a project to prepare for ...Read More

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Safety from the storm

This winter has been horrible and I hope you and your ­family remained warm and safe during the snow storms. We’re not through with winter yet, so review last month’s column for tips on surviving power outages. Soon we’ll be enjoying warm, sunny spring weather, but no matter how long good weather lasts, storm clouds will roll in sooner or ...Read More

Tips on surviving power outages

Power outages are at the very least inconvenient disruptions to our lives. While your electric co-op does everything it can to reduce the possibility of an outage to your home or business, they do occur. This time of year we worry about ice and snow storm outages, but there are a ­variety of reasons outages can occur, including:• Wind breaking ...Read More

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Damage control after the storm

In mid-November our state was hit by EF3 tornados that swept across 15 counties and federal disaster assistance was approved for Champaign, Douglas, Fayette, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford counties. At Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Director of Communications Jerri Schaefer said, “The tornado destroyed 29 homes on Unionville Road near Brookport, Ill., ...Read More