Safety & Health

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Stay alert: spring weather warning

Spring weather can change quickly and bring volatile storms with tornadoes, heavy rains, high winds, and lightning. To be prepared and stay ahead of the danger, it is important to check weather forecasts and stay up-to-date on weather conditions. One way to do so is through handheld devices and the weather resources that they provide. […]

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Safety tips for home buyers

From choosing a realtor and touring potential homes, to applying for a mortgage and signing many documents, buying a home can be a nerve-racking experience whether you are looking to buy your first or tenth home. The Safe Electricity program wants to help make the process a little less stressful and is sharing tips for […]

Reduce the risk of electrical fires with AFCIs

December, January, and February are the leading months for home fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). One of the causes of these fires is electrical malfunctions. This month I’d like to share Safe Electricity ­program’s information on the warning signs of an electrical problem in your home and how […]

Empower yourself when the lights go off

High winds and winter storms can unfortunately cause power outages. With colder temperatures during the winter months, preparation is important in being able to stay safe and warm should the electricity go out. Safe Electricity shares tips to help you prepare for winter power outages. If power lines go down because of a winter storm, […]

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 […]