Safety & Health

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Modifications that create a safe home

Not every person ­struggling with ­dementia lives in a nursing home or assisted-living facility. In fact, more than 15 ­million Americans – usually family ­members or friends – provide unpaid ­care­giving to people with Alzheimer’s ­disease and other forms of dementia, according to a 2014 report by the Alzheimer’s Association. Although it’s ­wonderful so many […]

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Prepare now for ice and snow outages

In December 2013, a severe ice storm struck the northern United States and southeastern Canada, ­producing freezing rain and snow. CNN reported tens of thousands of customers were without power in the below freezing temperatures, with many without power for at least four days. Two dozen deaths were related to that ice storm. “The Federal […]

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Tips for unwrapping a healthier YOU!

Holidays are traditionally marked by celebration, family and food. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the festivities while keeping a balanced and healthful diet. Party Snacks: ❈ Take control. Before a holiday event, eat a snack or light meal. You will be less likely to fill up on high-calorie foods at the event. […]

Stuff stockings with safety

Are you running out of gift ­giving ideas? As time runs out for ­buying this year’s presents, ­remember there are gifts that could save the life of someone you love. To help you in your last-minute shopping and ­showing a bit of love, we’ve picked our top five gift ideas. They might not create the […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]