Safety & Health


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

Have you checked every bulb?

It’s that time of year again. When we will start out with the hope of making this holiday season the best it has ever been! In my house I know the time has come when my wife starts hounding me to start pulling the multiple tubs of decorations from the attic, closet, and every other nook and cranny we have ...Read More


Experience is a great learning tool

As a kid growing up I remember things being much different than today. And, as I get older, I ­realize that I sound much more like my ­parents used too. I can remember ­saying to myself, I will never be like that. I think that each generation has the same goal in mind though - to live a happy successful life and ...Read More


The fire that almost destroyed Chicago

October is National Fire Prevention Month. Its origin goes back to October of 1871 and the Great Chicago Fire. On Sunday, October 8, 1871 just after nine o’clock in the evening, a fire broke out in the barn behind the home of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary on the west side of Chicago. The O’Leary milk cow kicking over a lantern ...Read More

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Close encounters with electricity can be prevented

Before Paige Koeppel had a close encounter with electricity, she never gave it a second thought. She is now a college student with a bright future and is sharing her experience to help educate others. When Paige was 12 years old, she was drawing a bath and grabbed the metal towel rack to steady ­herself. Paige’s parents found her on ...Read More

This improperly wired overhead lamp switch reveals a potential home danger. Electrical code requires wire nuts for connections, but these ­connections have been taped. The wires could become exposed and touch the lamp’s metal base, resulting in electrical shock. 
Source: Underwriters Laboratories

Home wiring health check

Electric capacity is a major concern with older wiring systems. Homeowners in the 1930s didn’t use a lot of elec­trical appliances, except for a refrigerator, a few lights, and a radio. An explosion of appliance purchases followed in the late 1940s and early ’50s. But the arrival of air ­conditioning during the 1960s soon rendered many mid-century home elec­trical systems ...Read More

A shattered utility pole remains atop the damaged pickup truck with de-energized lines still attached.

Drivers share life saving experience

On Sat. April 27, 2013, at 3:30 p.m., Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative linemen Bill Hart and Curt Nichelson responded to a report of a pole being hit and electric lines on the ground near Litchfield, Ill. When they arrived, they found a broken transmission pole and a pickup that had been energized. Fortunately, Mathew Emery, the driver, didn’t panic and ...Read More

A boating accident you never thought about

July 2012 saw some horrific fatal accidents near boats and boat docks. A 26-year-old woman was swimming with family in the Lake of the Ozarks and was electrocuted when she touched an energized dock ladder. Also at Lake of the Ozarks, a 13-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother received fatal electrical shocks while swimming near a private dock; officials cited ...Read More


Quick as lightning

According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes the United States 25 million times every year, and every strike is a potential killer. Thirty-seven people die each year, and almost a dozen are killed indirectly through fires started by a lightning strike. To keep your family safe, it is important to know what actions to take during a ­thunderstorm. There ...Read More


Don’t create a hazard for the future

A properly selected and planted tree can add beauty, value and energy efficiency to your ­landscape. On the other hand, a poorly selected and planted tree can become high ­maintenance, expensive, dan­gerous and short-lived. The Energy Education Council has advice to help you select the tree that is best for your yard. Spring is a good time for tree planting. ...Read More