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Are you ready to save a life?

Each year the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) trains hundreds of ­cooperative employees how to respond to health-related ­emergencies, ­specifically how to do cardio pul­monary resuscitation (CPR), administer first aid, and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). Each of these areas is crucial in offering a chance of survival to a person […]

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Staying warm and safe this winter

Earlier this year, on a cold January morning, fire officials determined that an electric space heater claimed the lives of 5-year-old and 9-year-old sisters in Grantville, Ga. in a fire that destroyed the family’s home. Despite repeated search and rescue efforts, smoke and flames from the fire ­prevented the ­location and rescue of the two […]

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Protect your family

The United States Fire Administration reports there are an average of 28,300 residential electrical fires each year, ­causing 390 deaths, 1,000 injuries, and nearly $1 billion in direct losses. The National Fire Protection Association notes that 41% of those fires were related to home wiring, cords or lighting. Safe Electricity wants con­sumers to be aware […]

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Taking lightning storms seriously

Unfortunately the old saying, “Lightning never strikes twice,” is not true. Even more unfortunate, it only takes one strike of lightning to change a person’s life forever. Tamara Pandolph-Peary of Chatham, Ill. learned the dangers of lightning the hard way. She describes herself as a hard worker who was on the move from the moment […]

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Dig it safely

During the first quarter of 2012, electric co-ops, the members of Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, have experienced 21 public contacts with five fatalities. The most recent public contact fatalities were the result of three vehicle-into-pole incidents, a line contractor contact, and a CB antenna contact with an overhead line. Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange […]

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Your inattention could be deadly

Drivers approach them with little forethought, until the warning sign appears that prison time is the result of killing a working in a highway work zone. Then you see it – the animated driver talking on a cell phone and then braking hard to avoid hitting a flagman. Electric utility crews, highway repairmen and many […]

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National Safe Boating Week

National Safe Boating Week begins May 19. This is a great opportunity to get your boat in order and prepare for a season of safe boating. To ensure a safe summer on the water, there are a variety of safety items that you must legally have on board your watercraft — including life vests, fire […]

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Home Safe Home

Electric energy use is typically on the rise during warmer weather, so as part of the new “Teach Learn Care” TLC campaign, Safe Electricity suggests “there is no time like the present” to conduct an electrical home inspection. The program encourages everyone to make sure your home is safe from electrical hazards to prevent electrical-related […]

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More power can improve safety

The farm shop may be the hub of winter activity for many farms. However it takes plenty of good lighting and electricity to clean combines, repair fall tillage equipment and prepare for spring planting. Power tools, compressors and welders all draw a considerable amount of power, and upgrading your electric service may also be a […]

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