Safety & Health

‘Standby’ me

Many big businesses rely on standby power when the power goes out for the safety of their employees and customers as well as to power essential items. More and more home versions are being installed so families can have backup power when they need it to power appliances and essential medical equipment, or simply for convenience. […]

Don’t let unsafe actions make waves in summer fun

Whether close to home or while on vacation, hot summer temperatures beckon many people to activities in and around water. To help ensure that the fun stays in these summer activities, it is important to keep safety in mind. Safe Electricity shares tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe when enjoying water recreation […]

Trees and power lines don’t play well together

An important variable to consider when planning your landscape has nothing to do with a tree’s appearance or function—it is the tree’s location. A young and slender tree trunk, that could be compared to a lanky teenager, may look small and harmless when you buy it, but trees that have the growth potential to encroach power […]

COVID-19 – Caring for someone at home

Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and should recover at home. However, those at a higher risk, such as medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease or diabetes, may develop more serious complications and should seek care as soon as symptoms start. COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close […]

U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic claiming 2,841 lives on our nation’s roads in 2018, which represents 7.8 percent of all traffic crash fatalities that year. While the number is down from 2017, there isn’t an acceptable number of distracted-driving deaths. The devastation caused by drivers who take their hands off the wheel and their […]

Keeping crews safe and power flowing

Lineworkers handle 7,200-volt power lines daily, and while that can become routine, workers should never take the hazards of the work for granted. Electric cooperatives across the country actively work on one of their greatest challenges – keeping employees safe. That’s why the Commitment to Zero Contacts program has become a central component of safety training […]

Look out for galloping lines

High winds and ice can affect power lines in a way that makes them gallop. When ice accumulates on power lines, high winds can cause them to bounce enough to hit another line—potentially damaging the lines, causing power outages, and even making the lines fall to the ground. “Strong winter winds can cause ice to build […]

Fireplace with glass doors

Fireplaces: For extra value, add extra safety

A fire in the hearth is a warm and welcoming part of winter for many Americans, but open flames inside the home should always be tended safely. Before you light your fireplace, we’re hoping you consider safety first. “Carbon monoxide exposure, burns and fire risks are the major hazards associated with fireplaces, but all of these […]

Ensure a happy holiday with these tree safety tips

About 95 million American households will host at least one Christmas tree this holiday season, and 81 percent of those trees will be artificial. But a real tree you cut from a field or buy from a store or lot was farm grown and harvested eight to 10 years after they were first cultivated from seed. […]

Decorate safely this holiday season

The holiday season offers great moments for building memories, but when it comes to decorating, it’s also the perfect time to think about safety. “There are about 200 decorating-related injuries each day during the busy holiday season,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). “Make safety a part of your […]