Safety & Health

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 […]

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 […]

Have a safe spring

As the snow and ice melt away, many homeowners take to the outdoors to tackle projects ­including cleaning out gutters, trimming trees, mending fence and digging in the yard. Regardless of your to-do list of outdoor projects, electrical safety needs to be a high priority. Safe Electricity urges homeowners to take a few minutes before […]

Safety from the storm

This winter has been horrible and I hope you and your ­family remained warm and safe during the snow storms. We’re not through with winter yet, so review last month’s column for tips on surviving power outages. Soon we’ll be enjoying warm, sunny spring weather, but no matter how long good weather lasts, storm clouds […]

Tips on surviving power outages

Power outages are at the very least inconvenient disruptions to our lives. While your electric co-op does everything it can to reduce the possibility of an outage to your home or business, they do occur. This time of year we worry about ice and snow storm outages, but there are a ­variety of reasons outages […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]