Quick Tips for Safety

Here are some quick tips on how you and your family can work and play safely around electricity.

  • Always look up before raising ladders or other long objects outdoors.
  • Keep ladders and scaffolds as far as possible from power lines.
  • Use wood or fiberglass ladders if you must work near electric wires. Never use an aluminum or metal ladder near electric lines. But remember, even wood and fiberglass should never come in contact with power lines.
  • Remember to look up before planting new trees or trimming existing ones.
  • Pay attention to the signs on the substation fencing; they mark the danger zone for you.
  • Make sure your antenna has lightning protection.
  • Stay clear of overhead power lines when moving irrigation pipes, augers, grain elevators, tall machinery, etc.
  • Have electrical circuits, wiring and equipment inspected by a licensed electrician.
  • Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) when working outdoors.
  • Ensure that sprinklers don't spray water near overhead lines.
  • Check your outdoor receptacles - do the outlets have their own waterproof covers?
  • If your pet gets stranded on a utility pole, never climb up to rescue it; call the Co-op, and they will send someone to rescue your pet.
  • Remember that power runs underground as well as overhead. Call 1-800-DIG-TESS (1-800-344-8377) before you dig when landscaping your front or back yard.
  • Always wear shoes when using a lawn mower and outdoor power tools. Be sure to work on dry grass only, and never use electric tools in rain or on wet surfaces.
  • Check for frayed or damaged cords on power tools. Discard or replace any with damaged cords or cracked housing.