The electricity that powers our lives has become so commonplace that people sometimes forget the importance of using it safely. But no one makes electrical safety more of a priority than your local electric cooperative. We never forget, safety is a top priority. The best way to prevent accidents is to review safety steps regularly.Budget Billing Application Form
Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment your co-op uses to get electricity to your home.
Always remember to:
The Safe Electricity program urges everyone to be sure that their loved ones are aware of the dangers associated with lightning and how to protect themselves.
If thunderstorms and lightning are approaching, the safest location is indoors away from doors and windows with the shades drawn. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the area in which it is raining and you do not have to see clouds. A direct strike is not necessary for lightning voltage to enter your home through phone lines, electrical wires, cables and plumbing.
Avoid water, electric appliances and other objects that could conduct electricity, and use only cordless or cell phones to make emergency calls. Other recommendations to avoid lightning shock and damage include:
Additional storm safety information can be found at SafeElectricity.org.
If you're planning a project that involves digging on your property, remember to call Gopher State One Call (8-1-1 or 1-800-252-1166) at least 48 hours before digging to have a professional safely locate underground cable for you. You can also request a locate online.
Online: Gopher State One Call website
Collect the following information before calling:
Portable generators can be very helpful to consumers during outages. But we urge you to follow these safety guidelines when using one:
We encourage you to protect the well-being and safety of your family during outages, and safeguard those who come to your aid during emergency situations. When we work together for safety and the good of our communities, we all benefit.
Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. Roseau Electric Cooperative wants to help our members stay safe around power lines.
Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment Roseau Electric uses to get electricity to your home.
Keep your distance
Downed power lines
Vehicle accidents and utility poles/lines
If a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle!This is the safest place to stay.Warn people not to touch the car or the line. Call or ask someone to call the local cooperative and emergency services.
The only circumstance in which you should consider leaving a car that is in contact with a downed power line is if the vehicle catches on fire. Open the door. Do not step out of the car, you may receive a shock. Instead, jump free of the car with your feet together so that your body clears the vehicle before touching the ground.
Once you clear the car, shuffle at least 50 feet away, with both feet on the ground.
Many families will get a new pet this year. Bringing a pet into your home is an adjustment. If you are considering getting a pet, or already have one, Safe Electricity encourages you to protect your pet from electrical hazards around the home by keeping these tips in mind:
If you think your pet may have suffered an electrical shock, approach it with caution to keep from being injured by the same electrical danger and to keep from being bitten. Inspect the animal for injuries, and get your pet to an animal care center as soon as possible.
Gathering with family and friends during the holidays often means making great memories, reliving traditions and sharing the spirit of the season. However, amid all the festivities, don’t forget about safety. Safe Electricity shares tips to help ensure that your holiday season —whether decorating, feasting or traveling — remains a safe one.
Keep safety in mind when decorating the home. Ensure that your tree is placed at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces or radiators and on a stable platform. Before hanging holiday lights, check for worn spots, fraying and excessive kinking. Damaged strands of lights should not be used. Consider investing in LED light strands. Although they are more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, LED lights last much longer and are also more efficient and durable.
Don’t get burned in the kitchen. Clean your stovetop and oven often, especially before the large amount of baking and cooking that takes place for family gatherings. Doing so will help prevent fires in the kitchen, should a malfunction or accident in the kitchen take place. Do not leave combustible items, such as towels or pot holders, near the stove top. Keep all appliance cords away from heat. Never use appliances near the kitchen sink. Plug appliances into ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets. Unplug your appliances when they are not in use.
Whether you are leaving the home for a few hours or for a few weeks, turn off all lights when they are not in use. Your neighbors can still enjoy your exterior Christmas lights while you are away if you put them on an automatic timer. This will remove the extra worry of an electrical accident while also reducing energy costs. If you will be gone for an extended holiday trip, you can reduce the risk of a power surge damaging equipment by unplugging unneeded electrical devices before leaving.
From thunderstorms to tornados, ice storms to floods, natural disasters can cause destruction and power outages. It is important to be prepared with needed supplies, a plan and safety knowledge.
One of the best ways to stay one step ahead of storms, power outages and other emergencies is to plan ahead with an emergency preparedness kit.
The exact contents of your emergency kit may vary according to the dangers and weather most relevant to your region, but Ready.gov recommends that every emergency kit contain these basic items:
Just as important as knowing how to prepare is knowing what to do during and immediately after an emergency. Some tips to keep in mind should a severe storm or flooding occur, include:
For more safety tips, visit SafeElectricity.org.