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Preparing for winter storms

Posted on Dec 27, 2022 in Safety

When winter arrives, Hoosiers are never sure of what to expect. Indiana winters include everything from heavy snows, to freezing rain, to ice storms — sometimes all in one day. All of those forms of winter weather can create electrical hazards, warns Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Being safe around electricity is a year-round need, but Indiana… Continue reading.

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Keeping warm and staying safe

Posted on Nov 25, 2022 in Safety

Electric space heaters and blankets are great ways to stay toasty warm when the temperature drops. But don’t forget about safety before you plug in these chill-chasers. During these winter months, when space heaters and electric blankets come out of hibernation, home fires increase.  “Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in… Continue reading.

Holiday food prep

Posted on Oct 29, 2022 in Safety

Keep your family safe during these joyful times by learning some basic holiday food preparation safety tips before you start cooking.  During the holidays, family and friends gather to celebrate. Usually, food is involved. But not all feasts turn out festive. The United States Fire Administration estimates more than 2,000 residential fires are reported each… Continue reading.

Overhead line safety

Posted on Sep 24, 2022 in Safety

Follow these guidelines to prevent the most common mistakes made near overhead power lines. Whether you’re on the job or working on an outdoor project around your home, you should always be aware of overhead electrical lines. Many workplace fatalities are caused by overhead power lines. Imagine how easy it is for us at home,… Continue reading.

Be Safe Around Electricity When Moving Farm Equipment

Posted on Aug 24, 2022 in Safety

With the arrival of harvest time, Indiana’s farmers are shifting into high gear as they move into their fields to bring in their crops. All that increased activity puts farmers and farm workers at greater risk, warns Jon Elkins, vice president of safety, training and compliance at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Combines and grain augers are… Continue reading.

Ground-mounted utility boxes are not reading nooks

Posted on Jun 23, 2022 in Safety

Ground-mounted transformers may seem like something else kids can play on in the yard, but they are necessary infrastructure for buried power lines and shouldn’t be played on or tampered with. In almost every suburban neighborhood one can find one of those green boxes that are usually situated near the street between every other house…. Continue reading.

Avoid downed power lines

Posted on Apr 21, 2022 in Safety

If you drive the same route to work every day, odds are you don’t give the road itself a lot of thought. It’s always there; until it’s not. If you suddenly come upon a big orange “road closed” sign with barricades, what do you do? You stop, think about an alternative route, and take it…. Continue reading.

Spring into safety on the farm

Posted on Mar 23, 2022 in Safety

Planting season is here for many of the state’s roughly 94,000 farmers. While you prepare to plant the crops that help feed the world, Indiana’s electric cooperatives remind you to keep safety in mind — especially when working around electricity. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 62 farm workers… Continue reading.

Be prepared for spring’s fickle foul weather

Posted on Feb 24, 2022 in Safety

Spring is a fickle season that brings nature’s renewal of buds and blooms to the trees and fields and also brings dark, powerful rolling storms that can wreak havoc. From 2016 through 2020, the National Weather Service recorded 28 deaths, 133 injuries and over $64 million in property and crop damage from weather events in… Continue reading.

Hit a pole? Stay in the car.

Posted on Jan 25, 2022 in Safety

On a late wintry Saturday afternoon, Nick and Blake decided to take Nick’s car to a movie — despite falling snow and parental advice to stay home. Moments later, where the county road zigged and zagged a mile past their neighborhood, Nick’s car did neither. It slid straight off and bumped into an electric cooperative… Continue reading.

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