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Electrical rules to share with kids

Posted on May 24, 2018 in Safety

Born with a natural curiosity, children are always exploring, asking questions and trying new things to understand the world around them. Unfortunately, that curiosity can be dangerous – and even deadly – when it comes to electricity.  “There are 400 deaths and 4,400 injuries from electrical hazards each year,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana… Continue reading.

Outdoor chores: Electrical hazards can occur outside

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in Safety

The sun is shining, and we’re finally seeing May flowers blooming. What better way to transition from spring to summer than by spending time outdoors? Those at your electric cooperative remind you electrical hazards are not only present indoors; they can also occur outside. “It’s easy to forget the dangers we can face outdoors when… Continue reading.

Be mindful of line crews

Posted on Mar 22, 2018 in Safety

Do you slow down when you see that flashing orange “Men at Work” sign? This year, National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13, and Indiana Electric Cooperatives reminds drivers to be mindful of lineworkers on the job. Utility trucks are equipped with flashing lights and reflective materials. Work zones are marked on the road… Continue reading.

Avoid dangers after a storm

Posted on Feb 21, 2018 in Safety

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about about learning the safety precautions to take once it’s gone.  After a storm, many think the dangers have left with the high winds, heavy rain and lightning strikes, but sometimes danger can come during the storm recovery period. Keeping your distance from downed power… Continue reading.

Space heaters: safety vs. convenience

Posted on Jan 25, 2018 in Safety

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays ending, we’ll do just about anything to make things easier on ourselves. The convenience of electric space heaters are great, but don’t forget about all of the safety precautions you may have overlooked. “Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States,”… Continue reading.

Prepare for winter storms

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 in Safety

Indiana weather can be unpredictable, especially during the winter months. That’s why you should prepare for dangerous situations before a storm hits. It is especially important to develop a plan for prolonged power outages during these harsh months. Heavy snows, freezing rain and ice storms can all create electrical hazards. “Being safe around electricity is… Continue reading.

Holiday safety

Posted on Nov 20, 2017 in Safety

Winter is full of holiday festivities, and, unfortunately, home fires. Avoid the hazards that are all too common during this time of year with some helpful holiday and winter electrical safety tips! During these winter holiday months, everyone breaks out their space heaters, electric blankets and lots of holiday decorations. It’s no wonder that more… Continue reading.

Holiday food preparation

Posted on Oct 25, 2017 in Safety

During the holidays, everyone gathers in the kitchen to cook favorite recipes, share warm meals and reconnect with each other. Keep your family safe during these joyful times by learning some basic holiday food preparation safety tips before you start cooking. “The United States Fire Administration estimates more than 2,000 residential fires are reported each… Continue reading.

Call 811 before you dig!

Posted on Sep 22, 2017 in Safety

Tree roots and power lines often coexist without problems. But whether you’re dealing with underground or overhead power lines, take these precautions when planting trees. Not only do dangers lurk for the person planting the tree, nearby power lines and trees can be harmed as well. Trees growing too close to electrical lines are the… Continue reading.

Prevent electrical fires

Posted on Aug 23, 2017 in Safety

Malfunction of electric appliances, equipment and wiring is a leading cause of home fires. Many electrical fires, however, can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical principles and following safe practices. “The statistics are staggering and disturbing,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “There are more than 50,000 home electrical fires each year… Continue reading.

Safety tips for college students

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Safety

BY JULIE STROHMEIER College is the time where teens get a taste of what independence truly is. They are miles away from their parents who can’t tell them what to do and when to do it. That’s why it’s important to teach them important safety lesson ahead of time; electrical safety included. No matter what… Continue reading.

Does your teen driver know electrical safety?

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in Safety

Teenage drivers can’t learn about electrical road hazards from experience. They need to learn about potential dangers before ever getting behind the wheel. For an inexperienced teenaged driver, wrecking the family car is almost a rite of passage. The only way for young drivers to gain experience is by getting behind the wheel and putting… Continue reading.

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