Don’t rely on extension cords to solve the problem of inadequate electrical outlets. Recognize the signs of an overloaded outlet; if your outlets are overloaded, head to your circuit panel and reset them. Familiarize yourself with your circuit panel before problems could occur. It’s a common problem for most of us: relying on a handy… Continue reading.
When preparing for winter weather, many homeowners rely on whole house generators and portable generators to power their homes in the event of a long-term power outage. While they are great resources for your home, there are three major risks that are important to consider. Risk #1: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning To prevent carbon monoxide (CO)… Continue reading.
The best time of the year to start winterizing your home is before the temperatures start to drop and snow is already on the ground, but if you’re reading this and haven’t already made those small changes to your home, consider this your nudge to get started! Preparing your home for cold temperatures doesn’t have… Continue reading.
It’s easy to underestimate the dangers posed by the appliances in your home because, let’s face it, they weren’t something you were taught to worry about. When you were a child, your parents handled all of the household duties. When you got your first apartment, your landlord took care of the problems. Now that you… Continue reading.
No matter what time of year, whether it’s the holidays, full of bright decorations covering every inch of your home, or summertime, when you just can’t seem to plug in enough fans to keep cool, it’s never the wrong time to talk about electrical overloads — and how to prevent them, spot them, and fix… Continue reading.
Many move into a new home without understanding the electrical system that makes all the electronics work. Would you know how to trip the main circuit if someone was being shocked in the bathroom? “Understanding how your home’s electrical system functions is important not only to keep it properly maintained, but for your safety if… Continue reading.
Electricity is a major cause of house fires each year. Since outdated electrical systems can’t handle the demands of today’s devices, malfunctions, electrical fires, injury and electrocution may result. We may forget that like our phones, which update with a simple press of a button, homes need an occasional update, too! You might be tempted… Continue reading.
Lightning safety begins when you hear the rumble of the thunder in an impending storm. Growing up, your parents might have told you to count the seconds between the thunder and a strike of lightning to know how far away the storm was. “One one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand…” But, did you… Continue reading.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.