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Electrical Safety Tips

Top 10 list of electrical safety tips:

  1. Call Western Iowa Power Cooperative immediately if you see an electrical hazard.  Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.  Call us at 800-253-5189.

  2. Have a family plan outlining what to do in case of electrical emergency.  For example, call 911 for injuries or electrical fires, and stay away from downed power lines.

  3. Read and follow all safety instructions that come with appliances you purchase and use.

  4. Follow safety procedures if your equipment or vehicle comes in contact with a power line, including: 1) try to drive out from under it if you can or 2) stay in place and have someone call for help immediately or 3) if you must leave the vehicle: jump clear without making contact with the ground and vehicle at the same time.

  5. Install and repair electrical outlets and appliances using precautions and safety measures, including shutting off power (and testing to be sure power is off), safety equipment and tools, and/or hiring a licensed electrician to do the job.

  6. Plant trees at least 30 feet away from power lines so the tree won't eventually grow into the lines.

  7. Do not attempt to remove items (fallen tree branches, kites, etc.) from power lines.

  8. Never attempt to move or raise electric lines; instead call Western Iowa Power Cooperative at 800-253-5189 for assistance.

  9. Be aware of power line locations when moving farm equipment and know what to do if you come in contact with lines.

  10. Keep all objects (ladders, farm equipment) at least 10 feet away from power lines.

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