While ensuring the safety of our members and employees is a top priority year round, during the month of May, Union Power joins other electric cooperatives across the state and nation in recognizing National Electrical Safety Month.
Electricity is an essential and dependable resource, but we must be aware of the serious—and sometimes deadly—consequences of using electricity unsafely. Many electrical accidents involve common items such as outlets, appliances, power and extension cords, and power equipment. The good news is that a few simple precautions can help avoid these types of accidents.
Here’s a good way to make sure you reduce accidents, remember to:
- Avoid it. Never go near a fallen power line. If you encounter a downed line, leave the area immediately and notify your cooperative or call 911. Never place ladders, poles or other items near power lines, and don’t drive over downed lines.
- Cover it. Use plug covers in outlets if you have young children. Teach them never to put their fingers in electrical outlets or appliances, and keep cords and electrical devices away from them.
- Toss it. Inspect electrical cords often for broken connectors or fraying, and throw away any worn cords to eliminate the possibility of shock, short circuit or fire.
- Unplug it. Appliances, tools and other devices are still connected to electricity when they are plugged in. Turn off AND unplug all portable electric devices when you’re finished using them.
Union Power is dedicated to educating people of all ages about electrical safety, and we encourage you to make sure that you and your family know about the dangers of electricity and how to use it safely. We offer safety information and tips on our website at union-power.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.