last modified: April 16, 2020 at 7:45:14 PM
Basic Electrical Safety Rules
The safety of its crews and member-consumers is a top priority for East-Central Iowa REC. We recommend that you know and teach these basic rules about how to respect electricity.
- Consider any electrical line dangerous.
- Keep objects such as kites, ladders, and antennas away from power lines.
- Do not attempt to raise or move electric lines. They are not insulated and can cause electrocution!
- Report any potential power line hazards to the Cooperative, including trees growing in the lines.
- Always stay away from any electric line that is down on the ground. Call ECI REC at 877-850-4343 immediately.
- Never touch a person or object that is in contact with a live power line.
- Pull the entrance switch or fuse before working on wiring or any equipment connected to the wiring. If in doubt, call a competent electrician.
- If a fuse blows or a breaker trips, find out the cause before restoring current to that circuit. Look for damaged or bare wires, defective outlets, and defective appliances.
- Install ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in areas where appliances may accidentally come into contact with water, such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, and exterior spaces.
- If your vehicle hits a utility pole, stay in your car until help arrives.
For more safety tips, download the safety booklet from Electrical Safety Foundation International. Then, download and print off a safety checklist for your refrigerator!