Electricity is a powerful force in all our lives. It makes so many things possible, and is so ever present in our homes, at work and at play, we often take it for granted. But because it is so powerful, it's important that we always exercise caution when using it.
- Electricity and water are a dangerous combination. Don't leave plugged in appliances where they might fall in contact with water. If a plugged-in appliance falls into water, NEVER reach in to pull it out - even if it's turned off. First turn off the power source at the panel board and then unplug the appliance. If you have an appliance that has gotten wet, don't use it until it has been checked by a qualified repair person.
- If you see a downed line, don't touch it! Call Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services immediately.
- Keep kites and other objects away from overhead power lines.
- Circuit breakers and fuses should be the correct size and current rating for their circuit. If you do not know the correct size, have an electrician identify and label the size to be used. Always replace a fuse with the same size fuse.
- The best place to be during a thunderstorm is inside. When you see a storm approaching, seek shelter right away. Lightning often precedes rain and can strike as far as ten miles away from the rain of a thunderstorm. Seek shelter immediately when thunder is heard - avoid trees or tall objects, high ground, water, open spaces and metal objects such as tools, fences and umbrellas. Remaining inside a vehicle is safe because rubber tires are nonconductive. When indoors, shut off appliances and electronic devices and avoid using the telephone.