Safety is our top priority at Nolin RECC – for our members and our employees. Check out some of our safety tips and videos below to keep you and your family safe around electricity!
General safety around electricity – good info for all ages!
It’s essential to read the instructions that come with a generator before using – follow those instructions and keep in mind the safety tips in the video below to properly use a generator. Find more tips for generator safety HERE
Padmount transformers – the “green box”
<<< Don’t do this!!
Never dig near, sit on, reach into, move or allow kids to play around a padmount transformer. They carry a deadly amount of electricity! Plant away from the green box and always call 811 BEFORE you dig!
Downed power lines
Stay FAR away from power lines! >>>
Consider all downed lines energized and dangerous! Energized power lines on the ground can send electrical current through the ground for 40 feet or more. Never get close enough to a downed line to inspect it. If you see a downed line, call your power provider. If it is posing immediate danger to the public, call 911.
TEAch kids electrical safety
Electrical Safety with Pets in the Home
Spending a little time “pet-proofing” your home will help you avoid a pet-related accident. If you have a pet, check out these tips to protect your furry friend from electrical hazards:
• Small mammals and birds have a habit of gnawing on things, which might include exposed electrical cords. Try to block access to these cords by strategically placing your furniture so pets can’t reach them. Sometimes it’s hard to hide every wire, so you should consider wrapping or encasing them.
• Most hardware stores sell flexible safety cables and PVC. Aesthetically speaking, they’re not the best solution, but safety comes first. Electrical shock is not the only issue with wires. If you have multiple cables close to each other, your pet might get tangled up and injured.
• Just like kids, pets hate certain foods because of how they taste. You can purchase a pet deterrent spray from a pet shop and coat your electrical cords to discourage chewing. Another great way to deter them is to give your pet toys to play with. Some dog and cat breeds have more energy, so make sure you understand your pet’s needs.
• Invest the time in training. You can train a dog to stop chewing the couch, you can train a cat to keep off the counters, and you can train your pet to stay away from wires.
If the worst happens, visit a veterinarian immediately. Remember electrical shocks are life-threatening and should be treated as emergencies. Some symptoms aren’t easy to detect just by looking at your pet.
If you have any other questions about pet electrical safety, reach out to us for more advice and information.
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