Here are twenty tips to keep you safe around electricity.


  • Keep electrical appliances and toys away from water.
  • Be alert for damaged plugs and cords on outdoor electrical appliances and fixtures. Don’t touch or use them if damaged.
  • Always be careful when you use any electrical appliance or toy inside your home.
  • Never put your finger or anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet.
  • Pull by the plug and not the cord when unplugging an appliance.
  • Don’t use an electrical appliance when you’re wet.
  • Be sure outlets near water sources have GFCI’s
  • Limit the number of appliances plugged into each outlet.


  • Stay away from Cloverland Electric Cooperative equipment including poles, guy wires, substations, underground transformers and trucks working on lines.
  • Watch out for overhead wires, when around trees. Keep all objects away from power lines. Ladders, antennas and kites are fatal when in contact with a “hot” power line.
  • Plant trees away from overhead power lines and underground facilities. Always call 811 before digging for free underground power line locating services.
  • Don’t construct anything under overhead power lines.
  • Keep a safe distance from overhead lines when using a ladder, pool skimmer or other long object.
  • Make sure tools and appliances are approved for “outdoor use” and UL listed.
  • Outdoor electrical outlets should have weatherproof covers and GFCIs to protect against shock.
  • Stay away from electrified metal fences used to protect property or keep in animals.

Adverse Weather and During Outages

  • Keep away from fallen power lines. Call the cooperative at 1-800-562-4953 immediately to report downed lines. This phone number is answered 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week.
  • Never touch a person who is in contact with a live power line
  • When you see our crews and equipment along the road, please slow down and proceed with care.
  • Never touch any outdoor wires with your body or object.

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