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Safety and Education

Your safety is our priority

Because we care about the safety of you and your family, Calhoun County REC is active in the educating about and promoting electrical safety. We provide educational programs, have developed a number of safety web sites, and have tips to share with you. Read on for information and links that may be of interest to you and your family. Please contact us for more information on any of these topics.

We offer educational and safety programs:

  • Professional training. Our employees work with organizations such as countywide fire departments and emergency teams to update them on changes and updates related to electrical fires and emergencies.
  • Educational programs. We also visit schools in the area and would be happy to visit your school or organization to demonstrate the importance of electrical safety. To schedule a demonstration for your school or organization contact:
    Calhoun County REC, Member Service Director, Keaton Hildreth
    Phone: 800-821-4879
    Fax: 712-297-7211

We offer online resources:

  • Touchstone Energy Kids Zone This site is a cool place for kids to learn about electricity, energy savings and electrical safety.
  • Electrical Safety Foundation International This site includes information for home, for work, for educators, as well as seasonal tips and brochures.
  • Just For Kids Explore energy sources, efficiency, safety,  perform experiments, try out activities, and play games.
  •  Energized Learning  This site offers information for middle and high school students, parents, and teachers.
  • Safe  This site includes tips, news articles, videos, teacher materials, and much more.
  • National Food and Energy Council information on grain bin clearances.  If you are planning to install a grain bin, check out this resource to help you plan for electrical safety. We have additional information in our article on Grain Bin Safety.
  • Iowa One Call. If you are planning on doing any building or landscaping, you will need to call Iowa One Call at least 48 hours prior to any digging. This allows your local utilities to mark any underground wires, etc. This is for your safety and will help to eliminate interruption of service. The number is toll-free: 811 or (800) 292-8989 or visit Iowa One Call.

Our Top 10 list of electrical safety tips:
10. Keep all objects (ladders, farm equipment) at least 10 feet away from power lines.
9. Be aware of power line locations when moving farm equipment and know what to do if you come in contact with lines.
8. Never attempt to move or raise electric lines; instead, call Calhoun County REC for assistance.
7. Do not attempt to remove items (fallen tree branches, kites, etc.) from power lines.
6. Plant trees at least 30 feet away from power lines so the tree won't eventually grow into the lines.
5. Install and repair electrical outlets and appliances using precautions and safety measures, including shutting off power (and testing to be sure power is off), safety equipment and tools, and/or hiring a licensed electrician to do the job.
4. Follow safety procedures if your equipment or vehicle comes in contact with a power line: 1) try to drive out from under it if you can or 2) stay in place and have someone call for help immediately or 3) if you must leave the vehicle: jump clear without making contact with the ground and vehicle at the same time.
3. Read and follow all safety instructions that come with appliances you purchase and use.
2. Have a family plan outlining what to do in case of electrical emergency.  For example, call 911 for injuries or electrical fires, and stay away from downed power lines.
1. Call Calhoun County REC immediately if you see an electrical hazard. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.  Call 712-297-7112 or 800-821-4879.

Additional resources on safety:  Farm Safety 4 Just Kids  Farm safety awareness for children