Dixie Electric Reminds Members to Plug into Safety

In May, Dixie Electric along with the other electric cooperatives nationwide promote safety awareness to coincide with National Electrical Safety Month. Every year, thousands of accidents occur due to shock hazards, and we are committed to educating the public about potential electrical dangers around power lines and in the home.

We are often asked why we cut trees and underbrush under or around the power lines. Although there are several reasons, safety is the main one. Cutting tree limbs away from the power lines hopefully keeps children, who love to climb trees, away from power lines.

In 2016, 475,500 structure fires, including residential fires, were reported in the U.S., causing 2,950 deaths, 12,775 injuries and $7.9 billion in property damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a residential fire was reported every 90 seconds. Many home fires occur when electrical equipment is outdated or improperly used. If you have a residential wiring problem, call a certified electrician to make the repairs.

Lastly, if you see a downed power line, please stay away from it, and call us immediately. We have personnel available, and they will respond to safely make the necessary repairs.

To raise awareness of the importance of electrical safety, we will post messages on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages throughout the month of May, providing tips on electrical safety. Remember to share these safety tips with your children. Also, you can visit our website, dixieepa.com, for tips and information.
Through electrical safety awareness and education, we can all play a part in preventing electrical hazards and injuries in the future. Together, let’s plug into safety this May.

Randy Smith, General Manager

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