Safety and Savings

Safety & Savings

Members are at the heart of everything we do.

As member-owned electric cooperatives, we’re dedicated to helping you make the most of your power. Find the information you need to save on your power bill and stay safe.

Education & Safety

Be aware. Everywhere.

With power everywhere in our daily lives, it can be easy to forget the dangers. In fact, many electric lines are out of sight and out of mind. That’s why it’s important to always stay alert. Stay clear of power lines and call 811 before you dig.

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Overhead Power Lines

  • Keep at least 10 feet away!
  • Never touch power lines, but don’t get too close either. Electricity can jump to nearby objects.
  • Do not touch anything that is in contact with the power line, including trees.
  • Carry ladders and other equipment horizontally.
  • Report downed power lines outside your home immediately by calling your electric cooperative.  And stay at least 10 feet away.
  • Never touch a person who is in contact with a downed power line. Call 911 immediately.
  • Never attempt to climb a power pole or enter a restricted substation area. Also, don’t tamper with transformers that provide underground service with power. Before you dig, call your local electrical cooperative to locate your underground service.
  • Never fire a gun at a security light, a power line, insulator or a transformer.

Underground Power Lines

  • Call 811 before you dig.
  • Every dig requires a call. Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, call 811 before each job.
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  • Visit the Mississippi 811 web portal at


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Electrical Appliances

  • Always look for the Underwriters Laboratories’ seal of approval.
  • Be sure tools and appliances are properly grounded. A three-prong plug used in a two-wire receptacle must have a grounded adapter. Use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) whenever in damp locations or outside.
  • Improper handling of electrical appliances can cause a fire. Don’t let wires overheat. Disconnect if there are any sparks.
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Switches & Outlets

  • Do not touch an electrical switch while your hands are damp. No electrical cord or appliance should be handled in or near water.
  • Childproof your home against electrical hazards by installing plastic protective caps over your electrical outlets.
  • Protect your computer and other electronics from power surges by installing protective devices, such as a low-cost voltage regulator or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
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Electrical Cords

  • Do not run electrical cords through doorways or under carpets, and do not drape over radiators, pipes or other metal objects.
  • To prevent overheating, make sure the cord is large enough to carry the electricity necessary to operate the tool or appliance. Heavy-duty extension cords should be used with portable tools and other heavy-duty appliances — never ordinary lamp cords.
  • Check all extension and appliance cords frequently to be sure they are not worn or frayed. If they are, replace them immediately. Don’t patch a broken cord.
  • Celebrate the holidays safely by following general electrical cord safety. Keep paper and decorations away from hot lights. Unplug cords when you string lights. Unplug Christmas lights before you leave home or go to bed.

Safety Resources

Cooperative Energy’s Safety Campaign

Electrical Safety Foundation International Kids’ Corner

Occupational Safety & Heath Administration (OSHA)


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