Safety demonstrations are available to emergency services upon request. We also have links from our website to a library of videos for responders.
Before You Dig
Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT! Here's what you need to know first: Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job.
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Western Cooperative Electric performs electrical safety demonstrations to schools, civic organizations, and those involved in emergency services upon request.
Our safety demonstration board helps WCE teach what to do with electrical hazards with everyday situations.
Grain Bin Clearance
Line workers encounter serious hazards on the job, including working with high-voltage electricity, often at great heights. The work also can be physically demanding. Although most work full time during regular business hours, some work irregular hours on evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays when needed.
When there’s a natural disaster, power line workers are often among the first to the scene. They regularly clear the way so that first-responders can assist with rescues, fires, traffic controls and other dangerous situations.
The governing standard for clearances between overhead utility facilities and land traversed by vehicles is the National Electric Safety Code (NESC), which prescribes minimum requirements and is considered the industry standard for such clearances across the country.
NESC Rule 232 covers the "vertical clearances of wires, conductors, cables, and equipment above ground, roadway, rail, or water surfaces." When confronted with what appear to be low hanging utility lines, you should first contact the utility responsible for the line, be it the local electric company or phone, cable, or internet provider. If the responsible utility is not known, the local electric company should be contacted.
- Keep your distance! Remember the 10-foot rule: When carrying and using ladders and other long tools, keep them at least 10 feet away from all overhead lines - including any lines from the power pole to your home.
- Look up before raising a ladder or pole to verify that it will not be close to power lines when raised. Use a flashlight or lantern at night to help you see overhead power lines or other hazards.
- Don’t let children climb trees that are near overhead power lines.
- Kites or balloons that contact power lines can cause shock or fire, so fly them away from overhead lines.
- Do not attempt to prune, trim, or cut trees that are in danger of contacting power lines. Before trimming a tree, call WCE at 785-743-5561 if you have any doubt.
- Good conductors include water, your body, tree branches, metal poles and ladders.
When a storm knocks out power for extended periods of time, many of those affected turned to backup generators to help keep food safe, lights on, and safety and medical equipment operating. However, only a small percentage of generators are hooked up or used correctly.