At Dunn Energy Cooperative, we are committed to working safely and effectively to protect members and employees. We strive to bring you the power of safety through education and community outreach, with safety tools, resources and programs such as our high voltage safety demonstrations. When it comes to electricity inside and outside of your home, safety should always be your number one priority.
More than a thousand people are killed and tens of thousands injured each year in electrical accidents and fires. The vast majority of electrical accidents can be prevented if people understand the dangers and steps they can take to be safe around electricity. The Energy Education Council's Safe Electricity program is a unified industry effort to promote electrical safety through comprehensive public outreach and education.
Storm Safety Tips from Safe Electricity
- If you see downed or damaged power lines, stay back and call Dunn Energy immediately at 715-232-6240
- Limit the use of your freezer and refrigerator during extended storm outages. Food will remain frozen for up to 48 hours if the doors remain closed and the unit is in good working condition
- When possible, avoid using candles for lighting. Candles pose fire hazards within the home
- Dunn Energy as soon as possible when your power goes out, no matter how many homes in your area appear to be affected by the outage. Never assume your neighbor called. They may be thinking the same thing of you
- Appliances and electronics are extremely sensitive to electrical spikes from lightning or other faults. Before electrical storms, disconnect these items from the electrical source
- Keep a “” at home and in your car with extra flashlights, fresh batteries, bottled water, and canned food
- Improperly installed emergency power generators can expose your family to carbon monoxide poisoning and our crews to severe injury – or even death. Follow manufacturer instructions for generator inspections and maintenance
Power Line Safety - Look Up and Live
Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. Your Touchstone Energy cooperative wants to help our members stay safe around power lines.
KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE!
Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment your co-op uses to get electricity to your home.
Always remember to:
- Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers, and electrical boxes
- Don’t climb trees near power lines
- Never fly kits, remote control airplanes, or balloons near power lines
- If you get something stuck in a power line, call your Touchstone Energy co-op to get it
- Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas
- Never touch or go near a downed power line
- Don’t touch anything that may be touching a downed wire, such as a car
- Keep children and pets away
Many homeowners in Wisconsin have a long list of outdoor projects that need to be tackled in the spring, summer, and fall months. These projects could include anything from a new patio, to installing a fence, to simply planting a garden, shrubs, or trees. Diggers Hotline wants you to complete these projects safely.
By calling 811 at least three days before you dig you can ensure that all underground facilities belonging to utilities will be located. Calling before you dig isn't just smart; it's the law.