Reaching Out - Public Safety
Electricity is an essential part of life and when used wisely, electricity is a safe and economic energy source. T.I.P. REC is dedicated to ongoing safety awareness and accountability for employees, member-owners and industry partners. Through educational efforts geared toward our schools, member- owners and the general public, we are building awareness of ways electricity-related accidents can be avoided. REC employees frequently make presentations to classrooms, such as the Louie the Lightning Bug program, and community groups.
Overhead power lines can carry thousands of volts of electricity, many of which are located near buildings, other structures and farm equipment. Follow this link for more detailed information regarding Grain Bin Clearances and the requirements published by the Iowa Electrical Safety Code. This same information is published annually in the TIPS from T.I.P. newsletter.
Although underground power lines are out of sight, shovels or other digging devices can trigger a shock hazard. T.I.P. Rural Electric Cooperative participates in promoting and supporting the efforts of the Iowa One Call program. Public service announcements, billboards and newsletter articles inform members and businesses about the risks of digging without having underground utilities located and marked. A simple, toll-free call 1-800-292-8989 to Iowa One Call alerts the appropriate utilities before digging begins.
When it comes to electrical safety, our cooperative goal is simple – to educate employees on working with member-owners to use electricity safely.