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Be Safe With Electricity This Spring

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative reminds area residents to be aware of the dangers of electricity while working outdoors this spring.  Cuivre River Safety Coordinator Doug Bagby stresses, “Play it safe with electricity.  Accidents involving power lines usually happen when someone doesn’t take the time to look up and observe the whole situation. Take time to educate younger or less experienced workers to avoid potential hazards when working.”


Cuivre River offers these important safety tips to help make spring more enjoyable:

  • Look up for power lines before installing a satellite dish, antenna, solar panels, making roof repairs, trimming or pruning trees, or using long-handled tools.
  • Be sure to fly kites in open areas away from power lines.
  • Check outdoor electrical outlets for protective weatherproof covers and be sure GFCIs are operating properly by using the test button.
  • Always carry a ladder horizontally. Before setting it up, check to see if power lines are located overhead or nearby.
  • Be alert and watch for power lines when operating tall machinery or equipment outdoors.  Adjust machinery or equipment to the lowest position before moving.
  • Before starting a digging project, Missouri law requires you to submit a utility locate request by contacting Missouri One Call by calling 8-1-1 or visiting As a free service, an underground utility locator will mark power lines and other utilities that are buried at the work site. Use extreme caution when using a shovel or other digging tool. By calling to find out where underground utilities are buried, you avoid hazards and keep vital services (electricity, telephone, water and sewer) from being disrupted.
  • Never attempt to move or raise a power line.  Since electricity can’t be seen, always assume a line is live with power.
  • Missouri law requires that your electric utility company be notified when working within 10 feet of a power line. OSHA expands that zone for cranes and construction crews to notify the utility if the work is to be done at 20 feet or closer to a power line. Cuivre River Electric Cooperative will assist with your underground and overhead power line safety requests and concerns.


“Just use common sense when working around power lines.  Look up and survey the scene around you,” adds Bagby.  “Also make sure to contact Missouri One Call before you dig to avoid hitting a buried power line.”


To learn more about electric safety, visit,, or contact Cuivre River Electric Cooperative at (636) 528-8261, (636) 695-4700, or (800) 392-3709.


Knowing What To Do

Knowing what to do in an electrical emergency can mean the difference between life and death. At Cuivre River Electric Cooperative we’ve become so accustomed to how electricity works for us everyday that we often take it for granted.


Each year in the United States, hundreds of people are killed and more than 10,000 people are injured from electricity incidents in the home. At work, electricity causes more than 300 deaths each year. Most electrical injuries can be avoided by taking the time to learn some safety skills.


Other safety tips specific to the workplace are offered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the U.S. Department of Labor. OSHA’s electrical standards address the government’s concern that electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to such dangers as electric shock, electrocution, fires and explosions.


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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an independent federal regulatory agency that was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. In that law, Congress directed the Commission to "protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products." The CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products, from automatic-drip coffee makers to toys to lawn mowers.

The mission of the National Safety Council is to educate and influence society to adopt safety, health and environmental policies, practices and procedures that prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable causes.

The mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to save lives, prevent injuries and protect the health of America’s workers. To accomplish this, federal and state governments must work in partnership with the more than 100 million working men and women and their six and a half million employers who are covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

UL is the leading third-party certification organization in the United States and the largest in North America. As a not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization, UL has been evaluating products in the interest of public safety since 1894.