As Missouri's largest electric distribution cooperative, CREC provides a safe and dependable supply of electricity and related services to more than 68,000 members in our community. We understand the responsibility we have as an electric distribution cooperative and recognize safety as one of our core values.


Preventing electrical emergencies    Indoor and outdoor electric safety tips    Severe weather tips    Generator safety tips    Meter Tampering


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Preventing electrical emergencies

Each year in the United States, hundreds of people are killed and more than 10,000 people are injured by electricity incidents in the home. At work, electricity causes more than 300 deaths each year. You can help prevent electrical emergencies by taking the time to learn some safety skills and using this checklist to make your home or business as safe as possible.

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Indoor and outdoor electric safety tips

Whether it's how to safely use extension cords or how to prevent electric shock near boats and docks, these tips can help you avoid potentially hazardous situations.

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Severe weather tips

CREC's service area is within a region prone to thunderstorms and other severe weather conditions, such as high winds, tornadoes, and flash floods. When you know the risks and what actions to take, you can better protect your family and property.

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Generator safety tips

Because severe weather can cause extensive damage to power lines and extended power failure results, portable and standby generators can be great emergency resources. Learn how generators must be connected safely and used properly.

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Meter Tampering

CREC cautions its members against the dangers and illegalities of meter tampering.

Tampering with meters and cutting into wires to interfere with the flow of electricity can result in electrocution, electrical burns, or other serious injury. There is also the chance of sparking a house fire. Meters are connected to a voltage that can be fatal if not installed and maintained by a qualified professional. 

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Recognize Utility Scams

Utility scams, unfortunately, are on the rise. Whether they’re posing as representatives from utility companies or salespeople selling worthless products that claim energy savings, these scammers might contact you by phone, through email, on social media, or show up at your front door.

Have more safety questions? Contact us Monday through Friday anytime between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.