Electrical Safety Tips

Electrical Safety Tips

Because we care about the safety of you and your family, Franklin Rural Electric Cooperative is active in the education and promotion of electrical safety.  We provide educational programs, have developed a number of safety web sites, and have tips to share with you.  And, of course, you can always contact us for more information on any of these topics.

Our Top 10 List of Electrical Safety Tips:

10. Keep all objects (ladders, farm equipment) at least 10 feet away from power lines

 9. Be aware of power line locations when moving farm equipment and know what to do if you come in contact with lines

 8. Never attempt to move or raise electric lines; instead call Franklin REC at 641-456-2557 for assistance

 7. Do not attempt to remove items (fallen tree branches, kites, etc.) from power lines

 6. Plant trees at least 30 feet away from power lines so the trees won't eventually grow into the lines

 5. Install and repair electrical outlets and appliances using precautions and safety measures, including shutting off power (and testing to be sure power is off), safety equipment and tools, and/or hiring a licensed electrician to do the job

 4. Follow safety procedures if your equipment or vehicle comes in contact with a power line, including: 1) try to drive out from under it if you can or 2) stay in place and have someone call for help immediately or 3) if you must leave the vehicle: jump clear without making contact with the ground and vehicle at the same time

 3. Read and follow all safety instructions that come with appliances you purchase and use

 2. Have a family plan outlining what to do in case of an electrical emergency.  For example, call 911 for injuries or electrical fires, and stay away from downed power lines.

 1. Call Franklin REC immediately if you see an electrical hazard.  Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.  Call 641-456-2557 if you have any questions.  


We offer educational and safety programs:

Franklin REC is very active in the promotion of electrical and fam safety safety education.  Cooperative employees participate in Farm Safety Day and county fairs demonstrating high voltage and safety awareness.

We also visit area schools and would be happy to volunteer at your school or for your organization to demonstrate the importance of electrical safety.

To schedule a visit, contact:

 Chad Foster

 Member Service Advisor