Staying safe

We’re committed to being a safe and reliable neighbor. Discover ways to stay safe and prepared with help from your co-op.

Emergency preparedness

Nothing is more important to us than your safety and well-being. So take a few minutes to read these safety tips to help keep you, your family and your home safe.

Digging and yard safety

Call 811 at least 48 hours before you dig to avoid hitting underground utility lines.

Prevent tree-related safety risks

Trees that fall or grow into power lines can cause outages or serious hazards. Members are a vital part of keeping us informed about such problems.

Storms and outages

Prepare and protect yourself and your family when severe weather strikes.

Downed electric lines

Downed power lines are dangerous! Assume any power line that is down is energized and stay away. If the situation is an emergency, call 911. Then report the downed line to our control center at 800-949-4414.

Be ready for hurricanes

Your guide to hurricane preparedness. To help you prepare for an emergency, we’ve created these handy reference tools.

Create an emergency plan

Find out how to create an emergency plan for your home and family and set up emergency notifications for your area.

Tips to keep safe with electricity

While access to electricity makes many lives easier, it should be treated with healthy respect. Here are some ways to make sure you are safely using our services.

  • Never use electric appliances close to water.
  • Walk through your home and search for potential electric hazards. Many hazards are easily identified and corrected.
    • Never put items into electric outlets that are not intended for them.
    • Do not connect power strips to power strips.
    • Make sure electric outlets aren't overloaded.
    • Check all electric and extension cords to make sure they aren't cracked, frayed, or covered by rugs or furniture.
    • Use the correct wattage light bulb for lighting fixtures.
    • Keep electric appliances away from damp or hot surfaces, and make sure they have appropriate air circulation.
  • Signs of other potential hazards that should be examined by a qualified electrician include dim or flickering lights, arcs or sparks, sizzling or buzzing sounds from your electric systems, odors, switch plates hot to the touch, loose plugs and damaged insulation.
  • Never use electric power tools in the rain or wet conditions.
  • Electric lawnmowers should never be used when grass is wet.
  • Inspect power tools and electric lawn mowers before use for frayed power cords, broken housings or broken plugs.
  • When using tools or extension cords outdoors, make sure they are marked for outdoor use.
  • Unplug all portable power tools when not in use. Don't leave power tools unattended, even briefly.
  • Metal ladders conduct electricity. Be careful of overhead wires and power lines.
  • Stay away from utility ground-level electric boxes and substations.
  • If you see a downed power line, stay away from it, then call 911.
  • Contact Bluebonnet at 800-949-4414 if you know about a fallen or leaning power pole.