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