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Spring & Summer Safety

It’s that time of year again when many people are out in their fields or yards working. We just like to take a minute to remind you of the things you should be aware of as you go about your work.

  • Be aware of the location of overhead power lines while working with heavy equipment, ladders or irrigation pipe.  Keep a distance of at least 10 feet between you and power lines to avoid arcs.
  • Never stack anything under power lines. Do not put your haystack there. Do not pile your irrigation pipe there.
  • Do not plant trees under power lines.
  • Always Call Before You Dig! Simply dial 811 and give them your information. A locate will be done within two working days.
  • Use appliances and equipment according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Use only outdoor rated extension cords and outdoor rated appliances while working outside.
  • Only use extension cords for a short period of time to run farm related equipment. If a cord or wire is going to be used regularly, run protected wiring, installed in electrical conduit for protection and durability.
  • Replace damaged electrical equipment or have it repaired at an authorized repair center.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection when working where water is near electricity to protect against electric shock.
  • Make certain that an independent testing laboratory approves all products and equipment, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Keep all electrical connections out of reach from your animals. Keep all extension cords, connections, and lights far enough away from animals so they cannot chew on them or come into contact with them.
  • Plan your burning before you begin. Please be aware that burning or even scorching a pole will compromise the integrity of the structure. 
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