Your electric cooperative takes electrical safety seriously and urges you to do the same.
As the experts who practice and rely on safety every day, we share these tools and tips to help you prevent accidents and be safe in and around your home.
Electrical safety for kids
Your electric cooperative is committed to teaching children about electricity and electrical safety practices. Educators, parents and others who want to create electrical safety awareness for kids can find valuable resources at Electrical Safety Foundation International.
Safety at home
Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when used improperly. Keep these important tips in mind to protect your home.
Safety during disasters
South Carolina is no stranger to natural disasters. We can experience tropical storms, hurricanes, floods and even ice storms in the winter. Follow these simple steps to stay safe during a weather event:
Unplug appliances and electronics in advance of storms to protect them from power surges.
Use battery-powered lanterns and flashlights instead of candles, which can start a fire.
DO NOT OPERATE GENERATORS INSIDE OR NEAR YOUR HOME. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can harm you. Find more generator safety tips here.
NEVER go close to a downed power line or any standing water near them. Assume all downed lines are still energized and dangerous, and alert your electric cooperative about them.
Use caution around flooded areas. Submerged outlets or electrical cords can pose a lethal trap.
Have an electrician inspect your home and appliances before using electricity after any flooding or water damage.