Perennial provides more than electricity. We also provide electrical safety training for all of our consumers including schools, organizations, and companies. Please call us to see if we can meet your needs.
Schools - Perennial is ready to assist you in teaching students about energy and electrical safety.
Organizations - From Fire Departments to 4-H Clubs, Perennial is ready to come visit your organization and help educate your members on electrical safety. Call us today.
Electricity is an essential part of our daily lives. It provides energy for water heating, home heating, cooling, cooking, refrigeration, lighting and all of our modern appliances. If electrical appliances are installed by experts and used wisely, it is a safe and economical energy source. But every year people are killed or injured by electrical shocks because they weren't aware of the dangers or didn't use electricity safely. Below are some basic electrical safety tips.
Look up for power lines while moving tall equipment such as grain augars and other farm machinery.
To avoid coming in contact with power lines while loading or unloading irrigation pipe, never stack pipe under power lines. Always look up first before lifting pipes to remove small animals such as skunks or rabbits.
Never fly kites or model airplanes near power lines. If a kite does become entangled, contact your power company. Never try to remove the kite or plane yourself.
Never climb on substation fences or enter them. If an animal or a ball should ever enter the fence, call your power company. Stay Away!
Never climb trees or build tree houses in trees that are near power lines.
Never use a metal ladder near power lines. Always use a fiberglass ladder and maintain a safe distance from the lines.
Water and electricity don't mix! If you plan to use a hair dryer near your sink, make sure your hair dryer is equipped with a GFCI cord or that you are plugged into a GFCI outlet.
Never use a portable electric heater in a bathroom, and make sure that combustible materials are kept well away from heaters.
Perennial is a member of Safe Electricity. Safe Electricity is the award-winning, multi-media public awareness program of the Energy Education Council, a registered 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety and energy efficiency. Since 1952, the Council has provided a forum for diverse interests to come together on the mutually vital issues of electrical safety, efficiency, renewable energy and power quality. Headquartered at the University of Illinois, Council members include electric utilities, educators and other organizations that share in this mission. Read more
Call 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to digging, and your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Tell the operator where you're planning to dig, what type of work you will be doing and your affected local utilities companies will be notified about your intent to dig. In a few days, they'll send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, pipes and cables, so you'll know what's below - and be able to dig safely.
Remember, always call 811 before you start any digging project! You'll avoid injury, expense, embarrassment - and a very inconvenient day in the dark.
For more information on your local One Call Center, or to make an online request for utilities to be marked (where available), click here.