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Safety and Education

Your safety is our priority

Because we care about the safety of you and your family, Grundy County REC is active in educating about and promoting electrical safety. We provide educational programs, have developed a number of safety web sites, and have tips to share with you. Read on for information and links that may be of interest to you and your family. And, of course, you can always contact us for more information on any of these topics.

We offer educational and safety programs:
Grundy County REC is active in the promotion of electrical safety and education. Cooperative employees participate in Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camps and electrical safety demonstrations at area schools.

  • If you would like to schedule an electrical safety demonstration or talk, contact Mike Geerdes at (800) 390-7605 or (319) 824-5297.
  • There are specific clearances for electric lines near grain bins. Please contact Rod Curren (800) 390-7605 before you build a new grain bin or building or add to an existing site.

We offer online resources:

  • Touchstone Energy Kids Zone This site is a cool place for kids to learn about electricity, energy savings and electrical safety.
  • Kids Korner  Explore energy sources, efficiency, and safety, and perform experiments, try out activities, and play games.
  • Electrical Safety Foundation International  For electrical safety awareness and education.
  • Energy Kid's Page Check out information about renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, learn about recycling and why it's important, and find some great jokes, energy slang, and activity pages.
  • Safe This site includes tips, news articles, videos, teacher materials, and much more.
  • Energized Learning  This site offers information for middle and high school students, teachers, and parents.
  • National Food and Energy Council  Information on grain bin clearances. If you are planning to install a grain bin, check out this resource to help you plan for electrical safety. We have additional information in our article on Grain Bin Safety
  • Iowa One Call. If you are planning on doing any building or landscaping, you will need to call Iowa One Call at least 48 hours prior to any digging. This allows your local utilities to mark any underground wires, etc. This is for your safety and will help to eliminate interruption of service. The number is toll-free: (800) 292-8989 or visit Iowa One Call

Safety Rules:
Electricity is a very safe energy source but it is important to follow proper safety procedures to avoid injury. The following are some safety rules to always remember:

  • Look up when working with tall equipment such as fold-up planters, grain augers, CB antennas on tractors or ladders.
  • Teach children not to fly kites near power lines, never climb utility poles or play near substations.
  • Don’t use electric tools in the rain or on wet surfaces.
  • If your equipment does come in contact with an electric line, first try to drive out from under it. If that isn’t possible, stay put and have someone call Grundy County REC immediately. If you must leave your tractor (or car), JUMP CLEAR so you won’t make contact with the ground and vehicle at the same time.
  • Stay away from Grundy County REC equipment, which includes poles, guy wires, substations, underground transformers, and trucks working on lines.
  • Stay away and keep other away from fallen power lines (including telephone and cable TV lines). Call Grundy County REC immediately if you see downed lines.
  • Keep all objects away from power lines. Ladders, antennas, and kites can be fatal when they contact a “hot” power line.
  • Never touch a person who is in contact with a live power line.
  • Plant trees away from overhead power lines and underground transformers.
  • Don’t build or construct anything under overhead power lines.
  • When doing any digging (18 inches or deeper) you must call Iowa One Call at least 48 hours before work begins. This is so that utilities can mark all underground utilities. Iowa One Calls number is (800) 292-8989.
  • When you see our crews and equipment along roadsides, slow down and proceed with care.
  • If someone comes to your home as a Grundy County REC employee, ask for identification, and look for our logo on the vehicle.

Additional resources on safety: 
Farm Safety 4 Just Kids
Farm safety awareness for children
National Fire Protection Association 
Fact sheets on electrical safety