Your safety is our priority.
Because we care about the safety of you and your family, Heartland Power Cooperative is active in the educating about and promoting electrical safety.
Our Top 10 list of electrical safety tips:
10. Keep all objects (ladders, farm equipment) at least 10 feet away from power lines.
9. Be aware of power line locations when moving farm equipment and know what to do if you come in contact with lines.
8. Never attempt to move or raise electric lines; instead, call Heartland Power for assistance.
7. Do not attempt to remove items (fallen tree branches, kites, etc.) from power lines.
6. Plant trees at least 30 feet away from power lines so the tree won't eventually grow into the lines.
5. Install and repair electrical outlets and appliances using precautions and safety measures, including shutting off power (and testing to be sure power is off), safety equipment and tools, and/or hiring a licensed electrician to do the job.
4. Follow safety procedures if your equipment or vehicle comes in contact with a power line: 1) try to drive out from under it if you can or 2) stay in place and have someone call for help immediately or 3) if you must leave the vehicle: jump clear without making contact with the ground and vehicle at the same time.
3. Read and follow all safety instructions that come with appliances you purchase and use.
2. Have a family plan outlining what to do in case of electrical emergency. For example, call 911 for injuries or electrical fires, and stay away from downed power lines.
1. Call Heartland Power Cooperative immediately if you see an electrical hazard. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. Call our Thompson office at 641-584-2251 or 800-584-9732 or our St. Ansgar office at 641-713-4965 or 800-349-2832. 641-713-4965