Stay Alert for Electric Safety Hazards

Dec. 16, 2015

Accidents happen all the time and can cost you your life. Using proper safety precautions is a matter of life and death.

“If we educate ourselves and our children, we can keep accidents to a minimum,” said Maxie Rozell, manager of safety, security and risk management at REC. “This time of year many people go outside to do projects around the house. Be alert for safety hazards.”

Follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Take time to inspect your holiday lights and extension cords before plugging them in. Check for cracks in cord insulation or socket. Look for places where the wires are bare or broken. Verify that all strings designated for outdoor use are weatherproofed lights and wires.
  • Keep your Christmas tree watered and fresh. Test the needles to make sure they are elastic and not dried out and brittle.
  • Look up to ensure you never place a ladder or other object near an overhead power line.
  • Never climb a power pole.
  • Don’t climb trees that are near power lines and poles.
  • In the event of a winter storm that causes power outages, stay far away from any downed power lines lying on the ground. Electricity could still be flowing through them.
  • Never attempt to move a power line out of the way or raise it for clearance.
  • Obey signs that say “danger”, “warning” and “keep out” around large electrical equipment, like substations.


If you notice a safety hazard around REC’s power lines or utilities, call REC at 1-800-552-3904.

REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.