REC Urges Safe Hunting

Sept.. 29, 2016

Hunting season is underway, and REC has important tips for hunters to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

"We want all of our members, as well as employees, to have a safe and enjoyable hunting season," said Maxie Rozell, manager of safety, security and risk management at REC. "These tips may seem like common sense, but even the most veteran of hunters can benefit from a reminder. You can never be too cautious."

  • Shooting at utility facilities - wires, poles and insulators - is dangerous, jeopardizes everyone's power and is a felony in Virginia.
  • Never attempt to shoot through the wires or at anything that may be on the wires or poles.
  • Gunshot damage to electric equipment can cause an electrical arc or cause wires to fall, with a high risk of serious injury or death.
  • If you notice a downed wire or other unsafe condition along the power lines, stay away, keep others away, and immediately notify REC or your local 911 center.

REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., 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.