Maintaining a safe distance from overhead or underground power lines, equipment, structures and substations is the most important way to stay safe and out of harm's way.

Staying a safe distance from downed lines and structures is critical after a storm or other event. Reporting downed lines to local law enforcement is always a good idea to aid in the the safety of others.

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Zero Contact Safe Work Practices 
• Personal protective equipment (gloves and sleeves)
• Application of personal grounds
• Application of proper insulating material
• Proper use of clearance procedures
• To “speak up” and not accept, or walk by, a shortcut to safe work
• Slow down and perform effective job planning on all work assignments

  • Consider all wires ENERGIZED and dangerous. Even lines that are de-energized may become energized at any time.
  • Transmission wires carry higher voltages than distribution wires.  Stay at least 20 feet away from any wire.
  • Electricity can travel through the ground. Therefore, a live wire touching the ground can harm you even if you don't touch the wire.
  • Electricity can also travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or near any wire.
  • Never use any object to move a wire.
  • If a broken power line should fall on your vehicle: Stay inside the vehicle until help arrives, as your car may be energized. Warn others not to touch the vehicle and have them call 911 for help.  If you must leave the vehicle, jump as far away as possible with both feet landing on the ground at the same time.  DO NOT touch the vehicle and ground at the same time.
  • If someone makes contact with a downed power line, don't try to rescue them because you also risk becoming a victim. Instead, call 911.

No Accidents

Keeping your business or home cooled, heated and lighted with affordable, reliable and SAFE electrical energy, that is our goal.

This Touchstone Energy Cooperative video highlights the safe ways to use energy.  Safe use of energy is the best use of energy.

Safety Web Sites

Visit the following web sites for information on safety for you, your family, friends and neighbors.

Missouri One Call System (Dig Rite - Call 811 before you dig!)

e-SMARTkids (Energy Education Council - Resources for Kids, Teachers & Parents)

Touchstone Energy (Safety Information & Videos)

OSHA Poles & Lines (U.S. Department of Labor Safety Information)

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PO Box 670
Poplar Bluff, MO 63902-0670

4169 Highway PP
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
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Phone: (573) 785-9651
Fax: (573) 785-9653


Missouri One Call (Dig Rite)
Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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