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Safety


Keep flags away from power lines! LREC Employees Complete Line Design and Staking Certification


There are many who fly the Stars


and Stripes everyday from a flag holder attached to the house. Some want her to fly higher and they go the extra step of installing a flagpole in the yard.


Lake Region Electric Coopera- While showing your


patriotism, do not let safety take a backseat. Look up and look around you to keep yourself and your help- ers safe from electrocution while in- stalling the flagpole. In southern Illinois last Septem-


ber, a man and his stepson were both electrocuted while relocat- ing a flagpole in the father’s yard. The flagpole fell across power lines and they became the path to ground for the electricity. In another tragic accident, a 23 year-old Iraqi war veteran and Loui- siana police officer was killed as he and his brothers were erect- ing a homemade flagpole. The youngest brother tried to warn him that the pole was coming close to the electric wires, but it was too late. The pole touched the lines and he was electrocuted. If you are planning to install or relocate a flag pole, keep these safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission in mind; • Power lines and phone lines often appear similar. Assume all overhead wires carry electricity. • Never work on a windy day - a gust of wind can cause a pole to shift and touch an overhead wire.


• Never place a pole where it could fall into an overhead line. • If the pole should start to fall into an overhead line, let it go. Never try to move it. Stay away and warn others to stay back, but do not leave the area unattended. Have someone call the power company to ensure the electric line is de-energized before mov- ing the flagpole. • If someone is holding the pole when it contacts the overhead


line, never try to pull them away with your hands. Use some- thing that does not conduct electricity.


Board of Trustees


Gary Cooper ....................................Pres. Bobby Mayfield ........................Vice Pres. Jim Loftin ..............................Secr.-Treas. Jack Teague ..................Asst Secr.-Treas. Kenneth Shankle ....................... Member Lynn Lamons ............................. Member Scott Manes .............................. Member Staff


Hamid Vahdatipour ..........................CEO Ben McCollum ..................Dir. of Finance Martin Walls ..................Dir. of Operations Stanley Young ................Dir. of Marketing Larry Mattes ...................................Editor Tina Glory-Jordan .......................Attorney


LREC Powerline Press


tive’s Staking Technicians, Mike Reagan and Dwayne Rogers have completed a Line Design and Stak- ing Certification training program. This training program is coordinat- ed through Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) in Oklahoma City. The program provided significant training for electric utility operations and engi- neering personnel. The training program is made


Mike Reagan


up of three levels. Dwayne Rogers has completed the week long level two training and Mike Reagan has completed his level one training and they both have passed their certification exams. The training and exam consists of safety pro- cedures, using the scale, compass calculations, pole specifications, assembly numbering, NESC basics, ruling span, angle loads, anchor and guy loads and transformer and secondary sizing. This training program is designed to educate and equip LREC’s staking technicians to design electrical distri- bution facilities to adequately serve the members. The course leads to a certification as a qualified staking techni- cian. The completion certification will be awarded to these employees once they accomplish all three levels and dem- onstrate a working knowledge of the material and com- pletion of the certification exams. This is one way LREC is striving for excellent service, by having the most well trained employees working for you, the members.


Dwayne Rogers


Office Hours Monday-Friday


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Telephone


800-364-LREC or 918-772-2526 Website:


www.lrecok.coop Locations


Hulbert, Wagoner & Tahlequah, OK. Main Office Address P.O. Box 127 Hulbert, OK 74441


Hidden Account Number


Look for your account number hidden in this issue of the Powerline Press. If you find your number, Lake Region Electric will credit your next bill. To claim your credit, notify LREC’s Hulbert office by phone or mail during the month of publication.


The amount increases by $10 with each issue your prize goes unclaimed to a maxi- mum of $50.


For more information, call 800-364-LREC or 918-772-2526


Cooperative bylaws are available upon request at Lake Region Electric Coopera- tive’s office in Hulbert.


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