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Safety/Beat The Peak


Tackle Home Projects Safely


Do-it-yourself (DIY) offers a great way to save money and learn new skills. But before you tackle that home improvement project you saw online or on cable TV, practice these safety measures to avoid injury while getting game-winning results. Score points with safety equipment


Just like a helmet and pads are required on a football field, safety items are essential for DIY tasks. Read and follow directions on every power tool you use. Wearing eye and ear protection and gloves, as well as tying back loose hair and securing loose clothing, are all important to keeping you safe. If renting a tool, ask the store for safety tips.


Look up, down, and all around


For outside projects, first check the area where you will be working. Identify potential hazards and take time to avoid or correct any problems. Don’t forget to look up for power lines, and avoid using long poles or ladders within 10 ft. of overhead wires.


Will your project involve any digging? Call 811 before you dig even if you think you know where underground lines may be. The 811 service will mark all underground lines in your area for free before you start work.


Avoid the blitz Water and electricity don’t mix, so avoid running cords through wet areas. Inspect cords for fraying or damage before use, and be sure out- lets can handle any extra load from power tools. Overloading outlets can lead to more than a shock: Fire hazards may result from demanding too much from an electrical system. Be honest with yourself If a job seems like it might be too much to handle, leave it to a professional. Take into consideration heavy lifting, expensive tools that will only be used once, and whether you really have the time. That way, you won’t be tempted to skip safety measures.


For more safety advice around the home, visit www.safe- tyathome.com. 1104101


Call your co-op and ask about Heat Pump Rebates at 1-800-535-1079.


Energy Efficient Changes Help Conserve Usage Help make a difference by implementing energy efficient changes in your home or busi- ness. And, this difference can be even more crucial during times that are considered to be high usage periods – or peak times. Through reducing energy


usage in your home during peak load times of the summer months, you can help out your electric cooperative. Peak load times are considered to be between 3 and 7 p.m. on hot summer afternoons. This time frame is typically


w h e n people a r e getting h o m e f r o m w o r k , turning up the air conditioner and run- ning other appliances as well.


Ways to get the alert:


Like our page on Facebook to view our daily post. Follow us on Twitter or view our Website on extremely hot days at www.kayelectric.coop. Listen to 100.7, 99.3 & 105.1 FM and 1120 & 1580 AM Radio Sta- tions this summer.


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