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Grain bins can be dangerous places to work, but proper precautions can help keep everyone safe. PHOTO/USDA


COMING UP in Kiwash Country


Electrical Safety Around Grain Elevators


seasoned farm hands. Always keep these safety tips in mind:


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Entrapment can happen in a second when dealing with grain, which often is compared to quick sand. This is leading cause of death in storage bins.


• Do not enter grain bins during active loading and unloading times


• Never work alone • Make sure to wear proper safety equipment


Fires/explosions


When grain dust accumulates, it can sometimes create the right conditions to spark a fire. These fires are difficult to stop and usually end with a large explosion.


Be sure your ventilation system is working properly:


• Clean regularly to keep grain dust accumulations to a minimum


orking around grain bins creates hazards that are often overlooked by even the most


• Do not smoke or ignite any other open flames while in the grain bin


Moldy air


Mold, fungi, and chemical fumes from decayed grains can create a deadly atmosphere.


• Store fully dried grain at the proper moisture


• Wear a mask or filter respirator to limit the amount of direct contact to the fumes


• Try to keep animal and insect infestations to a minimum


Machine malfunctions Machines also pose deadly risks, including amputation, entanglement, and electrocution.


• Do not operate these machines while inside the bins


• Ensure that all equipment is properly guarded


• Be on the lookout for overhead power lines


• Check for frayed cables • Always wear safety belts or some form of protection


For additional safety information or to report an unsafe electrical situation, please call Kiwash Electric at 888-832-3362, or visit us online at www.kiwash.coop.


Did you miss the Kiwash Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting? Find photos of the 75th anniversary event on our Facebook page. Kiwash Electric's Facebook page is a great way to interact with fellow members and co-op employees, get updates on outages, and stay up on co-op events and services. Please pay us a visit— we hope you "like" it!!


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Labor Day. Kiwash Electric Cooperative closed for the holiday. To report an outage, please call 800-832-3362.


Custer County Free Fair, Clinton.


Kiowa County Free Fair Fairgrounds, Hobart


Merriweather and Culpepper Circus Weatherford, 580-772-7744


3rd Annual Windfest w/BBQ, entertainment, vendors, live music, rock wall, dunk tank, inflatables, special guests, and more. Weatherford. 580-772-7744


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Pumpkin Palooza and Pumpkin Chunkin' Festival, Courthouse Square, Hobart.


10-12 Great Plains Amusement Carnival Weatherford


Cordell Pumpkin Festival SUBMISSION DETAILS:


Kiwash Electric Cooperative promotes local festivals, rodeos, fairs and other events in our monthly newsletter, the Kilowatt. Calendar listings are free.


Please send details to: Lisa Willard, Kiwash Electric, PO Box 100, Cordell, OK 73632, or send e-mail to: lwillard@kiwash.coop. Please send event listings by the 10th of the month prior to publication.


If you have questions about submitting a event, or need to speak with a Kiwash representative about other matters, please call 888-832-3362, or visit www.kiwash.coop.


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