Practice Safe Utility Habits this Winter

Winter is quickly approaching as are the challenges winter weather brings. Help us keep your family and our crews safe by practicing safe utility habits.

Safe Utility Habits

Stay away from downed power lines and anything downed lines may be touching.

Ice and wind from a winter storm can damage power lines. Report fallen lines immediately to CFU by calling 319-268-6999 and be sure to stay at least 35 feet away. 

If you are in a vehicle that comes into contact with a downed line, stay in the vehicle until help arrives.

Be prepared for power outages. 

Use surge protectors on home electronics to prevent damage from service disruptions.

Download the CFU2Go app from your app store and set up your account so you are ready to quickly report an outage should 
the need arise. Learn more at

If your power is out, do not operate gas lanterns, heaters or cook stoves without adequate ventilation. If you have a portable generator, always run it outdoors and away from doors, windows and air vents. 

Never connect generators to an electrical outlet. Have standby generators installed by a qualified electrician. 

If your generator is not connected properly, electricity could backfeed power lines during an outage, causing a dangerous situation for our line crews who are working to make repairs.

Keep meters and a path clear. 

Snow and ice can also present a safety hazard for your utility meters. 

Meter readers need access each month and quick access in an emergency can be critical for your safety.

Heavy or hard-packed snow and ice on your gas meter may block the vent which can cut gas flow to appliances and may even cause a gas leak. Use a broom to gently sweep snow away and never kick or hit the gas meter or its piping to break away ice.