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Follow these tips to stay safe around electricity no matter the situation. Consider all lines, including downed power lines, to be live and dangerous.
Stay away from downed power lines and anything downed lines may be touching. Report fallen lines immediately to CFU by calling 319-268-6999. 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 and always follow these safety tips.
Have your generator installed by a qualified electrician. It must be isolated from the power grid. 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 repair the lines.
It is important to practice power line safety while outdoors.
Tampering with an electric meter is both dangerous and illegal. Touching an energized meter could cause serious injury or death. Meter tampering can cause danger to your family and to CFU line workers. If you think there is a problem with your meter, please call CFU customer service weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 319-268-5280.
Iowa law requires everyone to contact Iowa One Call at least 48 hours before digging on any property for any reason. The toll-free One Call number is 811. One Call will arrange to have the location of all underground services marked on the surface before excavation takes place. Locating services through One Call are provided at no cost to the customer.
Requests can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 811 or 1-800-292-8989 or online at iowaonecall.com.
Before you dig, be sure to call Iowa One Call. It's the law and it helps keep you safe. Contact One Call 48 hours prior to excavating. Projects include (but are not limited to) installing a fence, plant a tree, building a deck or putting in a new driveway.