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Electric Safety

Electric Safety Information

Keep Away from Downed Power Lines
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.

Safety When the Power is Out
Keep a flash light, fresh batteries and a battery powered radio in an accessible spot for use if the power goes out. Turn off major appliances, electronics and your heating system; restart them when power is restored. Use surge protectors on computers and home electronics to prevent most damage from lightning or electric service disruptions. Do not operate lanterns, heaters or fuel-fired cook stoves without adequate ventilation.

Stand-by Generator Safety
Have your generator installed by a qualified electrician. It must be isolated from the power grid. Never connect the generator to an electrical outlet. Appliances should be connected directly to a portable generator.

Outdoor Safety
Keep ladders, tools, kites and yourself a minimum of 10 feet away from overhead power lines. When planting young trees, consider their mature size and make sure they will not encroach on power lines as they grow.

Meter Tampering is Hazardous
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 lineworkers. If you think there is a problem with your meter, please call CFU at (319) 266-1761.

Call Before You Dig
Iowa law requires everyone to contact Iowa One-Call at least 48 hours before digging on any property for any reason. The new 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 consumer.

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