WREA Safety Awareness One of WREA's most important goals is to educate and create awareness of the dangers of high-voltage power lines. WREA visits local schools and works with local law enforcement to keep its community safe. WREA makes many presentations with its high-voltage trailer throughout the year to demonstrate, first hand, the dangers of electricity. Schools, clubs, and local organizations can contact us to schedule a free electrical safety demonstration, put on by the White River safety committee.
Please Think Safety First
Electricity provides comfortand convenience – it literally powers our homes and businesses; But electricity also demands care and respect. It must be handled properly so we urge you to follow these safety suggestions.
- Never turn on an appliance when you’re on awet floor or in the bathtub or shower.
- If something seems wrong with an applianceor tool, or it gives you even the slightest shock,disconnect it, and have it repaired or replaced.
- Always disconnect tools and appliances before cleaning them.
- When disconnecting tools or appliances, do not pull on the cord; instead grasp the plug to pull it from the outlet.
- Do not run extension cords under rugs or flooring.
- Be sure that the size of your extension cord is adequate for the tool or appliance.
- Do not overload an outlet with too many plugs.
- Never touch or approach downed power lines.
- Always assume downed wires are energized and call White River Electric Association immediately at: 970-878-5041 – day or night.
- Keep ladders, antennas and all other tal lobjects away from power lines.
- Do not use electric tools near water or in the rain.
- Do not fly kites near electric lines. If a kite string gets caught in an electrical line, leave it alone and call White River Electric Association.
- Always call before you dig! The Utility Notification Center of Colorado can be reached at: 1-800-922-1987 or simply by dialing 8-1-1.
- Never adapt a three-pronged plug to an ungrounded, two-hole receptacle.
- Never climb a tree near electric wires.
- Never enter a substation or fenced enclosure that surrounds electrical equipment.
WREA Member Receives National Recognition for Safety
As part of it's National Safety campaign, SafeElectricity.com is highlighting White River Electric member Clint Shults and the FFA Horse Judging Team. In 2016, during a large spring storm, Shults and his FFA students were traveling to Rangley for a competition when a power line snapped from the weight of the snow and made contact with the school bus. Shults, other chaperones and the FFA team stayed calm and made all the right choices in order to keep everyone safe. WREA is PROUD to share this story and thanks Clint Shults and the FFA team for following power line safety guidelines.