MEC's CEO at Safety Summit
Toys For Tots
Winter Safety Tips
Winter Weather Precautions
tips for portable space heaters
• Keep drapes, newspapers, clothing and
other combustibles a safe distance away.
• Plug portable space heaters directly into
the outlet. Do not use extension cords or
• Always put heaters
where they can’t be tipped over easily.
Do not use heaters in wet, moist areas, such
as bathrooms unless they are specifically
built for that purpose.
• Make sure that
the plug of the heater fits snugly in the
outlet. A worn out outlet can overheat.This
can cause a fire.
• Do not run cords
under rugs or carpet. Doing so can cause the
cord to overheat and start a fire.
Broken heaters should be checked and
repaired by a qualified appliance service
• Don’t use space heaters in
rooms where children are unsupervised.
Children may stick their fingers or other
objects through the protective guards,
causing burns or shock.
• Turn off space
heaters and unplug when not in use.
risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
• Have your chimney inspected by a
professional every year.
• Be sure to
open the damper for proper ventilation when
using your fireplace.
• Make sure
appliances are installed and operated
according to the manufacturer’s instructions
and applicable codes.
heating appliances should be inspected and
serviced by a certified professional every
• Never use your oven, range,
stovetop or clothes dryer to heat your home.
• Never use barbecue grills (gas or
charcoal) inside your home or garage.
Only use portable generators outside in
well-vented areas away from windows and
• Never use a portable generator
in any part of your home.
• If you will
be using a portable generator outside your
home, be sure to install battery-operated
carbon monoxide (CO) alarms or plug-in CO
alarms with battery backup inside the home.
• Only use battery-powered lights in tents
and recreational vehicles like trailers,
motor homes and boats.
• Never use
fuel-burning camping equipment inside an
• Keep dryer, furnace,
stove and fireplace vents clear of snow
during and after snowstorms.
• Check and
make sure that your vehicle tailpipe is not
blocked by snow or ice.
Don’t “Toy” With Your
Did Santa bring you
or the kids a drone or other
air-borne toy for Christmas? Flying
remote-controlled devices is a great
way to have fun, but accidentally
making contact with a power line or
other electrical equipment can be
dangerous . . . and in some cases,
Be sure to remember
that when you are playing outdoors
with these specialized toys,
keep a safe distance from power
lines, substations and other
equipment that your electric
cooperative uses to bring
electricity to your home. Never
climb trees near power lines to
retrieve your toy.
If you get
something stuck in a power line or
substation, call us.
Emergency Phone Number
Keep your remote-controlled device a
safe distance from
lines, substations and other
|Safety Tips To Keep In Mind
owners manual thoroughly!! When a
generator is not installed properly, it
can "back feed" through the transformer
and produce an output of 7,200 volts on
the distribution line. This could injure
you, your neighbors or utility crews
working on the line.
your generator from the co-op's power
lines---connect appliances, etc…
directly to the generator with the
appropriate sized cords.
connect the generator directly through
your home's wiring, be sure a
double-throw or transfer switch has been
installed to separate it from the
co-op's system. The switch must be equal
to the size of the service, not the
rating of the generator (i.e. if the
service is 200 amps, the switch must be
to refuel the generator while it is
adequate ventilation and air-cooling to
prevent overheating and the accumulation
of toxic exhaust fumes.
install the generator in a basement,
attached garage, or any closed area. The
exhaust gases from the generator contain
carbon monoxide, an invisible, odorless,