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Electrical Safety & Tree Trimming

Willie Wiredhand reminds you that electricity, your most helpful servant, deserves a lot of respect. If not respected, it can be a killer. Please heed the following precautions:

Electrical Safety
  • Look up and live! Consider any overhead line dangerous and keep objects at least ten (10) feet away. It's the law!
  • Place plug covers on electrical outlets and make sure cords and appliances are out of children's reach.
  • Teach children to recognize “Danger—High Voltage” signs, and to stay away from power lines, substations, and pad-mounted transformers.
  • Flying kites and climbing trees must be done away from power lines.
  • Do not attempt to raise or move overhead power lines yourself—call MCREA to assist.
  • Call before you dig! Click here for more information.
  • Never go near a downed power line on foot or in a vehicle. It may still be energized. Click here for more on this from
  • Keep all appliances, especially hair dryers, curling irons, and radios away from bath tubs, sinks, puddles, and wet hands. Always unplug appliances before cleaning.
  • Never remove the third prong of a plug-in. It is a ground wire and there for your protection.

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Tree trimming

Tree trimming is a major expense for your co-op and ultimately for you. Plantings which interfere with overhead or underground electrical service create problems for all concerned. If in doubt, please call first!


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