June Message from the Manager
Look up. Look down. Look around.
Safety. In the business of electricity, we can never talk enough about safety.
With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some things to keep in mind when working near power lines and other electrical facilities.
Check areas around your property carefully for overhead power lines, utility poles, pad-mount transformers, and underground cabinets.
Make sure you, your family, and employees know the location of overhead power lines, and use routes to avoid the lines when moving equipment. Do this every year, as equipment sizes and soil conditions may change.
Avoid moving large equipment alone. Have someone watch as you move equipment to ensure you are clear of power lines.
Electrical lines may also be underground. If you are planning an outdoor project that requires digging, always call 8-1-1 first. Utility companies will locate the underground lines they own. If you have private electrical lines buried around your home, contact a qualified person to locate these lines as well.
Damage to cooperative-owned lines, poles, and other equipment can create dangerous situations, unnecessary power outages for you and other members, and cost the membership of the co-op a significant amount of money.
Once again, I encourage you to be aware of power lines and other electrical equipment around your property. Look up. Look down. Look around. If you notice something potentially unsafe, give us a call.
While looking around, check your mailbox for your capital credit check! The Board of Directors voted to retire $1 million in Cooperative capital credits allocated to members receiving service in 2013 and nearly $300,000 in Generation and Transmission (G&T) capital credits retired to BDEC in 2019 and 2020 for power purchased by the co-op from 2003 through 2007.
Until next time,