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Be prepared for lightning and the storm season

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Florida is the lightning capital of the country, and lightning can wreak havoc on an electrical distribution system. WREC is proud to report in 2014 our system was reliable 99.979% of the time, and this could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of your Cooperative’s employees. As storm season approaches we would like to provide you with some basic electric safety tips!

  • Be aware of your surroundings, look for power lines and assess your environment for potential problems.
  • Power lines should be considered energized and dangerous.
  • Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the Cooperative immediately.
  • Do not place antennas, swings, sheds, trees, boats, etc. near power lines.
  • Do not trim trees next to power lines.
  • Call 48 hours before you dig to have underground facilities located.
  • Never climb trees around power lines.
  • Make sure you keep a safe distance from power lines when flying a kite or model airplane.
  • Do not enter or play near substations and power transformers.
  • Seek shelter immediately when a storm is approaching
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