Keeping Our Members
and Communities Safe
Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative cares about the safety of our member-owners. Providing education and training to people in the communities in which we live and serve is one step towards helping keep those members safe. Find out more about several safety and education programs sponsored by NVREC.
Electrical Safety Resources
Farming is among the most dangerous occupations for several reasons, including potential for encounters with electrical hazards. Children are vulnerable to many of the same hazards as adults who live or work on farms, but they are far less capable of understanding those hazards. Although parents cannot completely child-proof a farm, they need to make it as safe as possible. Here are ways to minimize exposure to common farm hazards for children under age eight, and several good safety practices that will provide back-up protection for them.
Cracking Down on Copper Theft
Copper theft is no small concern: Stealing $5 to $10 worth of copper can cause thousands of dollars in damage to electric co-op equipment and trigger power outages as repairs are made.
Electrical Safety for Kids
Accidents kill more children than disease, kidnapping, and drugs combined. Each year, an estimated 300 people under age 19 die and approximately 24,000 (65 every day) are seriously hurt on our nation's farms. The rate of death is higher in agriculture than in mining, construction, or the timber industry, and children who live on farms may be exposed to dangers 24 hours a day. In Iowa, at least one out of every five farm injuries is to a child. The most common causes of these injuries are from slips and falls, animals, farm machinery, and all-terrain vehicles.
Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical safety principles and adhering to safe practices. ESFI has developed a number of resources to help educate homeowners, consumers, older adults, and children.
College Dorm Safety
Sending a child off to college is an exciting time – it can also be unsettling. Parents worry about their child’s new responsibilities, academic success, new friends and about their child’s safety. Here are some steps parents and guardians can take to make sure the dorm room or apartment of a student is up-to-snuff when it comes to electrical safety.
NECAS - Rescue Programs
Like any business, agriculture can be financially set back by safety violations, injuries, illnesses and deaths. NECAS offers safety education and proactive programs to help prevent incidents that affect your agribusiness safety and welfare.