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Help make sure policymakers and candidates represent the interests of rural Iowa!
Iowa Rural Power is a grassroots campaign run by member-consumers of Iowa’s electric cooperatives. We power more than 650,000 member’s homes, businesses, and farms across all 99 counties!
We are advocating for safe, affordable, reliable electricity — delivered in an environmentally responsible manner as well as a bright and continuous economic future for our state and the members on our grid.
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For Iowa’s locally owned and governed electric cooperatives, the safety of member-consumers and employees is always our top priority. At the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, the Safety & Loss Control department works diligently to develop a proactive safety culture at your local co-op, but it’s also important for you to be proactive at home. Talk to your family about the dangers of electricity, especially around water. Remind them that you can’t see, hear or smell electricity so they should always assume that a wire or power line is energized and dangerous. Here are some additional safety tips:
Downed power lines
Storms or accidents can sometimes cause power lines to fall to the ground. Assume any wire lying on the ground is carrying electricity and stay away from it. If you spot a downed wire, immediately call your local police and your electric co-op. Keep others from getting near the downed wire until help arrives. Never attempt to drive over a downed power line.
Never touch a person or object that is in contact with a power line or you may also be electrocuted; go get help immediately.
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