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Electrical Safety

Nothing is more important than the safety of our members. Electricity has become such a necessary part of our lives that we tend to take it for granted, but using it safely is vitally important. Thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their own homes each year.

Learn more from SafeElectricity.Org and the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Your electric co-op is the expert when it comes to power line safety!

Look Up And Live!

Our line workers undertake extensive and ongoing safety training, use special equipment and wear personal protective devices when working around power lines.The best safety message for the general public is to NEVER touch a power line. You should stay at least 10 feet away from a power line at all times.

In fact, the Missouri Overhead Power Line Safety Act of the state statute requires you to make special arrangements with the utility whenever you have a need to work within 10 feet of our power lines in any direction. We will work with you to ensure your safety, either by de-energizing and grounding the line or taking other protective measures before you start your work.

Don't forget about safety before you dig!

Generator Safety

Some people have special needs that require an emergency source of electric generation in case of an extended power outage. If your service needs include having a portable generator, Crawford Electric requires the use of special safety equipment before the generator can be connected as your home's power source.

The transfer switch allows you to connect a portable generator to the electrical system in your home without any potential back-feed of electricity to the utility lines. Without this safety device, back-feed from your generator could seriously injure or kill a line worker. The transfer switch also will eliminate potential damage to your connected electrical equipment when utility power is restored.

Crawford Electric offers a special meter base that includes a transfer switch for members who have portable generators. For the service connect fee indicated below, the co-op will install and maintain this unit. The meter base/transfer switch remains the property of the cooperative.

100-amp = $350
200-amp = $475
320-amp = $1,150


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