DIYers: How Safe is Your Workshop?

Be sure to make these tips standard in your workshop:

- Inspect tools before using them

- Inspect cords and plugs for signs of wear

- Ensure cords aren't a tripping hazard

- Use the right tool for the job

- Use heavy-duty properly-rated extension cords without any damage

- Use a clamp to secure whatever you're working on

- Make sure your area is well-lit

- Wear the proper clothing and protection for the task

- Keep floors and areas as clean and dry as possible

Winter Storm Safety Tips

Indiana weather can be unpredictable, especially during the winter months. That’s why you should prepare for dangerous situations before a storm hits.

It is especially important to develop a plan for prolonged power outages during these harsh months. Heavy snows, freezing rain, and ice storms can all create electrical hazards. 

“Being safe around electricity is something you should focus on year-round,” said John Gasstrom, CEO at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Indiana winters can bring a whole slew of dangerous hazards, especially where power lines are concerned.” 

Hunt What's in Season

Hunting season brings outdoorsmen of all skill levels and experience into rural Indiana, often to unfamiliar areas. While most hunters follow safe hunting practices, Indiana’s electric cooperatives remind all those afield to be mindful of their surroundings and to be aware of electric power lines and equipment in the air and electrical equipment on the ground.

Winter Storm Safety

Snow on Trees and Ground

Indiana weather can be unpredictable, especially during the winter months. That’s why you should prepare for dangerous situations before a storm hits. It is crucial to develop a plan for prolonged power outages during these harsh months. Heavy snows, freezing rain, and ice storms can all create electrical hazards. 
“Being safe around electricity is something you should focus on year-round,” said Dana Cochran, Director of Marketing at Hendricks Power. “Indiana winters can bring a whole slew of dangerous hazards, especially where power lines are concerned.” 

Debunking Myths About Electricity

Power Lines at Sunset

When it comes to electricity, what you don’t know can kill you. Unfortunately, sometimes we think we’ve got the facts when what we really know are popular myths perpetuated by social media, movie exaggerations, and unreliable sources. 

“That old saying ‘knowledge is power’ is very true, especially when electric power is involved,” Chris Gearld, Safety Director and Property Manager at Hendricks Power, said. “That’s why we take every opportunity we can to educate our consumers, young people, and other folks in the community about electric safety