Dakota Valley and Northern Plains Electric Cooperatives are trying to get the word out about farm safety before harvest begins. With the hurry of the short planing season, 23 accidents were reported in only four weeks (May 16-June 11) between the two cooperatives. Already this year, we’ve had 101 accidents. In all of last year, we had 105.
I’d like to say this year is just an anomaly, but unfortunately, it’s an alarming trend. Since 2009, we’ve seen an increase in accidents. I’m sure you already know, tangling with 7,200 volts can have serious and fatal consequences.
If you do run into wires, here’s what you do:
* CALL YOUR ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE: If it’s Northern Plains or Dakota Valley, the numbers are 1-800-882-2500 and 1-800-342-467, respectively.
* DON’T GET OUT: Unless there’s a risk of fire or imminent danger, stay put. If you must exit the vehicle, jump clear of it. Hop away with both feet together.
* HANDS OFF: Don’t touch any machine connected to a power line and keep others away until a lineman disconnects the service.
So as harvest begins, please remember: Look Up and Live. And call if you have questions or concerns: 1-800-342-467. We care about you. Come home safe