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Our Commitment to Safety

Great Lakes Energy is committed to electrical safety. We follow industry standards and work hard to provide safe working conditions and ample safety training for employees.

Our safety culture emphasizes education, awareness, accountability and respect at all times and plays a key role in Great Lakes Energy’s ability to look out for its members.

Emergency situations

Be aware of damage to our power lines during storms:

  • Assume all downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Lines that are de-energized can become energized at any time. Report the downed wire to Great Lakes Energy and remain a safe distance away.
  • In addition to not touching a power line, do not touch a person or object that is touching a power line.
  • If someone touches a power line and is injured, call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to help the victim because you could be injured or killed.
  • Remain inside the vehicle and call for help if a power line falls across it. If the vehicle is on fire, exit without touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. In other words, jump clear of the vehicle with both feet at once then quickly take short, shuffling steps to escape the danger. Keep your feet on the ground as you shuffle away.

If you purchase a backup generator, a licensed electrician should wire it safely into your home. An improperly wired generator can be deadly to your family and to the Great Lakes Energy lineworkers working to restore your power. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safely installing and operating the unit.

Non-emergency situations

  • Home wiring that is old, overloaded or outdated can be dangerous. Have it checked by a licensed electrician.
  • Conduct regular safety checks in your home such as testing smoke alarms.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s safety warnings when operating any type of electric space heater.
  • Beware of power lines when working near the home. Keep ladders a safe distance away from overhead lines and know where underground lines are located before doing any digging.

For more on electrical safety, visit www.safeelectricity.org

Great Lakes Energy provides free electrical safety demonstrations to schools, fire departments and road commissions within its service area. Learn more.

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