Plan for a Safe and Happy July Fourth

The month of July is a favorite time for many of us. It's the middle of summer, the kids are out of school and, of course, we observe Independence Day! Many of us celebrate our nation's independence with grilled burgers and hot dogs, homemade ice cream and other sweet treats-and, needless to say, fireworks. It's a perfect time for fellowship with family and friends. But at Wood County Electric Cooperative, we also want to make sure our members focus on safety.

Nothing says Independence Day like a spectacular fireworks display. The safest
way to enjoy this  is to head to a local fireworks show. But if you are planning to put on your own show at home (and you've confirmed it's legal and there
are no burn bans), be sure to follow these safety tips:
  • Always follow the instructions on the fireworks' packaging and never give fireworks to children.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure to wear protective eyewear when lighting fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a "dud."
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
Cookouts are also a great way to bring folks together on the Fourth. Whether you're
grilling in your backyard or at a community park, make sure your feast includes a
generous portion of fun and a side helping of safety. Remember to:
  • Supervise your grill at all times and use the proper tools for cooking on a grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when the coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturers' instructions when using grills.
Fireworks and cookouts wouldn't be complete without a sunny day. Here's hoping
we have good weather, and if we do, make sure you are practicing sun safety by
using a broad-spectrum sunscreen (and reapplying often), wearing sunglasses and
drinking plenty of water.
 Safety Tips
Steer Clear of Power Lines 
Look up to keep outdoor chores safe
You teach your kids to stay far away from power lines while they're playing outdoors. Heed that advice when you're working in the yard or on the roof, too. Contact with a live wire can damage your equipment. Worse, if you happen to be touching the equipment when it touches the wire, you could be electrocuted. 
Here are a few outdoor safety tips to keep you and power lines from 
  • Don't move a ladder or any tall equipment within 15 feet of any power line. A ladder that tips over should easily clear the wire.
  • Assume every wire is live. Do not assume the wire is a phone or cable line. Call your electric cooperative to make absolutely sure.
  • Never touch a branch if it is touching a wire. Report the situation to your electric cooperative and keep everyone away from it until help arrives.
  • Don't work outdoors in the rain. You could slip and fall, causing your ladder or equipment-or yourself-to topple onto a power line.
  For more safety tips visit our Safety & Consumer Tips 
Energy Efficiency Tips 

Don't let summer heat burn your budget. When home, set your thermostat to 78. Going out for the day? Turn your thermostat up 10-15 degrees to cut your electricity bill by up to 15%.  
 For more energy efficiency tips visit our Energy Savings Center .