Manager’s Message – March 2021
Spring is on the Way: Call Before You Dig
Spring is almost here! I so enjoy the transition from winter to spring. I am excited to see the flowers start to bloom, green grass, birds chirping, and longer days ahead.
With the weather starting to warm up and the trees and shrubs beginning to bloom, many of us are working on those outdoor projects we have been eager to start. Sometimes we can let our enthusiasm overshadow basic safety and common sense.
First, plan your work and then work your plan. Check your surroundings both high and low. Be aware of overhead power lines when trimming trees and shrubs. If you’re digging holes for new fence posts or to plant trees or shrubs, ask yourself where possible underground wires may be. It is important you do not nick or cut them with a shovel or pick.
If you are unsure about the location of underground wires, please take a minute and call 811 before you dig. The process is quick, easy, and, more importantly, free! When you call 811, you are connected to the One Call Center closest to your area. The call center takes your information and notifies Northern Lights of your request. A qualified professional is dispatched from the co-op to identify and mark the location of underground power lines before you dig. To ensure your job stays on schedule, please call a few days before you are ready to dig. Knowing what’s below ground will protect you, your family, and your neighbors.
It’s just as important to be aware of overhead power lines in your area. Look up before moving irrigation pipes, using a ladder, installing a new antenna or flagpole, or moving large trucks, trailers, or heavy equipment.
For indoor projects that involve wiring and electrical fixtures, make sure you always turn the power off at the breaker panel to avoid getting shocked.
Please take proper precautions as you begin your springtime chores.
Cheers to spring!