Safety Tips

Safety Tips


Power Line Safety

Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous and in some cases, even deadly. Kandiyohi Power Cooperative wants to

help our members stay safe around power lines.

Keep a safe distance

Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment Kandiyohi Power Cooperative uses to get electricity to your home.

  • Stay away from power lines, meters, transformers and electrical boxes.
  • Don’t climb trees near power lines.
  • Never fly kites, remote control airplanes or balloons near power lines.
  • If you get something stuck in a power line, call Kandiyohi Power Cooperative to get it.
  • Keep a safe distance from overhead power lines when working with ladders or installing objects such as antennas.
  • Watch Video

Downed power lines

  • Never touch or go near a downed power line.
  • Don’t touch anything that may be touching a downed wire, such as a car.
  • Keep children and pets away.
  • Call Kandiyohi Power Cooperative at 320-796-1155 or 1-800-551-4951 to report downed power lines.
  • Watch Video

Vehicle accidents and utility poles

If you encounter a vehicle accident involving a utility pole or power lines:

  • Call 911
  • Don’t touch any passenger who may be in contact with a power line.
  • Don’t touch anything that’s in contact with the vehicle.
  • Don’t attempt to move power lines or utility poles.
  • If passengers must exit the vehicle, jump clear of it without touching the vehicle and ground at the same time. Land with feet together and shuffle away.
  • Don’t rely on rubber boots, raincoats, rubber gloves or wire cutters for protection.
  • Watch Video

Power Outage Safety

Kandiyohi Power Cooperative works hard to deliver the highest level of reliability to our members, but sometimes storms, animals, vehicle accidents and other circumstances out of our control leave members without power.

Preparing for a Power Outage

Properly preparing for a storm outage keeps you informed and safe if you experience an outage.

  • Have battery-powered radios and flashlights with fresh batteries.
  • Get a cell phone or non-cordless phone. Most cordless phones will not work during outages.
  • Keep Kandiyohi Power Cooperative’s outage number in an easy-to-remember location or keep the latest copy of your phone book. You may not be able to use the Internet to get Kandiyohi Power Cooperative’s phone number during an outage.
  • If someone in your household depends on in-home life support equipment, notify Kandiyohi Power Cooperative. Also purchase a back-up generator or make plans for a location you can go to if an outage lasts longer than you can be without power.
  • Watch Video
  • Review proper generator installation guidelines.
  • Watch Video
  • Update your Kandiyohi Power Cooperative account phone number.

During a Power Outage

  • Report the outage and downed power lines
  • Watch Video
  • Follow proper installation guidelines if you plan to use a generator.
  • Watch Video
  • Check Kandiyohi Power Cooperative’s website or Facebook pages during large or prolonged outages.
  • Use caution when using alternative heating, lighting and cooking sources that may increase the risk of a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to help prevent cold foods from spoiling.
  • Service connection repair responsibility


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