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Farm Electrical Safety

>>KEITH MUELLER: Electrical safety's important for all the farmers in Missouri and especially this time of year. Everything is dry and people are out and a lot of farmers are out using their tractors and equipment and we're getting ready for a harvest season with grain augers and elevators and all of these, all of this equipment that the farmers are using. We need to also keep in mind all these power lines, what you're seeing in the back. Most of your electrical cooperatives run a pretty, uh, very high voltages throughout the farm so we want all of our neighbors, all of our friends, all of our farmers to be respectful of electricity. We also want a lot of our friend-farmers and friends to understand the ten foot law. In Missouri we have a ten foot law. That's ten foot away from any overhead power line and that law is so important because you don't necessarily have to touch these power lines to be hurt. Getting too close and it can it actually jump or arch. So no matter where it is, we want everybody to be very respectful of it. Any type of the uh, electricity that they're using at the farm whether it's for irrigation systems or whether it's for farming houses or poultry, most of the energy that's brought to them after the meter is that 110 voltage and that is the voltage level even though it doesn't seem like it would be, but that's the voltage that hurts the most people and that's the electricity that's running inside the farm buildings and the shops and things like that so once again some basic safety tips that we can share this time of year; a lot of people are doing repairs in the shops. Just to understand that when this energy is being used we shouldn't see it, we shouldn't hear it, we shouldn't smell it. It should be invisible. But if there's any kind of a possibility that you think you might feel a little tingle or some kind of a ground fault problem, make sure make sure you realize it and call in an electrician or a certified electrical person that he can come in and fix it and take care of it. The demonstration that we bring with the safety trailer is we uh, explain to people the distance. That ten foot distance is easy to explain when we actually have this here and it's also here for an informative tool too that we can share with people, why it's so important to cut trees down. A lot of other members in the coop don't like us cutting trees but trees and power lines never mix, because when a tree comes in contact with a power line it will actually take all that energy straight to ground. And when that happens, we have people that actually lose power. Uh, so what we do with our live-line demonstration trailer here, we can actually show you what happens if there is a fault to ground. We can actually show you what happens if a fuse actually snaps and blows or a breaker or an OCR operates. Um, a lot of this is informational tools and actually used to help people understand trees and power lines don't mix so don't get mad if the electrical cooperative when we come through and cut and trim trees in your neighborhood. Well electricity is one of those forms of energy that when people get in trouble with it, it's already too late. Uh, sometimes people can make mistakes and they can always correct it, but with power line energy and basic electrical safety, you'll never get that second chance, and that's one of the most important things to remember. This is a deadly form of energy that if you lose your respect for it, it will kill and doesn't care who you are. It's not selective at all. So once again we just encourage people to keep their eyes out and look for the lines, identify them. The ten foot distance and they'll be in pretty good shape.