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Go fly a kite

May 11, 2017   By Jessica Yourko in Safety

Kite safety is important for everyone, kids and adults alike.

Over the last couple of weeks, the wind seems to have unleashed its potential on us just about every single day.  You would think I would have been prepared for this phenomenon and I would have rushed my children outside to partake in a hobby dating back long before there were even power lines around:  kite flying.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t get windy around here often. Unless we are in the middle of a hurricane or a fast moving afternoon storm, all is pretty calm.

I don’t own a kite. I know for a fact. I looked.

I am not even sure if I have ever even bought one for my children.

There is almost nothing worse than picking out the perfect kite, unwrapping it and then waiting on the wind to take it away.  And waiting…and waiting…and waiting.  

However, just in case this wind keeps up, I have already made plans to take my children shopping for their very first kite... Continue Reading >>

How's the health of your home's electrical system?

February 08, 2017   By Willard Strong in Safety

Upgrading the breaker box could avoid a costly fire in your home.

There’s a nonprofit organization, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFI) that keeps statistics on home electrical fires. Who knew, right?

USFI estimates that there are about 51,000 home electrical fires every year, resulting in approximately 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries and $1.1 billion in property damage. That’s pretty sobering.

Sure, something such as a lightning strike can cause a fire but so many of these tragic losses are preventable, if homeowners would only do a few things to make their homes safer.

For example, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that electrical receptacles are a factor in 5,300 fires annually. Problems with 110-115 volt “outlets” as we commonly call them, are likely less of a factor if you own a newer home. More on that later.

If you have an older home, you’re probably more at risk for having an outdated electrical system overall with insufficient amperage,... Continue Reading >>

Be electrically safe and sound this holiday season

November 22, 2016   By Willard Strong in Safety
This is the week many of us put up our holiday lights and decorate the tree. Of course, some traditionalists will wait until the calendar turns to Dec.1 to begin decking the halls and such.

The holidays are supposed to be joyous time for family and friends, but bad things can of course happen any time of year. There are simple and easy things you can do to make the Thanksgiving and yuletide season safer for you and your loved ones---and give you peace of mind.

For example:

Prior to putting up or stringing lights on the tree, make sure you examine each set for loose connections, damaged sockets, or bare or frayed wires. Now, some lights may hold some sentimental value to you, but there’s nothing sentimental about have to dial 911 for the fire department if a dangerous lighting set goes terribly wrong. This could be an ideal time to replace older lighting sets with LEDs that are super energy efficient, essentially... Continue Reading >>

A different kind of March Madness

March 16, 2016   By Kevin F. Langston in Safety

Photo by Jim Huff/Santee Cooper

You might've heard about a pretty big tournament happening this week where competitors from all over will be looking to prove themselves on a massive stage before adoring fans and awed onlookers.

It's known as the Santee Cooper Lineworkers' Rodeo (What, not the tournament you were thinking of?), and it takes place this Saturday at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. We enthusiastically invite the public to come watch line technicians representing Santee Cooper and seven of South Carolina's electric cooperatives as they compete in a course of events designed to test their skills in a fun and safe environment.

The 19th annual Santee Cooper Lineworkers' Rodeo begins at 8 a.m. with a unique flag-raising ceremony, and admission is free.

It's a generally agreed upon fact that electric lineworkers are the rock stars of our business, and bragging rights will surely be on the line Saturday. But the Santee Cooper Lineworkers' Rodeo builds... Continue Reading >>

Giddy-up for the Santee Cooper Lineworker's Rodeo

April 22, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Safety
The Santee Cooper Lineworker’s Rodeo returns for its 18th year this Saturday at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. The public is invited to attend and cheer on these professionals as they tackle a series of challenges designed to test their skills and training.

Bragging rights are on the line, of course, but the rodeo also underscores the importance of safety and teamwork in a profession that can be dangerous and demanding.

Few things breed camaraderie like a friendly competition, and that's something else the rodeo reinforces. This year, there are 34 apprentices and nine journeyman teams registered to participate. Santee Cooper will compete alongside the electric co-ops of Berkeley , Blue Ridge , Coastal , Horry , Palmetto and York .

The individual apprentices will complete a written test and also compete in knot tying, the hurt-man rescue, the conductor tie-in, and the transformer hookup. Meanwhile, the three-person... Continue Reading >>