Goodhue County Coop News
Stay Safe This Harvest Season!
The leading cause of on-farm electrocutions in the Midwest is accidental contact with overhead power lines. Especially prevalent are accidents involving augers near grain bins. This is because the workers who are on the ground moving the equipment provide a direct path for electricity to flow through them the instant contact is made with the power line. Before you begin harvesting, spend some time reviewing safe work practices with all farm workers. Everyone should know the location of power lines. Use a spotter when moving portable equipment in the vicinity of power lines. Keep a safe distance by using this rule ~ Maintain a minimum distance of ten feet, 360 degrees ~ that means below, to the side, and above power lines. Always lower portable augers or elevators to their lowest possible level before moving or transporting them.
Register for Outage Texting!
Visit the Outage Center page (tab at the top) and click on the SIGN UP link to register your account and phone for outage texting! You will be able to enter the word Outage along with a keyword and send it via text to 55050 to report an outage. That's it. No phone call to make, just a simple message and dispatch will be alerted. Make sure you read the instructions (along the left hand side) while you are signing up. You need to register your account number, phone number, and a keyword (such as 'home' or 'farm') in order for the feature to work properly.
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