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Add safety to your spring checklist this National Electrical Safety Month

May is a month to enjoy the flowers, soak up sunshine and cross those final tasks off your spring-cleaning checklist. Some of those jobs might require skills and equipment you don’t often use, so it’s a good time brush up on electrical safety, especially considering it’s National Electrical Safety Month!

If your to-do list takes you out in the yard, up a ladder or over to the power tools, keep these safety tips in mind:

Call 811 before digging. Before your shovel hits the yard, call 811 to have your property marked. This free call will help you avoid contact with underground utility lines and could prevent a costly and dangerous mistake.

Never use electrical cords that are frayed or broken. Regularly inspect cords for damage.

Use only extension cords marked “for outdoor use” when needed for work outside. Once the job is done, store extension cords indoors. Outdoor conditions can cause cords to deteriorate.

Never place a ladder within 10 feet of a power line. As an extra precaution, use a fiberglass or wooden ladder outdoors. Metal ladders conduct electricity. 

As you’re safely working through those last spring-cleaning tasks, keep energy efficiency in mind, too! Spending a few minutes now on projects like sealing ducts, caulking around windows, and adding weather-stripping to doors will help save energy – and money – for months to come.

Roanoke Electric Cooperative is committed to the safety of our employees and members. This National Electrical Safety Month, take a minute to brush up your electrical safety knowledge, and share that information with your loved ones. For more safety and energy efficiency tips, follow us on Facebook at

News and Events

October 17, 2017

Roanoke Electric Co-op is offering water heater control devices. Which boost energy efficiency and savings, free to member-owners.

October 16, 2017

As part of its community outreach efforts, Roanoke Electric Co-op representatives made a special delivery recently to the Northampton County School Board.

September 26, 2017

The Roanoke-Chowan Partners for Progress Phase 2 will convene its quarterly meeting on Friday, October 20, at Roanoke Electric Co-op’s headquarters. RCPP2 is a local collaborative effort of community partners led by the co-op.  Join us to get the latest update on the co-op's plan to deploy internet service throughout its service territory.

Please register by Friday, October 13,  for the quarterly meeting email: or

Please see the agenda for the upcoming meeting below:

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