Manager’s Message – July 2020, Summer Electrical Safety

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Dear Members,

Electrical safety is immensely important to me and to Benton REA. As you enjoy the beautiful summer weather, please remember and follow these simple, life-saving tips:

  • Look up and live! Be aware of overhead power lines—especially when carrying long items like ladders or irrigation pipes.
  • Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume they are still electrified.
  • Call 811 before you dig to locate underground power lines and other utilities.
  • Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas.
  • Fly kites and drones in open areas well away from trees and power lines.
  • Inspect power tools and electric lawnmowers for frayed power cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housings. If necessary, ensure appropriate repairs are made.
  • Do not plant vegetation or build any permanent structures directly in front of underground electrical equipment devices or pad mount transformers.

Please visit BentonREA.org/safety to watch videos about what to do if power lines are on your car, how safety equipment protects lineworkers and more summertime electrical safety tips. Our website also provides information about Benton REA’s latest COVID-19 updates, including office closures to walk-in traffic.

In 2019, Benton REA employees experienced a total of zero job-related lost-time accidents or injuries. We hope to maintain this safety record for years to come. We hope our members will also embrace this high standard of safety in their daily lives, especially with regard to electrical safety.

Annual Meeting Postponed

The 83rd Benton REA Annual Meeting of Members was originally scheduled to take place on July 18, 2020. Due to the Washington State Governor’s continued restrictions under the “Safe Start Plan” associated with the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Benton REA Annual Meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled to take place on a future date.

We will continue to monitor the restrictions mandated by the State of Washington and will notify you when the revised Benton REA Annual Meeting date, time, and location has been established. Thank you for your patience during these challenging times.

Cooperatively,

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Michael J. Bradshaw

General Manager

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