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  • Educational Resources | SEIREMC

    Educational Resources Education and training for members, elected representatives (directors/trustees), CEOs, and employees help effectively contribute to the development of our cooperative. Communications about the nature and benefits of cooperatives, particularly with the general public and opinion leaders, help boost cooperative understanding. This is why we want to give you, our members, the resources to have a greater understanding of what we do. Energy Explorers Activities Printable activities to help teach young students about electric cooperatives. Plug Into Safety It's always a good idea to be prepared and put safety first. Plug Into Safety is a blog series that focuses on specific situations each month and provides tips on how to stay safe. ​ ​ ​ ​ Live Line Demonstration Have our linemen perform a line safety demonstration for your organization. Savings Resources Who doesn't want to save energy (and money)? We want to provide you with as any resources as possible to help you maintain or reduce costs.

  • MEMBER CENTER | SEIREMC

    Member Center Welcome to the Member Center! Here, you will find resources, programs and anything else you need to get the most out of your membership to Southeastern Indiana REMC. PAY NOW Or pay by phone by calling (888) 999-0762 1/9 Read More > Read More > Read More > Read More > ANNUAL MEETING BILLING OPTIONS DIRECTOR ELECTION patronage capital funds PROGRAMS Read More > Read More > Read More > Read More > rates rebates smarthub Programs Member Complaint Form Member Information Update New Member Page Governance Documents Bylaws | Service Rules & Regulations

  • Energy Explorers | SEIREMC

    Energy Explorers Below are multiple worksheets for young students to help learn more about electric cooperatives.

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  • Overhead Line and Guy Wire Safety

    Overhead line safety – when in doubt, look up and out! Whether you’re on the job or working on an outdoor project around your home, you should always be aware of overhead electrical lines. Many workplace fatalities are caused by overhead power lines. Imagine how easy it is for us at home, who are not trained to avoid these obstacles, to run into danger! “In a majority of cases, fatalities occurred in occupations with little to no electrical safety training,” said Brandon Linville, Director of Operations, at Southeastern Indiana REMC. “That’s why we put so much emphasis on safety training and compliance education, not only for our cooperative employees, but our consumers as well.” When working on an outdoor project, stay at least 10 feet away from overhead lines. If your ladder or piece of equipment touches an overhead line, both you and the equipment can become a path for the electricity. Look up and out in front of you before using a ladder, large machinery, or a pool cleaning net. Even non-metallic ladders and equipment can conduct electricity. If power lines are present, always carry ladders and long poles horizontally. Using large tools or machinery can make it harder to avoid overhead power lines. Always consider where power lines are before you begin a project. Scanning the area should be part of your plan from the start. If you’ve struck a power line and must get off a piece of equipment, jump as far away from the equipment as you can and land with both feet together. No part of your body should touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Hop or shuffle away from the equipment with your feet together to reduce the risk of electric shock. If you come across someone who’s hit an overhead power line, stay away and warn others around to not touch him or her, or you could get shocked, too. Immediately call 911 and then contact Southeastern Indiana REMC to turn off the electricity at your location. If you know you’re going to be working near power lines, contact Southeastern Indiana REMC so the experts there can properly inform you on safety precautions you should be taking in your area. Electrical safety is one of our core values. Source: ESFI When should you look up for overhead power lines? Before raising a ladder and when using outdoor equipment of any kind, especially when trees are nearby. Branches can hide power lines from view. Even non-metallic tools can conduct electricity. When using cranes or other lifting devices that approach working distance within 20 feet of power lines. When putting up scaffolding, framing a building, painting, pruning trees or picking fruit. Before moving a ladder, long-handled brushes, and the like. Always carry these items horizontally when power lines are near. When working on top of buildings. Source: fpl.com WORK AHEAD: Construction overhead power line safety More than half of all fatal electrical injuries occur in the construction industry. Learn how to work safely near power lines with these simple steps: Locate all overhead power lines, poles and guy wires. The heights of the wires and distance from the worksite should be noted on site diagrams so workers and supervisors are aware. If work must be done near energized lines, contact Southeastern Indiana REMC for assistance. Ensure all workers keep conductive materials 10 feet away from unguarded, energized lines up to 50 kilovolts (kV). For every 10 kV over 50, increase distance by an additional 4 inches of clearance. Carry ladders and other equipment horizontally. Even non-metallic ladders can conduct electricity. Lower equipment arms before driving and be aware of additional steps you may need to take if utilizing cranes or other lifting devices. Assume all power lines are energized and uninsulated. Do not use metal ladders near them. Train all workers in emergency communication and proper aid techniques to someone after an electrical accident. Never touch or go near a person or equipment that is in contact with an overhead power line. Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)

  • Halloween Safety

    What would Halloween be without electricity? The buzzing and zapping of spooky gizmos like Van de Graaf generators, giant electrodes and lightning rods brought life to Dr. Frankenstein’s castle laboratory — and his monster from the slab. And, through conjured or coincidental lightning strikes, catastrophic electrical malfunctions, or electro-chemical combinations, superheroes like Captain Marvel, Flash, Thor, Magneto, Storm, and Black Lightning were born. While many Halloween tales and trappings have relied on highly imaginative uses of electricity’s awesome power, Indiana’s electric cooperatives remind Halloween revelers to make sure they understand where movies and myths end and where reality begins. “Remember what Spiderman said: ‘With great power comes great responsibility,’” notes Brandon Linville, Director of Operations, of Southeastern Indiana REMC. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to be safe around power. Taking safety shortcuts, or ignoring easy but important rules, or trying your luck teasing electrical equipment, can lead to tragic consequences.” Use the following tips for a safe and happy Halloween: Make sure your outdoor decorations only LOOK or SOUND spooky. Inspect each mechanical ghoul, ghost or goblin for cracked, frayed or bare wires. You don’t want them to really cause a shock or start a fire! Want to convert your yard or open garage into a haunted house? Don’t let it turn into a true-to-life horror story through electrical fires or hazards. Only use electrical items marked “for outdoor use.” Plug those decorations into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Halloween night is not the time to take a trip. Keep electric cords away from doorways and walkways, lest you or your trick-or-treaters trip and fall. Keep nails and staples away from light strings and extension cords. They can easily damage the cord’s insulation and expose the wires inside. When it’s time to hang up the costume and retire for the evening — or if you’re leaving home for a few hours — make sure you turn off your electrical decorations. Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International A safer jack-o’-lantern Rather than use a candle or a household lightbulb to light up your jack-o’-lantern this Halloween, consider battery-operated lights. Another option is one of the new LED bulbs available. These options are much cooler, creating less risk of fire or burns. LEDs only use one-quarter as much electricity as incandescent bulbs and may last 25 times longer. Many of the new LEDs have programmable colors and patterns to make your jack-o’-lantern even spookier. If you still use a fixture in your pumpkin you must plug in, no matter what kind of bulb or LED you use, be sure to unplug it before you leave it unattended or turn in for the night. Famed Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley’s most repeated line this time of year must be “The gobble-uns’ll git ya, ef you don’t watch out!” Indiana’s electric cooperatives echo that sentiment, but they’re not talking about supernatural goblins. It’s the GOBLINS of electrical safety co-ops want you to watch out for with your Halloween decorations: GFCI – Use only electric outlets with ground fault circuit interrupters connected for your outdoor lighting and displays. Overload – Never overload a circuit by plugging too many strands of lights or other appliances into the same plug. Instructions with your light strings should tell you how many can be strung together safety. Battery-powered LED lights – Use these in jack o’-lanterns instead of candles. Lights on – Make sure your porch light is on and the path to your door is well lit if you expect trick-or-treaters. If you are trick-or-treating, carry a flashlight so you can be seen. Inspect — Be sure to check all the cords and bulbs of your holiday lighting for damage as you decorate. Nails and staples – Do not use metal fasteners to string strands of lights and extension cords or hold wires in place. Switch off – Make sure you turn off all your decorative lighting when you leave them unattended or go to bed.

  • Get Out to Vote in the 2022 General Election

    The 2022 general election is just around the corner; polls will open Nov. 8. Who can vote. To vote in the 2022 general election, you must: Be both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana Be at least 18 years of age on or before the general election Not currently be in prison after being convicted of a crime Have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election Be registered to vote If all of these things apply to you, great! You can vote in the 2022 general election. How to vote. There are two ways to vote in the general election: by absentee ballot or in person on Election Day. To register for an absentee ballot, you must qualify under one of the 11 reasons listed on the Indiana Secretary of State’s website. To see if you qualify and to request an absentee ballot, visit https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm. The deadline to register for absentee voting is Oct. 27. If you plan to vote in person on Election Day but are not sure where to go, visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and click on “Find My Polling Location.” You will be able to search by both voter registration (your name and birthday) as well as by county. By casting your vote Nov. 8, you can be assured your voice is heard on the local and national levels. As you evaluate the candidates and determine who to support, remember elected officials play a very important role in ensuring your electric cooperative can continue providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Support Indiana’s electric cooperatives by getting out to vote and backing candidates who support positive energy policies and assist Indiana’s electric cooperatives’ efforts to power the businesses and communities they serve. Sources: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm, https://indianavoters.in.gov/ Four Essential Reasons to Vote While it can sometimes feel like your vote doesn’t matter, it does. Voting is absolutely essential to a healthy, functioning democracy. Not convinced? Here are four essential reasons to vote. Voting is the best way to speak up on the issues that concern you. It allows you to hold elected officials accountable and to replace them when they no longer represent your best interests. Voting allows you to be part of decision making that affects your life. Every day, legislators and elected officials make decisions that impact every aspect of your life. Don’t you want a say in who will be representing your interests at the local, state and national level? If you don’t vote, others will make the decisions for you. This goes hand in hand with reason number two. If you don’t make decisions about things that impact your life, other people will. Decisions are made on your behalf every day. These decisions impact things like utilities, energy, broadband, health care, education, housing, etc. It is important to vote for who you trust to make these decisions for you. Getting out to vote ensures that your voice is heard. Your opinion matters! Source: https://www.vote.ie/why/ Five Things to Do Before Heading to the Polls Voting is a right and a privilege for American citizens. What should you know before you head out to the polls on Election Day? Here are five things experts say you can do to help ensure a smooth experience. Check your registration. Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and click on “check the status of your voting registration.” Prepare to vote. Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and click on “who’s on the ballot” to learn which races you will be able to vote in on Election Day. You can also get to know the candidates who are running. Know your options. To see if you qualify for and to request an absentee ballot, visit https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm Watch them test the machines. Election officials have to test all the equipment in advance to make sure everything is ready to go before Election Day. Most jurisdictions allow the public to observe this. Some even livestream the testing so you can watch it at home. Sign up to be a poll worker or poll monitor. Visit www.in.gov/sos/elections/2674.htm to find out how to sign up. Sources: https://indianavoters.in.gov/, https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm, www.in.gov/sos/elections/2674.htm, https://www.npr.org/2016/10/14/497805960/voting-5-things-to-do-before-heading-to-the-polls

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