Electric Safety

Electric Safety     Electric Safety

At Midwest Energy, safety of the public and our lineworkers is our top priority!  Below is information about how you can stay safe when lines or poles come down, how to safely use portable gas generators when the power goes out, homeowner and customer equipment responsiblities, and more! 

If you see a downed power line:

Power lines and poles lay across a rural road after a storm near Chase, Kansas.

If a power line touches your car:

Using Portable Generators

When the power goes out due to storms, gas-powered portable generators can provide safety, comfort and security to your family or business. Unfortunately, not everyone understands the requirements for safe installation and operation of a generator. Knowing the hazards can prevent equipment damage, fires, serious injury and death.

Electric Safety Demonstrations

Each year, we educate thousands of children and adults about electrical safety at events like the Kansas State Fair, 4H gatherings and by request for small groups and special events.  We have a portable high-voltage safety demonstration suitable for large groups, and a tabletop electric safety setup for smaller groups.  If you’re interested in having a safety demonstration brought to your school or group, just call us at 1-800-222-3121.
A lineman in a red shirt uses a fiberglass stick to create an arc during a high-voltage power demonstration. A man in a red shirt uses a tabletop display to demonstrate electric safety to a room full of young children, also in red shirts.

Call 811 before you dig!An outline of Kansas filled with green. “Kansas811” is in yellow text and overlaid on the state. Call 811 before you dig.

Gas, electric, water, telecommunications and sewer lines are just some of the utilities buried underground, sometimes at very shallow depths.

Before you move dirt for any reason – installing a sprinkler system, building a shed, even planting a tree – you should call Kansas One Call by dialing 811. When you call two business days in advance of digging, crews will locate and mark all underground utilities at no charge to you. By knowing what is below ground, you can save yourself the headache and expense of repairing any utility lines you could damage by digging into them.

Planting and trimming trees near powerlines

Electrical equipment near near your home

Co-op and Homeowner Equipment Responsiblities

The graphic below shows which entity - homeowner or Midwest Energy - owns and is responsible for the equipment that brings electricity into your home.  If you have any questions, please call Midwest Energy at 1-800-222-3121.
A graphic showing powerlines entering a home, displaying which electrical components are company and homeowner owned.