Electrical Safety and Generators

When power lines are down, residents can restore energy to their homes or other structures by using another power source such as a portable generator. If water has been present anywhere near electrical circuits and electrical equipment, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel. Do not turn the power back on until electrical equipment has been inspected by a qualified electrician.

Power Line Safety

Accidentally contacting a power line can be dangerous, and in some cases, even deadly. Cass County Electric wants to help our members stay safe around power lines.

Keep a safe distance

Whether you are playing outdoors with your children or working on landscaping projects, keep a safe distance from power lines and other equipment your co-op uses to get electricity to your home.

Always remember to:

How a Generator Works

The turbine is attached by a shaft to the turbogenerator. The generator has a giant magnet inside a stationary ring wrapped with a long wire. You can see the inside of the generator coil with all its wires in the picture on the right.

Insulators vs. Conductors

Electricity is conducted through some things better than others. Its resistance measures how well something conducts electricity. Some things hold their electrons very tightly. Electrons do not move through them very well. These things are called insulators. Rubber, plastic, cloth, glass and dry air are good insulators and have very high resistance.

Power Quality

Computers and other electronic equipment found in nearly every home and business are susceptible to surges in voltage and current. These surges may show up as minor voltage spikes, short power interruptions or current distortions that are difficult to find, even if you know where to look.Surge protector

Thinking About Three-Phase

by Troy Knutson, EIT

Are you thinking about adding or upgrading to three-phase power?

Sounds easy enough, right? Just get an electrician to add a few wires and presto, you’re ready to go. We only wish it could be that easy. But there are some real issues to understand so you can make an informed decision before you jump into three-phase power.

What Is Electricity?

Electricity is a basic part of nature and it is one of our most widely used forms of energy. We get electricity, which is a secondary energy source, from the conversion of other sources of energy, like coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear power and other natural sources, which are called primary sources. Years ago, many cities and towns were built alongside waterfalls (a primary source of mechanical energy) that turned water wheels to perform work.

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