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Be careful with those ladders
If you're busy putting up storm windows, cleaning autumn leaves out of gutters, or doing other chores in preparation for winter that require a ladder, don't forget to look up. > more
Check your dryer vent
The next time you are cleaning out the lint trap on your clothes dryer, go an extra step and check the exhaust hose that blows the hot air outdoors. > more
Don't shoot!
Many utilities, sometimes even HWE, have a number of outages each year which are caused by people shooting at power equipment like line insulators, utility poles, transmission towers and transformers. In many, if not all, areas, shooting at power facilities is vandalism -- a crime punishable by fines and/or jail sentences. > more
Flickering lights and hot bulbs may be signs of danger
Just as an ambulance's flashing light alerts you to an emergency, so should a flickering light bulb get your attention, too. Maybe the bulb is simply about to burn out. But sometimes, a flickering bulb is a sign that the light fixture is damaged or the electrical connection is faulty. Do not ignore these signs! > more
Flooded basement? Don't use those appliances!
Suffering through the affects of flooding or other disasters is unpleasant enough without taking risks with your safety from electrical shock or fire. If you have appliances or equipment that have been exposed to water -- whether it is a clothes dryer in a flooded basement or a fluorescent light that got deluged with rain -- never assume it is safe to use after it has dried. > more
Inspection time?
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), most residential fires are preventable and many electrical fires could be avoided through an electrical inspection. Does your home need an electrical safety inspection? > more
Make your home safer
Take a few minutes for safety every day. Here are five ways to get you started and make your home electrically safe. > more
Storm warning! Electrical safety steps you can take
Thunderstorms are dangerous in and of themselves, but they also can cause damage to power lines and facilities that pose hazards you need to be aware of. > more
What to do if someone receives an electrical shock
What do you do if someone else receives a serious shock from electrical equipment? It depends on the circumstances. > more
Work safely around power lines
Electricity is just as important on the farm as in the office today but presents more potential hazards for the farmer or rancher than for the computer operator. > more
Beware of Energy claims
Lean times understandably motivate people to explore money-saving options. At what cost, however, might that pursuit of savings come? > more

We demonstrate our Concern for Community by volunteering and donating to local charitable causes. Nearly $500,000 in grants have been distributed in the last decade through grants and Operation Round Up funds to individuals and organizations in need. We also provide assistance to Habitat for Humanity, schools, churches and community events. To learn more, click on Community Involvement above. learn more

Members benefit from electric service reliability, competitive rates, money after co-op bills are paid in the form of patronage/capital credits, discounts, informative co-op publications, easy-to-access payment plans, rebates, scholarships, family-friendly Member-only events and a vote in the direction of Hancock-Wood Electric Co-op. To learn more, click on Member Benefits above. learn more

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative has granted more than $100,000 in scholarships within the last decade. An additional Power Systems Engineer (PSE) Scholarship has been added to the program. The winner of this scholarship is eligible for paid internship(s) in the co-op’s engineering department. learn more