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Illuminate your holiday season with safety

Decorate safely this holiday season. Cherished family memories often involve the twinkling lights of decorations inside and outside the home. Don't let the bright and colorful sparkle of the season distract you from taking the precautions that you need to stay safe when decorating. Valley Rural Electric Cooperative and Safe Electricity provides these tips as you prepare for the holidays.

It's National Co-op Month!

October is co-op month. Live cooperatively. October is National Co-op Month. This event recognizes the advantages of membership in a cooperative and the benefits cooperatives supply to their members and to their communities.

What does it mean to be a member of a cooperative?

It's a matter of principles, seven to be exact.

National Co-op Connections Day is October 6

Get involved and save big when you use your
Co-op Connections® Card.

National Co-op Connections Day - October 6 Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives and Valley Rural Electric Cooperative invite you to celebrate the second annual National Co-op Connections Day on Oct. 6, 2017.

Safe on the bus

On an April morning in 2016, Clint Shults was driving a school bus to take students to an FFA competition in Rangely, Colorado. The team’s horse judging coach, Silvia Otabachian-Smith, followed the bus in her car. Heavy, wet snow had been accumulating, and the bus snagged a power line just as it was falling to the ground under the weight of the snow.

September is National Preparedness Month

Being prepared for disasters includes safety planning

Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shares information on how to stay safe during National Preparedness Month. The first step in safety preparation is creating communication plans. Communication is vital to staying safe. Rather than prepare for every possible event, you can strengthen your communications so that you best react in a variety of emergencies.

Earn an “A” in college electrical safety

The start of each semester comes with a fresh start for college students, along with the potential for new friends and opportunities. Alongside the excitement of college comes great responsibility. One of these responsibilities is electrical safety in one’s dorm room or apartment. To help with keeping the semester on track and staying safe, Safe Electricity shares electrical safety tips for college students.

Valley REC awards 15 $1,000 scholarships to local students for 2017

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative recently awarded 15 $1,000 scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year to high school seniors as well as students already enrolled in post-secondary institutions.

Staying safe from lightning inside your home

Lightning strikes millions of times each year. It is simply not safe to be outdoors during a thunderstorm. That is why the National Weather Service advises, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” However once inside a safe shelter, there are additional and important safety steps to take.

While staying inside reduces the risk for lightning strikes, lightning strike injuries do still occur indoors. Safe Electricity recommends the following tips to help keep you safe inside the home during a thunderstorm.

Visit our booth at these 2017 local fairs

Illuminating storm safety


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