Electrical safety and spring cleaning

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

Check it out … Spring cleaning time is also a good time to consider a spring electrical inspection. This week, GRDA shares some tips you may want to keep in mind as you take on the task of readying your house for spring and summer.

Planning to do some spring cleaning during this stretch of nice weather? If so, the Grand River Dam Authority wants to remind you that spring cleaning time is also a great time to perform some spring electrical safety inspections in the home. To assist you in that process, we are once again passing along these tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

  • The label inside the door or cover of your electric service panel should have a date to let you know when your electric system was last inspected. Is it time to inspect it again? Contact a licensed, qualified electrician and schedule an inspection.
  • Although we may not be at this point just yet, once you are finished with your furnace for the season, consider having it inspected by a licensed, qualified professional.
  • Check for excessive vibration or movement when the washing machine or dryer is operating. That movement can put stress on electrical connections.
  • Make sure the area around the dryer is free of clutter, and clean the dryer lint filter after each load.
  • Keep appliance cords away from hot surfaces like the range or toaster. Unplug the toaster and other countertop appliances when not in use.
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils to eliminate dirt buildup that can reduce efficiency and create a fire hazard.
  • Before firing up those electrical trimmers, inspect them, and other appliances, for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked or broken housing. Repair or replace damaged items.

If recent warmer days have accelerated your spring “to-do” list, please keep these tips in mind. Your friends at GRDA want you to stay safe.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency. 

Dock talk …

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

Almost dock time … If you plan to buy or sell a dock in the near future, or if you are just looking forward to warmer days spent dockside on the shore of Grand or Hudson lakes, the Grand River Dam Authority wants to help answer the dock questions you may have, and remind you to have your dock’s electric system inspected.

Every year about this time, the Grand River Dam Authority poses the question: What’s up with your dock?

With the busy lake season just around the corner, it’s an important question for dock owners, sellers and buyers on Grand and Hudson lakes to consider. And while it is a simple question, it is really intended to lead to a few more questions: 

1)    Is your dock properly permitted?

2)    Do you have your dock sticker properly posted on the dock?

3)    Have you had it electrically inspected?

These are all important questions, especially for those who may be planning to sell a dock with lake property. That is because you must have a properly permitted dock to help make the property transition process a smooth one, and with thousands of private docks around the lake shores and thousands of property owners, this transition process takes place a lot.

However, whether or not you plan to buy or sell a dock, GRDA reminds you that a proper electrical inspection is still important. After a long winter of wave and wind action on the dock, it’s a good idea to have a licensed electrician check it out, to make sure that all electrical connections and components are still in place and in good working order. Just as you inspect your boat and get it ready for the boating season, you should do the same thing with your dock’s electric system. Please take that precaution if you plan on spending time on your dock this summer.

And if you have questions about dock permitting you can always contact the GRDA Lake Permitting office at (918) 256 0852 or you can stop by the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley. 

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency. 

 

Adopting the shoreline …

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

Adopt the shoreline … As the thoughts of many are already turning to summer and days spent on the water, it’s also a good time to give some thought to shoreline cleanup.

As the thoughts of many are already turning to summer and days spent on the water, it’s also a good time to give some thought to shoreline cleanup. With that in mind, the Grand River Dam Authority is reminding the public of the Grand Lake “Adopt the Shoreline” program, established in 2017 to help keep the lake shore safe and scenic.

The program is the result of a coordinated effort among GRDA, Grand Lake Power Squadron, Grand Lake Association, “Grow with Grove” Steering Committee and community volunteers. It was patterned after a very successful program on Lake of the Ozarks and will generate success on Grand Lake because of the work of a dedicated team of volunteers.

According to GRDA Superintendent of Shoreline Enforcement Scott Horton, GRDA and other partners realized the need for the “Adopt the Shoreline” after routine aerial surveys of the lake shore. While the “Lend a Hand for Lady Grand” program has been successful for many years on Grand, the shoreline adoption effort is expected to expand both the reach and volunteer base for cleanup efforts.

As part of the program, the shoreline is divided into 10 zones, with a coordinator for each zone who organizes cleanup events. GRDA supplies trash bags for the effort and will also be paying the disposal costs for all approved program cleanups. GRDA is also staffing its own full-time shoreline cleanup crew, complete with a barge and the equipment necessary to remove large debris from the shore.

With summer boating season inching closer and closer, it is a good time for new volunteers to get involved in the effort. For more information, you can visit the program’s website at www.grda.com/adopt-the-shoreline, and select the “how to join” tab. You can also contact Horton at (918) 256-0894 for more information.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency. 

Safety checklist for electrical cords

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

Safety checklist … A checklist to insure your home’s electric cords and appliances are in good working order may help prevent shocks and fires in the home.

Although National Burn Awareness Week is ending (the first week of February), it is still a good time to talk about burn awareness and fire safety. Of course, you can help prevent fires in your home with a checklist to insure your cords and appliances are in good working order and not in a position to cause a fire hazard.

The Grand River Dam Authority wants to help you with that checklist by passing along some information from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Remember, you can find even more safety information on the ESFI site at electrical-safety.org.

  • Are any of the electric cords in your home cracked, frayed or showing other signs of damage? If so, don’t use them. Damaged cords may have exposed wires that can be a fire and shock hazard in the home.
  • Are any of the cords pinched by furniture or in windows or doors? Is so, move them. Pinching cords can cause damage to the insulation.
  • Are any of the cords attached to anything with nails or staples? If so, remove the nails or staples and, if you see damage to the cord, replace it. Nails and staples can cut or pinch the insulation.
  • Are any of the cords kept wrapped up while being used? If so, unwrap them and make sure they are not damaged. Wrapped cords can trap heat, which can lead to melting or weakening of the insulation. That is also a fire hazard.
  • Are all appliance cords placed so they will not come into contact with hot surfaces? Cords can melt or burn from excessive heat. This can expose wires and lead to a fire or shock hazard.
  • And a final check on your lamps: Are you using the proper wattage bulb? A bulb with wattage higher than recommended may overheat the light fixture, wiring or nearby combustible material. That is also a fire hazard.

Keep these tips in mind. Your friends at GRDA want you to stay safe!

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency. 

 

Working to provide the power

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

Although the weather does not always cooperate, the work still has to be done.

Reliable teamwork… GRDA linemen Jacob Stinson and Ryan Stickler are two members of Team GRDA who have been helping with a recent steel pole replacement project. The goal? Maintaining system reliability.

There are thousands of different occupations that can attest to that. Whether it is the heat of the summer, cold of the winter or windy, rainy, conditions in between, at all hours of the night or day, crews must be prepared to tackle the job at hand.

At the Grand River Dam Authority, many of our employees know this to be true. Linemen, law enforcement officers, plant maintenance personnel, mechanics and employees in many other roles face the Oklahoma weather head-on every day. Why? To continue GRDA’s reputation for reliable production and delivery of electricity.

Recently, during the coldest winter weather of January, GRDA crews have been working to replace steel poles on an existing transmission line northwest of Tulsa. The conditions have been muddy and, of course, there is always the wind, but steady progress is being made. When the work is all complete, the result will be several new steel structures in place, ready to carry on the reliability mission.

Of course, GRDA’s commitment to reliability is illustrated by hundreds of different tasks year-round, round-the-clock. From proper vegetation management and right-of-way maintenance during the heavy summer growing season, to proper system planning and equipment maintenance year-round, the focus is always on producing the electricity efficiently and delivering it reliably.

Today, GRDA accomplishes that with a diverse electric generation portfolio comprised of gas, coal, water and wind resources and a sophisticated energy delivery system of over 1,200 miles of transmission lines. Most of all, GRDA meets the mission because of its dedicated team of 500 skilled and experienced Oklahomans.

No matter the conditions, Team GRDA is working to provide the power.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.