Barton County Electric is rural electric cooperative owned by the members we serve and governed by a board of nine directors, established in 1937. Barton County Electric is located at 91 West U.S. Highway 160 in Lamar, Missouri. We serve rural areas of Barton, Jasper, Vernon and Dade counties.
Safety Message from Barton County Electric
Safety During and After the Storm
In the aftermath of a major storm, be aware of hazards presented by downed power lines. If you see a power line on the ground, don't assume that it is insulated. Stay away from the wire and secure the area to keep others away, too. If you discover a low or fallen line, do the following:
Consider all wires ENERGIZED and dangerous. Even lines that are de-energized could become energized at any time. A live wire touching the ground can cause electricity to travel through the ground, radiating outward from the contact point. STAY CLEAR!
DO NOT attempt to remove a tree limb or other object from a power line. Electricity can travel through limbs, especially when they are wet. When cleaning up after the storm, make absolutely sure that no power lines are near before cutting or trimming damaged trees and removing debris from your property.
If a broken power line should fall on your vehicle, stay inside the vehicle. Use your cell phone to call for help. The vehicle can become energized and you are safer remaining inside until help arrives. Things like fences and guardrails can also become energized if a downed power line contacts them. Warn others not to approach or touch the vehicle and have them call for help.
Barton County Electric Contact Information 417-682-5636 or 800-286-5636