May is Electrical Safety Month
St. Croix Electric Cooperative joins other cooperatives, utilities in raising electrical safety awareness
On May 5, New Richmond High School’s FFA chapter hosted a safety day for fourth graders. Students were divided into groups and, at the St. Croix Electric table, learned about: calling 811 before you dig, not playing on URD transformers (the green boxes in your yard), keeping away from overhead power lines, and what to do if the vehicle you’re in hits a power pole (stay in the vehicle and call 911).
The following day, SCEC Member Services Manager Jerry Van Someren gave a “Safety Town” demonstration at the Somerset Public Library. Safety Town is a portable demonstration that shows participants of all ages what can happen when objects come in contact with an overhead power line or energized equipment.
“At both of these events, students and their adult leaders learned to always assume power lines are energized, even if they’re on the ground,” SCEC Communications & Events Coordinator Dana Bolwerk said. “While we work hard to teach respect for electricity, we also make sure students learn how to recognize potential electrical safety dangers and what to do to keep themselves and others safe.”
SCEC is committed to spreading electrical safety awareness around local communities all year long. To bring a Safety Town demonstration to their next meeting, organizations only have to contact St. Croix Electric Cooperative and set a date. There is no charge for the presentation.
Electrical safety awareness and education can save lives. For more tips and information about electrical safety, visit www.scecnet.net and click on the “Electric Safety” button at the top of the homepage. Safety tips will also be posted throughout the month of May on SCEC’s Facebook (www.Facebook.com/StCroixElecCoop) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/StCroixElecCoop) pages.