MEC Holds Safety Demonstration for Shelbina Fourth Grade Students
Macon Electric Cooperative (MEC) sponsored an electrical safety demonstration on Thursday, March 15 for fourth students at Shelbina elementary school. The presentation was conducted by MEC employees, Scott Owen and Allie Foster. MEC’s unique table-top display unit captivated the young audience and sent students away with a much greater respect for electricity and the dangers associated with it.
Students were taught how to react quickly and safely in various emergency situations involving downed power lines. Owen warned the audience that if they are ever in an accident involving a power pole, they should assume electrical lines could be down and energized. The proper action is to stay inside the vehicle until the power company can de-energize the line. Stepping out of the car could create a path to ground and kill a person instantly. The only exception would be if the vehicle was on fire. In that case, the proper action is to jump – not step – with both feet together away from the vehicle, making sure you are NOT touching the vehicle with any part of your body when you land.
Owen also reminded the students to watch out for overhead power lines, keeping farm equipment, kites, balloons, and other objects clear of electrical lines.
The elementary safety demonstrations provide children with a solid foundation for electrical safety knowledge and helps them to be aware of the dangers associated with power lines. Macon Electric Cooperative is pleased to sponsor this program for any elementary school in or around MEC’s service area. For more information on these demonstrations, call Macon Electric Cooperative at (660) 385-3157.