MEC Holds Electrical Safety Demonstration for Shelbina Elementary Students
Macon Electric Cooperative (MEC) sponsored an electrical safety demonstration on Friday, March 22 for fourth grade students at Northeast R-IV elementary school. The presentation was conducted by Macon Electric Cooperative employees Josh Langhammer, Allie Bennett, and Dan Ulhorn. The demonstration includes a unique table-top display unit that captures the attention of the young audiences and sends the 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. Ulhorn warned the students 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. Because electricity dissipates and the ground may be energized, you should hop with both feet together as you leave the area.
The presentation also reviews the importance of installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for all receptacles used in the bathroom, kitchen, shed and outdoors (all places near water). The students were reminded 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 MEC’s service area. For more information on these demonstrations, call Macon Electric Cooperative at (660) 385-3157.