From Your Board Chairman, Rick Love
Posted on December 28th, 2018
Safety is the top priority at First Electric. It’s a culture that begins at the top with the Board of Directors and is embraced by all employees. Recently, a campaign called “Zero Contact” was released from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The campaign includes a contract pledging to work safely every day. It’s been widely adopted by hundreds of cooperatives across the country. I’m proud to announce it’s signed by all board members and employees at First Electric.
First Electric takes your safety seriously. We offer electrical education demos and shows in our communities. A high-voltage safety trailer demonstrates the dangers of energized lines. It’s available for volunteer fire departments, contractors, teenage students and other groups. For elementary age children, magician Scott Davis teaches them to stop, look and think when near electricity during the “Making Accidents Disappear” electrical safety show. In 2018, more than 5,600 students and community members watched the programs.
Also, as a member we need your help to identify safety hazards. Keep in mind the following and call 911 or First Electric if you see a potential danger:
- A power line need not be sparking or arcing to be energized. Equipment near power lines can also be energized and dangerous.
- Lines that appear to be “dead” can become energized as crews work to restore power or sometimes from improper use of emergency generators. Assume all low and downed lines are energized and dangerous. If you see a downed or sagging line, contact 911 or First Electric.
- Motorists should never drive over a downed line, as snagging a line could pull down a pole or other equipment and cause other hazards.
Please keep safety your top priority; we’re happy to schedule a demo at your request. It’s a pleasure serving as your board chairman. If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact me.
Rick Love, Chairman