Safety Starts with YOU!
Posted on April 27th, 2023
At First Electric Cooperative, we recognize Electrical Safety Month every May, but we also know the importance of practicing safety year round. From our co-op crews to you, the members we serve, we recognize that everyone has a part to play in prioritizing safety.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured or electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their own homes. Many of these accidents are preventable. Electricity is a necessity, and it powers our daily lives. But we know first-hand how dangerous it can be because we work with it 365 days a year.
Safety is our top priority. That's why you'll see First Electric hosting safety demonstrations at community events and in schools throughout the year, to demonstrate the dangers of electricity. We discuss emergency scenarios, such as what to do in a car accident involving a utility pole and downed power lines. We caution students on the dangers of pad-mounted transformers and overloading circuits with too many electronic devices.
Electricity is an integral part of modern life. Given the prevalence of electrical devices, tools and appliances, here are a few practical electrical safety tips:
- Frayed wires pose a serious safety hazard.
- Avoid overloading circuits.
- Label circuit breakers to understand the circuits in your home.
- Use extension cords properly.
Please talk with your kids about playing it safe and smart around electricity. Help them be aware of overhead power lines near where they play outdoors.