May is National Electrical Safety Month





Electrical safety is no accident – Know how to be safe around electricity

Program highlights online videos with personal stories during

May, National Electrical Safety Month  

(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.)-- Accidents and fires involving electricity result in more than a thousand deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. The majority of those tragedies could be prevented with greater awareness of how to stay safe.  Safe Electricity’s “Teach Learn Care TLC” stories are focused on just that.

We are honored to be working with accident survivors and the families of those whose lives were cut short by electrical tragedies, all in an effort to educate the public about the importance of safety knowledge and precautions,” says Molly Hall, program executive director. The video stories on help people of all ages to understand why it’s important to “Teach what you know. Learn what you need to, and Care enough to share it with others.”

New this year is the story of farmer Jim Flach, who was fatally injured in an accident involving power line contact with his equipment. Told by his family, the story helps large equipment operators understand how to avoid contact with over head lines and equally important, how to survive such an accident if equipment does contact lines.

Another story features two teenagers that survived their auto accident involving power lines because they had learned the right steps to take to stay safe. The safety principles apply to all vehicles - whether the auto involved is a car or large piece of construction equipment.

The life changing impacts of power line accidents are detailed in another video featuring accident survivor Shawn Miller and his family, whose lives were changed  forever due to his severe injuries from contact with a power line. 

The importance of using ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and avoiding contact with electrical appliances while wet or damp is highlighted in the tragic story of a 12 year old girl who was killed by household current through a faulty outdoor lamp.

The need for electrical safety is important for everyone, youth or adult, residential, business or industrial.  A 30-minute live power line demonstration can be seen on the Safe Electricity website that illustrates indoor and outdoor safety considerations related to home, work and play.

To involve your children in the observance of Electrical Safety Month, invite them to visit to watch videos, play games, and do science experiments. Interactive elements include the new E-Smart Kids site, with cool video segments in which kids teach other kids about electricity basics and several safety topics. Other popular features are the extensive Electric Universe and EIA kids.  All of these have resources on electrical safety as well as efficiency - not only for youth but for parents as well as teachers. Educators will find classroom plans, experiments and activities that all meet National Science Education standards.

From the wealth of articles on a variety of topics to safety checklists with tips on hazards to look for and avoid indoors and outside, is an online Library.

We know that information and awareness create life-saving attitudes and actions,” Hall said. Helping educate people to avoid tragic accidents, injuries and death is what Safe Electricity and Electrical Safety Month are all about.”

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