HAMMOND – May is National Electrical Safety Month. St. Croix Electric Cooperative kicked off the month by participating in a “safety day” for New Richmond fourth graders, hosted by New Richmond High School’s FFA chapter. Students were divided into groups and, at the St. Croix Electric table, learned about: not playing on URD transformers (the green boxes in your yard), keeping objects out of and little ones away from electrical outlets, as well as staying away from overhead power lines.
“Students were very receptive to the message of how dangerous electricity is and, also, to the call to share the information with others,” SCEC Communications & Events Coordinator Dana Bolwerk said. “As fourth graders, they hopefully realized they have the power to keep others safe and help loved ones make safe choices around electricity.”
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes. To promote safety education in local communities, SCEC offers numerous – and customized – outreach programs: Transportation supervisors at local school districts have included Bus Safety Cards on buses, which explain what occupants should do in the event the vehicle makes contact with an overhead powerline or underground utility (stay in the vehicle and call 911). SCEC employees are available for classroom activities, library camps, 4-H clubs, Scout meetings and even adult EMS/first responder training. Safety Town is a popular table-top demonstration that uses electricity to demonstrate dangerous electric scenarios and how to avoid them. To bring a Safety Town demonstration to their next meeting, organizations can contact St. Croix Electric Cooperative, at 715-796-7000 or email@example.com, and set a date. There is no charge for any of the SCEC event services listed.
Electrical safety awareness and education can save lives. For electrical safety tips are available online at www.scecnet.net, click the “Electrical Safety Month” button at the top of the homepage. Safety tips are posted throughout the month of May on SCEC’s Facebook (www.Facebook.com/StCroixElecCoop) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/StCroixElecCoop) pages.
About St. Croix Electric Cooperative
St. Croix Electric Cooperative (SCEC) was incorporated on Nov. 5, 1937, as a result of five farmers determined to bring electricity to rural St. Croix County, Wis. On May 24, 1939, electricity was delivered to the first account. Today, the Cooperative operates 1,772 miles of distribution lines that power nearly 11,000 member-owners. SCEC helps members realize the Cooperative Difference through Commitment to Community grants, scholarships, rebates, and solutions to conserve and use energy wisely. More information is available online at www.scecnet.net, and on social media: @StCroixElecCoop (Twitter) and St. Croix County Energizer (Facebook).