“Safety” is a universal word mentioned often and used loosely. Communities large and small, as well as companies across all industries, are committed to safety. Sports leagues, at every level, take safety seriously. Unfortunately, when it really counts, steps to keep the public, employees, athletes and loved ones safe are sometimes ignored in the interest of expediency or convenience.
May is National Electrical Safety Month, and according to the Electrical Safety Foundation, each year thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes. Many of these accidents are preventable. For PVREA safety is the cornerstone of everything we do.
As your local, electric cooperative we strive to teach the public about safety around electricity. We all use electricity every day, and although we tend to forget about its presence, we need to remember it’s dangerous and can be deadly. This is why we focus on providing a great member value by educating the public about electrical safety. We use three, diverse types of electrical safety demonstrations for schools, groups, organizations, and fire stations:
Power Town: This is a tabletop demonstration with live, low voltage electricity, depicting how electricity is used and what can happen if you come too close or touch power lines – whether with a ladder at your house or a car accident into a power pole. We often take this demonstration into schools to teach students how to stay safe around electricity.
High Voltage Demonstration: Our team built the display on a mobile trailer and it has actual poles, transformers, and power lines to demonstrate how electricity works and how powerful and dangerous it is. We often take this demonstration to our community events, member BBQs, Annual Meeting and to companies who want to show their employees how electrical contacts can occur and why there are “blinks” on our system.
Story Behind the Switch: This program is very interactive where we teach kids in the classroom how power is generated, the different ways of making electricity, delivery of electricity, energy efficiency and careers in the electric utility industry. During this program we also discuss and review electrical safety and what it means to be safe around electricity.
PVREA strives for a culture of safety by putting our employees’ safety and that of the community in the forefront. We want our team to return home safely to their loved ones and we want to keep you and your family safe. Safety is not a priority at PVREA, because priorities change. Safety is the cornerstone of how we work. Be safe!
Jeff Wadsworth, President & CEO