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Taking electrical safety to our members

Big trucks with flashing electrical arcs draw students to Jackson Energy's safety demonstrations.


Words like "wow" and shouts of "Do it again!" drift across the parking lot as the buzz of the electrical hum and punctuation of voltage arcs mesmerize the students. It's not the special effects Jackson Energy Safety Director Brandon Long hopes they remember from the demonstration. He wants them to remember to be safe around electricity.


Long and Jackson Energy line techs take the message of electrical safety to more than 2,000 students each year. "We developed the safety trailer as an entertaining way to show kids what could happen if they're not safe around electricity," Long said. "Kids see that it's important to stay away from power lines and we hope they also take that message home to their parents."


Electrical safety isn't just for  elementary school students. Kentucky state highway department workers have also seen the demonstration. The most recent data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show that on average, there are over 400 electrocutions in the United States each year. Electrocutions do not tell the entire story. Electricity is also the cause of over 140,000 fires each year, resulting in 400 deaths, 4,000 injuries and $1.6 billion in property damage.


"Electrical safety is part of our work culture because we work with electric lines.," said Jackson Energy Chief Operations Officer Derrick Dean. "We train our employees to be safe around electricity, and we want our members to be safe, too."