Adams Electric Cooperative sponsored an electrical safety demonstration on January 31 and February 1 for area students and emergency personnel. The presentations, called Live Line Demo, Inc. were held at Vatterott College, Quincy Senior High School, Central High School, and St. Dominic School. The programs were presented by Kyle Finley of Alvin, Illinois, who is a trained lineman and owner of Live Line Demo, Inc. Kyle’s unique display unit and dynamic delivery style captivates audiences and sends participants away with a much greater respect for electricity and the dangers associated with it.
Attendees were taught how to react quickly and safely in various emergency situations involving downed power lines.
Kyle warned audiences that if they are ever in an accident involving a power pole, they should assume electrical lines could be down. The proper action is to STAY INSIDE THE VEHICLE until the power company can de-energize the line. Stepping out of the car would create a path to ground and would kill a person instantly. The only exception would be if the vehicle was on fire. In that case, the proper action is to jump – not step – with both feet together away from the vehicle, making sure you are NOT touching the vehicle with your hands or any part of your body when you land. Because electricity dissipates and the ground may be energized, you should hop with both feet together as you leave the area.
Finley discussed the importance of installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for all receptacles used in the bathroom, kitchen, shed and outdoors (all places near water). He reminded participants to watch out for overhead power lines, keeping farm equipment, swimming pool cleaning tools, balloons, and other objects clear of electrical lines. He also reminded students about the dangers of texting while driving.
The Live Line Demo presentation has saved lives. Adams Electric Cooperative is pleased to sponsor the Live Line Demo program and tries to bring it to the area at least once a year. For more information, visit www.livelinedemo.com or call Adams Electric Cooperative at (800) 232-4797.