May- Electric Safety Month

May is Electrical Safety Month - a month recognized by professionals for reminding the general public about electrical safety. It’s part of PVREA’s business strategy and one of the 7 Cooperative Principles to educate the public on safety. Safety pertaining to electric equipment sinks in more when seen with your own eyes.

PVREA frequently runs our safety demonstration - we will present an electric safety demonstration for schools, scout troops, civic groups and other organizations within our service territory. For indoor demonstrations we use “Power Town” - a miniature power line in a little town that actually carries live electricity. Power Town visually displays what happens to a kite, truck, or a person when coming into contact with a live electric line.

PVREA also has a large safety demonstration that has actual poles, electric wire, transformers and other equipment found on PVREA lines. Linemen conduct the demonstration, showing audiences a real electric arc and they describe the steps of power outage restoration. The demonstrations are a great way of visually showing kids and adults the hazards around electrical equipment, and how to stay safe in different types of scenarios.

If interested in scheduling a safety demonstration, contact PVREA Member Relations at 1-800-432-1012.

While safety for our members is important year-round, Electrical Safety Month is a time to make sure your home is safe for you and your loved ones.

IN THE KITCHEN

  • Vacuum refrigerator coils every three months to eliminate dirt buildup that can reduce efficiency and create fire hazards.
  • Ensure all countertop appliances are located away from the sink.
  • All appliance cords should be placed away from hot surfaces. Pay particular attention to cords around toasters, ovens and ranges. Cords can be damaged by excess heat.
  • The top and the area above the cooking range should be free of combustibles, such as potholders and plastic utensils. Storing these items on or near the range may result in fires or burns.

LIGHT THE WAY TO SAFETY

  • The wattage of the bulbs you use in your home should match the wattage indicated on the light fixture. Overheated fixtures can lead to a fire.
  • Check lamp cords to make sure they are in good condition – not damaged or cracked. Do not attempt to repair damaged cords yourself. Take any item with a damaged power cord to an authorized repair center.
  • Extension cords should not be used to provide power on a long-term or permanent basis. Have additional receptacles installed by a professional to provide power where needed.

BE PREPARED

  • Nearly two-thirds of fire deaths result from fires in homes without working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be located on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year – or sooner if indicated in the manufacturers’ instructions. All smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years.
  • Talk to your family about an emergency plan in the event of a fire in your home. If you have small children, include them in planning an emergency escape route – they are more likely to remember the plan if they’re involved in creating it.

Electrical safety awareness and education can save lives. 

Date Posted: 4/20/2017