On the Road for Children’s Safety


 

MTEMC has more than 12,000 miles of electric line in four counties, so we make it a priority to educate the communities we serve about power line safety, especially children. That’s why we use a high-voltage electrical safety demonstration table at local schools and community events. We believe children, especially, need to learn about electric safety.

Jay Sanders, Community Relations Coordinator

The 30-minute demonstration illustrates how dangerous electricity can be, including what happens when objects come in contact with energized lines; the risks posed by improperly connected generators, and the threat of arc flash and faults and other hazardous situations. The presentation is mostly meant to educate the youth, but also to help adults. For example, everyone needs to know how to avoid danger from downed power lines in a car wreck.

Jay Sanders, Community Relations Coordinator, who sometimes visits schools for demonstrations, says, “Kids absolutely love us! It’s something different and exciting for them. Because kids respond to visual learning tools, the program is tailored for them to see what happens when electricity and various conductors come into contact. Seeing an arc and hearing the buzz and crackle helps to impress the safety lessons on young minds.

“The teachers appreciate the program too because it can dovetail into other things they are teaching.”

Jay says, “In some ways, we consider the safety education a way to potentially save lives.” So our training staff may not have superpowers, but sometimes they can be superheroes.

For more information, or to talk to us about arranging a demonstration, get in touch with Jay Sanders at 615-494-1065 or jay.sanders@mtemc.com.

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