Learn the shocking truth!
Electric safety at home, work and play
The power of electricity!
We all take things for granted. One of those things is the power to operate the devices we use every day at home, work and play. That power is electricity.
Electricity cooks our food, heats and cools our living spaces, and lights our world. It runs our televisions, computers, power tools, hair dryers, hot tubs and a million other things. Electricity is everywhere in our lives, but we seldom notice it.
Electricity is both a benefit and a danger. As daily hazards go, electricity is uniquely unforgiving. Even the smallest mistake can result in injury, property damage and even death. For that reason, education and awareness about electrical safety is crucial, especially for younger people.
Top 10 Electric Safety Tips For Summer:
- Use wooden or fiber glass ladders when working near electrical wiring.
- Check the area around you to avoid contact with overhead power lines.
- Call 811 for underground utility locates before any digging; including planting tree or installing a fence.
- Use only weather resistant, heavy gauge extension cords marked “for outdoor use.” Replace frayed, cracked or damaged cords.
- Teach kids not to climb trees or fly kites near power lines. A cotton string attached to a kite can conduct electricity.
- Never try to remove anything from an overhead power line. Call LPC for assistance.
- Make sure you have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed on all outdoor outlets and check them regularly.
- Never remove the third prong on a 3-prong plug to make it fit equipment or another cord.
- Always use a licensed electrician to fix any problems indoors or out.
- Do not overload outlets or use extension cords as a permanent solution to improve access to outlets.
Longmont Power & Communications offers free electrical safety demonstrations and materials to schools, businesses, civic and community organizations.
Young kids learn with Hazard Hamlet
Hazard Hamlet demonstrates the shocking truth about electricity and electrical accidents in the home, yard and community for children from five to 12 years old.
Kids will be captivated as they watch and learn about 18 electrical accidents just waiting to happen-and how to avoid them.
LPC's Hazard Hamlet demonstration includes an electrical safety kit for each child that is filled with activities and information about playing it safe around electricity.
Live Line is a real shocker
Why can a bird perch on a power line without being electrocuted? Can electricity travel through tree branches? Is it dangerous to hold the string when a kite gets caught in power lines? What should you do when there is a "live" electric line on the ground?
These questions and many others are answered in LPC's "Live Line" safety demonstration of how electricity works and common hazards to avoid. "Live Line" includes electrical safety information materials and is designed for audiences from 12 years old to adult.
To view a sample of the liveline Demonstration, view this video from The Mayor's Bookclub
Schedule a safety demonstration
Electrical accidents can be prevented through knowledge and awareness. When it comes to electricity, it's better to take one too many precautions than one too few.
Fill out the request below to schedule a free electric safety demonstration for your class, scout troop, civic group or employees. Demonstrations are generally available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. LPC will come to your location, or you can come to LPC. Your group must be a part of LPC's service area.