South Plains Electric Cooperative to Host Electrical Safety Demonstration to Local Students

Published 04/26 2014 10:11AM

Updated 04/26 2014 10:18AM

LUBBOCK, TX (PRESS RELEASE) -- Area fourth graders will participate in a five-part program demonstrating the dangers of electricity and the technical skills required to be a lineman, hosted by South Plains Electric Cooperative. The program will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 6-8, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The Cooperative will host about 250 students each day. The demonstrations are held at the Cooperative’s North Office on the southeast corner of I-27 and Municipal Drive. This is one of three programs presented to about 1,100 students this spring to help promote May as Electrical Safety Month.

The five demonstration areas include:

  • An arcing demonstration shows the danger of overhead power lines. SPEC employees use a mini-transformer/power line set up to demonstrate different dangers of contacting overhead power lines. The demonstration unit produces 7,200 volts, which is less voltage than an actual power line but produces sparks and fire, impressing the real danger of power line contact to the students.
  • SPEC linemen demonstrate a pole-top rescue. The foreman expresses the importance of a quick response time when rescuing an injured crew member. He explains the procedure in detail, but also makes it clear that this is one procedure they hope they never have to practice in real life.
  • Other SPEC employees demonstrate a bucket truck rescue. They explain and demonstrate how a crew must work together to get an injured crew member to the ground safely and quickly. They explain how crew members have less than five minutes to get an injured person to the ground and start cardiopulmonary resuscitation before the brain is damaged due to lack of oxygen.
  • A lineman also explains the dangers of underground lines and padmount transformers. The popping noise of the electricity makes sure everyone’s attention is on the lineman.
  • A fifth demonstration station features a safety video, “The Shocking Truth,” which helps students pull all of the safety information together.

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