PSEG Long Island and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1049 hosted Electric Safety Day for area students to demonstrate the hazards of electricity and electrical equipment. (PRNewsFoto/PSEG Long Island)

 

Because safety is PSEG Long Island’s top priority and because it’s never too early to educate children about being safe around electricity, PSEG Long Island is providing electric-safety education to students throughout the month.

May is National Electrical Safety Month, which is the perfect time to reeducate adults and teach children how to be safe around electricity.

“We provide interactive educational programs for children as young as three, up through high school,” said Rick Walden, vice president, customer services, PSEG Long Island. “As we do each year for Electrical Safety Month, we’ll invite older students to our Lineman Academy so they can get a firsthand look at the dangers of electricity and learn what to do in different situations. Lineworkers will also share with them what it’s like to do their job.”

On May 21, PSEG Long Island and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1049 will demonstrate the hazards of electricity and electrical equipment to more than 100 students from Nassau and Suffolk County BOCES. There will be several stations throughout the day, including electric-safety demonstrations, a demonstration of a pole top rescue, videos on how power is generated, touch-a-truck, and more.

Throughout the month, PSEG Long Island employees will be presenting age-appropriate electrical safety demonstrations to teach children the dangers of electricity and how to be safe around it. Employees will present the PSEG Sesame Workshop Let’s Get Ready: Planning Together for Emergencies program, which teaches emergency preparedness and response initiatives to young children.

Electricity is essential to modern life, yet it can sometimes be taken for granted. Here are some practical tips to help customers stay safe:

  • Do not handle electric appliances with wet or damp hands, and never use electric appliances in wet or damp conditions, unless the appliances are specifically rated for that use.
  • If there are small children or pets around, make sure unused wall outlets have safety coverings. All outlets within reach should be protected with plastic closures that fit snugly and cannot be removed easily.
  • Inspect all appliances and extension cords regularly to ensure that they are in good condition. Cords should not be frayed or damaged. Ensure that cords don’t run under rugs or have furniture resting on them.
  • Never pour water on an electric fire, as water acts as a conductor and can cause shock. A fire extinguisher that is rated as Class C should be used for electric fires.
  • Locate smoke detectors on the ceiling away from air vents and near bedrooms. Test smoke detectors every few months to ensure they’re working, and change the batteries every spring and fall when the clocks change.
  • Never touch a downed wire or go near one. Always assume the power line is live and call PSEG Long Island at 800-490-0075 to report downed wires.

The safety of PSEG Long Island’s employees and customers is always the top priority. The utility is excited to continue these presentations to children. For information on having a presenter speak at your school, camp, or event, please complete the Community Partnership Program.

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