At the request of the Illinois Extension Office, Clay Electric Co-operative participated in electrical safety training to students of first responder training recently held at Washington School in Flora.
The training is titled MyPI, which is the Illinois Youth Preparedness Initiative. Luke Johnson presented to the class the dangers of getting too close to downed power lines. When an accident occurs, or a storm comes through the area and takes down power lines, stay away from them. You never know if the lines are energized or not.
Clay Electric crews have a monitoring device that they keep in their pocket when out working in storm damage that will detect when voltage is present. If you observe an accident or a fallen tree, look around and make sure there are not any electric lines present before rendering help to someone. Don’t become a victim yourself. Wait on trained personnel to arrive to make sure the area is ok to enter.