By Jeremy Richert, MVEC CEO
At MVEC, we recognize Electrical Safety Month every May, but we also know the importance of practicing safety year-round. From our co-op crews to you, the members we serve, we recognize that everyone has a part to play in prioritizing safety.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, thousands of people in the U.S. are critically injured or electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their own homes. Electricity is a necessity, and it powers our daily lives. Additionally, we want to help keep you and all the members of our communities safe. That’s why you’ll see MVEC posting tips on social media and hosting safety demonstrations at community events and in schools throughout the year, to demonstrate the dangers of electricity.
Electricity is an integral part of modern life. I’d like to pass along these practical electrical safety tips:
Frayed wires pose a serious safety hazard. If cords become frayed or cut, replace them, as they could cause a shock when handled.
Avoid overloading circuits. Circuits can only cope with a limited amount of electricity. Overload happens when you draw more electricity than a circuit can safely handle––by having too many devices running on one circuit.
Use extension cords properly. Never plug an extension cord into another extension cord. If you “daisy chain” them together, it could lead to overheating, creating a potential fire hazard. Don’t exceed the wattage of the cord. Doing so also creates a risk of overloading the cord and creating a fire hazard. Extension cords should not be used as permanent solutions.
I also encourage you to talk with your kids about playing it safe and smart around electricity.
Our top priority is providing an uninterrupted energy supply 24/7, 365 days per year. But equally important is keeping our communities safe around electricity.