May Celebrates Electrical Safety Month

In May, electric cooperatives across the country promote safety awareness to coincide with National Electrical Safety Month.  Every year, thousands of accidents occur due to shock hazards, and Kankakee Valley REMC, a not-for-profit electric utility, is committed to educating the public about potential electrical dangers in the home.

Many home fires occur when electrical equipment is outdated or improperly used.  In 2015, 1,345,500 fires were reported in the U.S., a 3.4% increase from 2014, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

It is critical that the public understands their home's electrical system and safety concerns associated with the latest residential technologies before bringing them into their home.  With new technologies,  such as solar panels, electric vehicles and more electrical gadgets in the home, people need to be educated and make sure to have an electrical system that's compatible with the increased load.

To raise awareness on the importance of electrical safety, Kankakee Valley REMC offers a high voltage safety demonstration to schools, groups and other organizations.  Using a kite string, a replica of a squirrel and a tree branch, lineman are able  to demonstrate some of the dangers of coming in contact with overhead or underground electrical equipment.  For more information on the high voltage safety demonstration, click here.

If you are interested in having the high voltage safety demonstration at your next meeting or event, contact the Kankakee Valley REMC office at 800-552-2622.

Through electrical safety awareness and education, we can all play a part in preventing electrical hazards and injuries in the future.