Celebrating National Electric Safety, Month Part 2

Power for Progress…
A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority


Plugsbee is the GRDA Electric Express school program mascot. He helps the Authority educate school children about electricity basics and electricity safety.

May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Grand River Dam Authority is proud to join with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) in promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace.

Electricity is something we take for granted, but using is safely is very important. By following a few simple rules the number of injuries, fatalities, and fires caused by electrical accidents each year can be reduced.

Here are some important electrical and fire safety tips from ESFI. Be sure to pass them along to your family.

Electrical Safety Tips
• Keep liquids, including drinks, away from electrical items such as TVs, video-game systems, and computers. They could spill and cause dangerous shocks or fires.
• Never play with electrical cords, light sockets, or electrical outlets.
• Do not overload outlets with too many plugs.
• Never yank on the cord to unplug an appliance. Hold on to the plug itself.
• If you see a broken electrical cord in your house, tell an adult. The adult should replace the cord: Never try to repair it.
• Keep space heaters three feet away from anything that can burn.
• Do not play or fly kites near power lines. If your kite gets caught in a power line, let go of the kite.
• Stay away from big metal electrical boxes in your neighborhood. They’re not safe to play around or sit on.
• When there is lightning, stay away from trees and get inside.

Fire-Safety Tips
• Have smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside each bedroom.
• Test your smoke alarm batteries every month.
• Make sure you have at least two ways out of each room.
• Have a family escape plan for what to do in case there is a fire.
• Have an outside meeting place so everyone knows where to go during a fire.
• Hold a family fire drill twice a year.

Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, families, employees, and communities can help pre­vent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities. Visit ESFI’s website, www.esfi.org, for more information. The ESFI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.

               – Shannon Cook
               GRDA Corporate Communications Specialist

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